November 24, 2012
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Many of us on this site have known one another for a long time, some dating back to Geraldine's former website. You can read about the history of this website at Unofficial Royalty: About Us. Some are new to Unofficial Royalty. For this reason, we'd like to invite you to participate in a voluntary roll call to introduce or re-introduce ourselves and let everyone know who's who. Post your real name only if you feel comfortable sharing it. I'll start!
Real name: Susan
Location: New Jersey, USA
Favorite royals: Queen Victoria, her family, and other long-dead royals
What brought me to Unofficial Royalty: I was an AOL Royalty Community Leader from 1997-2005 hosting chats, moderating message boards, and writing content. Due to legal issues, AOL ended its Community Leader program in 2005. I had known about Geraldine's site for a while and had started participating on the forums prior to the end of the AOL Community Leader program. When I told Geraldine of my background, she immediately put me to work! Currently, I am one of the administrators of Unofficial Royalty and along with Scott, we are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the website which includes overseeing the forum and news areas, and researching, writing and publishing the various content areas.
Since my kids finished college, my husband and I have made several visits to Europe where we have visited royal sites in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, Russia, Austria, and Germany. I have been fortunate that he tolerates visiting royalty related sites and he's even picked up some royal knowledge!
Eleanor of Aquitaine, by the wrath of God, Queen of the English
January 2, 2013
Real name: Mary Anne
Location: Upstate New York, USA
Favorite Royals: British monarchs from Tudors to present
I encountered the forum back in Geraldine's days, so I've been around for awhile but became a more active poster when Unofficial Royalty started. I spent a long time as a browser but then discovered I enjoyed participating in the discussion. I was pleased when Scott asked me to be a moderator and, as this will be my last year teaching, I hope to be able to have more time to stimulate discussion.
My interest in British royalty started when I was in sixth grade and received my first library card. The first book I ever checked out was Elizabeth Jenkins' Young Elizabeth. I never lost my interest in the Tudors (the real ones, not the ones in the television series) and went on to become a college professor specializing in Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton. Looking back, I should have majored in history but manage to incorporate my interest in that as I teach courses in Renaissance drama and literature.
For many years I had the privilege of taking students on what was called The London Learning Experience, a three week intercession course that I quickly moved to the summer. Although I loved London (and still do, finding something new to me every time I go there), I decided my students loved the club scene more than historical and literary sites. I quickly moved the first part of the trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Bath and other places so that when we returned for our London Experience they were tired enough and poor enough to pay some attention to the purpose of the trip.
One unexpected result of these trips was that I acquired a daughter-in-law (and subsequently two granddaughters) when one of my sons went with me and met another student whom he didn't know. They tell me they fell in love in the garden of Keats' cottage in Hempstead. They certainly came back to the US as a couple.
In retirement my husband and I hope to be able to do some traveling on our own again and revisit sites we have seen and discover new ones.
"If I had been born crested not cloven, you would not talk to me thus, sir." Elizabeth I of England
Lady in Waiting/Squire
January 1, 2013
Hi! I'm Mrs Gramma and as that name implies I claim 8 delightful grands. Four live in the USA, and 4 in Australia. I am American by birth and have lived in Australia for nearly 42 years. My interest in royalty began when as a child I read newspaper articles about the British royal family. I no longer personally collect or 'amass' books and other publications re royalty but get my thrills on the 'net – especially this site - and books from the public library.
My particular interests are genealogy, weddings, fashions, and jewels. My favorite royal is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. -Martin Luther King Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)
January 6, 2013
Online name: Gidzmo.
Time in Unofficial Royalty: I was here before the board ownership changed.
Favorite royals: the current British Royals.
My interest in Royalty was born in my junior year of high school. The history elective class was studying World War 1. I had not heard of Nicholas II or Queen Victoria, nor had I known about Victoria's relationship to nearly every European Royal House. Over a very long time, I had learned about the other Royal Houses, how they were governed, how styles and titles work, etc.
I met Susan on the AOL Royalty Boards (she ran many lively chats, all of which ended with her signature bear). I was quite unhappy to see that AOL pulled all of their moderators, leaving the message boards a free-for-all. I left AOL shortly after that. I also spent some time on alt.talk.royalty, but I have not been able to access that particular newsgroup.
Most of my knowledge has come from here, but I have a small library of Royalty books. Most of my knowledge is on the British Royals, since some of our history is tied in with the British history.
"Men's evil manners we write in brass; their virtues we write in water."
