Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photo Number 224


This is a old postcard it has lines on the back but no markings.  I bought this at an Antique Shop in Dorset, Minnesota.  I knew right away it was foreign.  I have no idea what all the letters mean..but here they are.
LL. AA. RR, La Grande-Duchesse Charlotte et le Prince Felix de Luxembourg
 Edouard Kutter  Phot. De Le Cour

Translation: Grand Duchess Charlotte married Prince Felix.  She took the throne in January of 1919, after her sister abdicated, on November 06, 1919 she married Felix of Bourbon, Prince of Parma.    This was apparently their wedding photograph. She was born in 1896 so she would have been 23 in this photo. They went on to have six children. She ruled from 1919 to 1964.

Anyway about the photo, she has a lovely bouquet, but I am not sure of the type of flowers, if you click on the photo to enlarge it you will notice that her dress is made from a brocade type material. She has gloves on and is holding something in her left hand, perhaps a handkerchief all folded up..the groom is holding his gloves behind his back.

I did find out the Edouard Kutter was the Grand Ducal Court Photographer.
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Update** Thank you to Intense Guy for an explanation of the letters! :
I know LL.AA.SS. stands for Leurs Altesses Serenissme which means Their Serene Highnesses in French. I think RR is "regal" or "royal" as it would likely be "their Royal Highnesses".


His Royal Highness (HRH abbreviated in the plural LL. AA. RR.) Is an honorific placed before the names of some members of some royal families who are neither king nor queen. The "RR" is "royale(s)"

9 comments:

  1. I know LL.AA.SS. stands for Leurs Altesses Serenissme which means Their Serene Highnesses in German. I think RR is "regal" or "royal" os it would likely be "their Royal Highnesses".

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  2. That's a beautiful and most unique photo Connie. Always fun to see what you'll have next. The bow on that bouquet is very pretty too.

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  3. This is a beautiful photo, though always the serious wedding photos make me think it wasn't a happy union - even though they really could be happy. The dress could be silk brocade or the like. It needs to be soft enough to drape nicely at the neck, but have a firm enough hand to hold its shape on the skirt. I might be able to find out some info on her dress with a lot of research. Depends on how much free time I have today.

    Also, her flowers look like delphinium. Interesting that the style of wrapping the stems as they are is very popular now in the wedding floral industry. Everything old is new again, so they say.

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  5. Opps. Leurs Altesses Serenissime is French, not German.

    His Royal Highness (HRH abbreviated in the plural LL. AA. RR.) Is an honorific placed before the names of some members of some royal families who are neither king nor queen. The "RR" is "royale(s)".

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  6. Thanks Intense Guy, I made the correction:)

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  7. I spent a long time reading about Luxembourg yesterday. It's a fascinating place, and Intense Guy, since both French and German are national languages there, you are forgiven. ;-) I was so interested in the place that I forgot to research the dress and flowers, lol.

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  8. Norkio, I was lost in Luxembourg myself doing some poking around. It was fun looking:)

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Connie