A Right Royal Display

“Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.” ~ Sydney Smith


Display is the weekend photo challenge on Weekly Prompts the site I share with my partner GC.

My choices for this challenge are photographs that I took at Harewood House a few days before Christmas 2018.

Harewood House is the home of the eighth Earl and Countess of Harewood (pronounced Harwood) and is a mere fifteen-minute drive from my home.

The Christmas exhibition/display was a celebration of the 1920s, with a focus on Christmas 1929, the year Princess Mary became Countess of Harewood.

A little royal history – 1922 – Princess Mary, the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, daughter of King George V and Queen Mary and sister of the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) marries Viscount Lascelles, the elder son of the fifth Earl of Harewood. 

October 1929 – Upon the death of his father, Viscount Lascelles becomes the sixth Earl of Harewood. Two years later Princess Mary, now the Countess of Harewood receives the title Princess Royal from her father King George V.

Visiting Harewood House is one of my great pleasures, sauntering around the house, admiring the beautiful artwork and the most splendid furniture that has been passed down through the generations, such as below, and all the while remembering the rich history is a delightful experience.

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Harewood Cake display

My second photo is the Cake exhibition in the Grand Dining Room. Have you ever seen anything so decadent and splendid?


Victorian Toys on Display at Harewood

Princess Mary – Full name Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Display from Weekly Prompts

23 thoughts on “A Right Royal Display

  1. Murphy's Law

    Elegance to the nines Sue. They certainly lived in splendor. OMG! Those cakes!! But the Victorian toys are incredible.

    In your first photo, the “building” in front of the fireplace, do you know if that’s just a miniature, or could it be a doll house? This is all so interesting. Thanks for sharing your tour.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. That photo came from the Victorian Christmas (see below) and that year they showed the toys the children would have played with. There were little soldiers on the floor so it could have been a fort of some kind. The rooms are magnificent, as is the furniture.
      I’ve used the photos in two previous posts, but when thinking of ideas for the word Display, Harewood House was uppermost in my mind. You might enjoy the two previous posts, take a look below.
      My favourite is the Victorian Christmas in 2017. The Christmas post from 2018 although focusing on the 1920s was about the 1929 Christmas Eve Dreams that the two little boys had.
      Thank you Ginger, for your lovely comments and I hope you enjoy these other two posts.

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    1. Peter, have you forgotten Victoria’s post about our penchant for naked men in Stately Homes?
      Actually, there’s a row of naked women on the other side to the men, and thankfully they don’t appear to ​be indulging in fantasy! 😂

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  2. I do love stately homes & grand houses, Sue, & what a beauty Harewood looks! They really do pull all the stops out during the run up to & during the Christmas festivities too, don’t they?! I remember seeing a tv programme, a while ago, (I’m struggling to think of what it was called,) but I’m sure they had people re-enacting how the cook & her staff would make and serve the food during these amazing banquets..absolutely fascinating! How lovely, that it’s so local to you too. 😊

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    1. When my children were little we visited the grounds and the play area but I never dare take them into the house. The amazing basement kitchens are still there and in full working order, they hold cookery lessons too, cooking food as it would have been served in the past. The television series Victoria was also filmed at Harewood. 🙂

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      1. Haha! I can understand you not wanting to take the children into Harewood, Sue..you’d never be able to relax & enjoy the surroundings. I’m sure the filming of Victoria has brought them many more visitors, much like Downton has done for Highclere Castle. The upkeep of these huge estates must be phenomenal!

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