--Griffith, Queen Katherine's servant (from Shakespeare's "Henry VIII")
December 7, 2016
November 24, 2012
January 1, 2013
Site name: Shay
Location: Seattle, Washington (area)
Family: Mother of 3 with only 1 still in the nest.
Interests: When my nose isn't in a book or working I'm usually watching the history channel, cooking, or crafting. Genealogy and architecture over the course of European history is what drew me to AOL royalty board where I met several current members of this board. Most of the royal I read about were born between 1400 and 1850. French, British and Russian royals at the forefront.
The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
January 6, 2013
January 1, 2013
Will here. I found Unofficial Royalty in 2006, and so am celebrating my 10th anniversary as a member this year. I was so happy to find this site and especially this forum, because I had been an unofficial student of royal history for many years and had never met anyone who shared my interest.
I started my fascination with royalty one day when I was about 12 and I found a book on Prince Philip in the biography section of our small public library. His history and the history of his family caught my attention, and I began reading every book I could find on British royalty -- starting with current members of the Royal Family and reading my way back in history. Most of my interest is focused on British royalty from Queen Victoria onwards.
I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, but travel to Europe frequently, mostly to Germany, since I am a professor of German. But despite my professional interest in Germany, I have never gotten very interested in German royalty or nobility.
In my travels I have had several encounters with British royalty. In 1977, I went to London with my parents during the Silver Jubilee Year. On that visit I got the first royal commemorative cup in a collection that now has about forty cups. I didn't see The Queen on that visit (I just got the cup!). In 1984, I saw The Queen and Prince Philip when they attended a screening of "The Dresser" in Leicester Square. Actually I saw her twice--once along with the press and many tourists and fans when she went into the cinema and again standing all alone outside the cinema when she left. She waved at me! In 2002 I went to London for the Golden Jubilee Weekend. I staked out a place by the Temple Bar where The Queen's carriage has to stop upon entering The City, and was able to see every member of the Royal Family from a very close distance. Later that day, I made my way to Buckingham Palace to join the masses in cheering on Her Majesty when she made one of her famous balcony appearances. After she and the rest of her family went inside, I sang God Save the Queen and Jerusalem with the crowds.
I've enjoyed this forum a great deal and have learnt a lot. I've gotten interested in the Scandinavian royal families. In the last few years, my participation has lessened, because of work responsibilities. But I do still check things out from time to time and greatly enjoy seeing what others are posting.
January 4, 2013
Online name: kansaswx
Real Name: Debi
i found this site when it was etoile. Not even sure how I found it but when I was working I would come in to work and read through every single thing that had been posted that day since I'd signed on the day before. I felt as though I really knew my "friends" Susan, Scott, An Ard Ri, Cindy, Paul, Carolyn, Vivian and some others. I even eventually met Susan, Scott, Cindy and An Ard Ri in person. Cindy is no longer with us but I email two of the others. I really loved the endless, deep conversations with people like Paul.
I can't remember why I got interested in royalty but I know it was about dead ones rather than live ones (love Plantagenet kings and queens) though I do so love Prince Harry and harbor hopes that he will discover this much older American woman and forget about the younger ones. Not sure what I will do with Handsome Italian Husband, but if Harry shows up, HIH is done for.
I lived in the Washington D.C. area (from Kansas if you can't tell from my screen name) but retired in 2011 and moved to South Carolina. I have been woefully absent from this site because it is so, so true that you don't know how you got anything done while working because retirement is so busy. I have visited Europe in the last two summers and Denmark is once again on the agend? Of all royals, Prince Joachim is one of my favorites along with Princess Marie and Crown Princess Mary.
I'm embarrassed that I'm not on the site more and hope to pay more attention.
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Online Name = Breffney Girl
Real Name = Marian
Nationality = Irish
I joined the old Etoile forum in 2009 and followed its transition to Unofficial Royalty. I was a frequent contributor to conversations in the early years. Sadly, less so in the last couple of years owing to other obligations which take a lot of my time.
My interest stemmed initially from a love of anything to do with Princess Grace and Monaco. I am also a huge fan of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Initially I had no idea that the British royal family was related to so many other European royals. I have had great pleasure in researching the backgrounds of all the current European royals and finding out their connections, intermarriages and relationships with each other going back over the past two centuries.
While I don't "login / chat" as frequently as I used to I check the news section on the forum frequently. The time and effort put into making this information freely available for us members is amazing. I am truly grateful to everyone who does this.
Thank you all. I'll be back. !!
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