Category Archives: Majesty

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.

Sarawak job

Sylvia, who took to her the role of ranee with relish, was not the demure consort expected by the largely Muslim nation, combining hauteur and lewdness while shamelessly (and misleadingly) talking up the dangerous exoticism of Sarawak to outsiders.

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

Red prince

A dynasty’s dying days often produce its most compellingly wayward individuals. Case in point: Wilhelm of Habsburg, who bore an illustrious name but being the issue of a junior branch he wasn’t exactly where the action was (a feeling Barbara Windsor knows only too well).

Red prince

A dynasty’s dying days often produce its most compellingly wayward individuals. Case in point: Wilhelm of Habsburg, who bore an illustrious name but being the issue of a junior branch he wasn’t exactly where the action was (a feeling Barbara Windsor knows only too well).

Can-can king

Mayréna started shopping the kingdom round the colonial powers, but handing out decorations like bon-bons and strutting around Hong Kong in his Gilbert and Sullivan uniform mysteriously failed to win support.

Can-can king

Mayréna started shopping the kingdom round the colonial powers, but handing out decorations like bon-bons and strutting around Hong Kong in his Gilbert and Sullivan uniform mysteriously failed to win support.

The Skossyreff Dynasty

In his brief reign over Andorra, Boris designed his own flag, printed up 10,000 copies of his constitution, declared war on the Bishop of Urgell and laid out a surprisingly forward-thinking plan for his Pyrenean eyrie based on the Monégasque model of casinos and tax breaks.

The Skossyreff Dynasty

In his brief reign over Andorra, Boris designed his own flag, printed up 10,000 copies of his constitution, declared war on the Bishop of Urgell and laid out a surprisingly forward-thinking plan for his Pyrenean eyrie based on the Monégasque model of casinos and tax breaks.

Sissi & Romy

Above all, Sissi is associated in the German-speaking world with the trio of 1950s movies based on her life starring Romy Schneider, which appear in Christmas TV schedules with grim inevitability. The beautiful Austrian actress would come to hate the role of Empress as much as Sissi herself did.

Sissi & Romy

Above all, Sissi is associated in the German-speaking world with the trio of 1950s movies based on her life starring Romy Schneider, which appear in Christmas TV schedules with grim inevitability. The beautiful Austrian actress would come to hate the role of Empress as much as Sissi herself did.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.