The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has brought considerable debate over whether he should be remembered as a "reformer" or the very opposite of one; whether his legacy will be that he preserved Saudi Arabia's future or limited its present.
But as this story from a former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia makes clear, there is one thing he will never be: as much of a stone-cold badass as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles was given a private audience with the Queen when he was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2003. At the time, Abdullah was technically still the crown prince, though he'd been de facto ruler for several years. During their meeting, she gleefully recounted the story of Abdullah's first visit to Balmoral, her castle in Scotland. It all started innocently enough, with an offer to tour the estate:
After lunch, the Queen had asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate. Prompted by his foreign minister the urbane Prince Saud, an initially hesitant Abdullah had agreed. The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the front Land Rover, his interpreter in the seat behind.
One of our most talented contributors is Ilana D. Miller, an American author with four books to her name and one near publication.
Ms Miller is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and serves as one of the editors at EUROHISTORY. She has a section inside the pages of of The European Royal History Journal (EUROHISTORY), for which she has written nearly fifty articles on various royal gatherings. In fact, the success experienced by Ms. Miller's section, titled Who Is in the Photograph, led to the publication of ROYAL GATHERINGS (Volume I), a book about a selection of royal gatherings that took place between 1859-1914. This book she co-authored by Arturo E. Beéche, founder of EUROHISTORY, one of the leading royalty magazines today. The book's success led Miller and Beéche to work on several cooperative projects, among them the second volume of ROYAL GATHERINGS and an upcoming book on the Grand Ducal House of Hesse and by Rhine.
Her most successful book is The Four Graces: Queen Victoria's Hessian Granddaughters, lauded by the late Margrave Moritz of Hesse as, "the best book ever written about that side of our family."
She also participated in authoring one very popular anthologies on the Romanov Dynasty: The Grand Dukes: Sons and Grandsons of Russia's Tsars.
Ms Miller's other publication credits include the non-fiction narrative Reports from America: William Howard Russell and the Civil War (Sutton Publishing, 2001), as well as a fictionalized novel titled The Royal Mob.
Royal Gatherings London has invited a select group of historians to give lectures during our conference on April 25-26, 2015.
As we go along, and in preparation for the conference, we will feature some of the books written by our distinguished lecturers.
First, we have talented royal jewel historian Stefano Papi, who has written extremely interesting books on the jewels of the Royal House of Savoy and the Imperial House of Russia. Mr. Papi is one of the most knowledgeable royal jewel experts of today.
We are looking forward to his lecture on "THE JEWELS OF GRAND DUCHESS MARIE PAVLOVNA, SR."
It has not been a week since we announced our upcoming conference, ROYAL GATHERINGS LONDON, to be held in London on April 25 and 26, 2015. The London event is a sister conference of Royal Gatherings The Hague, scheduled to convene in The Hague this November 2015.
The response to our Royal Gatherings London has left us overwhelmed, yet not unpleasantly surprised!
In our first week we have sold close to 60% of the available seats!
Although we are more than three months away, we expect the event will sell out much sooner than we anticipated ... hence, if interested in joining this select group of speakers and royal history enthusiasts, do not hesitate to let us know ASAP if you wish to participate. Once the seats have been filled, we cannot add more spaces and we will be forced to turn people away, much to our chagrin ...
Over 60% of seats available sold in the first week!
Attached is a leaflet with further information pertaining to the lectures and speakers, registration, payment and such ...
I’m now back in the USA…arrived last night at home after a 36-hour return journey!
Our family spent two wonderful weeks in Costa Rica basking in the sun, sand and surf, much to the enjoyment of our son, who must be related to fish!
I am sharing with you more information about the upcoming ROYAL GATHERINGS in London conference…
DATE AND TIMES:
We gather on April 25 at 930am. Introductions will take about 45 minutes and once concluded the first lecture will start us off!
We expect to be done by 530-600pm.
On April 26, we will begin at 10000am and expect to conclude by 530-600pm.
Each lecture will last between 40-45 minutes and will be followed by at least 15-20 minutes of open discussion and question time!
We feel it is EXTREMELY important to open the floor to the participants to address questions and listen to meaningful contributions that you all surely can add!
We have hired the conference room at renowned philatelists and medalists SPINK, an amazingly respectable company founded in London 1666 and holders of two Royal Warrants!
Their address is: 69 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4ET
The cost of the weekend conference is £80.00 (if payable by Sterling cheque) or £85.00 (if payable by Paypal or credit card). Lunch and dinner are not included in this price, but refreshments in the morning and afternoon will be provided.
IMPORTANT: We have a limited number of seats. Since we made the initial announcement awe have about half of these either reserved or on hold. Your seat WILL NOT be guaranteed until payment is received. Once the seats are all sold out, we CANNOT make further accommodations. PLEASE do not delaying letting us know if you plan to attend.
All bookings MUST be done through Arturo Beeche, either by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can also phone EUROHISTORY’s office in California at 1-510-236-1730 or call Ms. Warne in the UK at 01483-474-303
1. By Sterling cheque: Please mail £80.00 cheque payable to Ms. KATRINA WARNE at: 12 Lockswood, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0HL, United Kingdom
2. By Paypal: Send £85.00 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. By Credit card: Email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. If you need us to call you, just send us an email with your phone information and we will contact you ASAP.
Arturo Beéche, Founder & President
6300 Kensington Avenue
East Richmond Heights, CA 94805 USA
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Katrina Warne
Surrey GU24 0HL
1. Hugo Vickers – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Sisters
2. Stefano Papi – The Jewels of Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna
3. Ilana Miller – Royal Gatherings II (a book to be launched at the conference)
4. Coryne Hall – The Royal House of Bavaria
5. Janet Ashton – The Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II
6. Katrina Warne – Bourbon and Habsburg Legacy – Spain’s Magnificent Royal Palaces
7. Ted Rosvall – Scandalous Royals – Or Were They?
8. Katie Tice – The Kaiser’s Daughters-in-Law
9. Arturo Beéche – The Coburg-Kohary Debacle: The Spoliation of One of Europe’s Largest Fortunes
There is a chance that two other speakers may be able to join us. If so, we will move the daily schedule accordingly!
Our partners at Hoogstraten Booksellers will be on hand to sell a selection from their excellent offerings. Ms Bakker will be in charge of sales of all EUROHISTORY’s books, as well as Rosvall Royal Books various offerings.
Other vendors of royal memorabilia have been invited to participate. Their presence is pending arrangements to be made with them.
While our conferences in San Francisco and The Hague take place at hotels, London’s conference does not. Bloomsbury is filled with many available options in this department. WE URGE you to make your accommodations ASAP as this weekend coincides with the London Marathon. Although that event is not where we are gathering, surely rooms will go fast!
We hope to see you partake of what will become a yearly venue in London.
Following the successful hosting of our royal weekend in The Hague, Eurohistory and Hoogstraten English Bookstore with Rosvall Royal Books, have joined forces with esteemed royal expert Ian Shapiro to begin a yearly conference series in London!
The event, co-chaired by Ian Shapiro and Arturo Beéche, will gather at the offices of SPINKS (near the British Museum) on April 25–26, 2015.
With our joint expertise, we have asked several notable writers to present lectures for the enjoyment of the audience. These talented authors include: Stefano Papi, Ilana D. Miller, Janet Ashton, Katie Tice, Katrina Warne,Ted Rosvall and Arturo Beéche. Several other writers and well-known authors have been invited to participate. As soon as we hear from them we will make an appropriate announcement.
Cost information will also be forthcoming. We are trying to price the event at an affordable rate similar to the one we charged at Royal Gatherings in The Hague.
For further information, do not hesitate to contact us at: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We are extremely excited about the sea of opportunity open to us and hope that Royal Gatherings in London will achieve the same level of success of Eurohistory’s yearly royalty conference in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as that witnessed in Royal Gatherings in The Hague!