How Well Do You Know...Royal Christmases? (The answers to yesterday's quiz are below)
1. Whose coronation took place on Christmas Day 1066?
2. What popular Christmas decoration did Prince Albert introduce to Britain?
3. When was the first royal Christmas message broadcast and by whom?
4. When was the first televised royal Christmas message broadcast and by whom?
5. Which Bohemian king ‘looked out on the feast of Stephen’?
6. Where does the Queen usually spend Christmas?
7. Which of Queen Victoria’s friends was found dead on Christmas morning 1900?
8. Each year a carol Festival of 9 Lessons is televised from King’s College, Cambridge. Which King founded the college?
9. Who wrote the comic poem, “King John’s Christmas’?
10. What, according to tradition, were the names of the three kings who followed a star to Bethlehem?
11. In Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’, Leontes is King of which country?
12. Whose martyrdom four days after Christmas prompted King Henry II to walk barefoot to Canterbury where he allowed the monks to flog him?
How Well Do You Know...Prince Albert
1. Where are Albert born?
2. What was the name of Albert’s beloved greyhound?
3. What was the name of Albert’s tutor during his childhood?
4. Whose death in 1860 marred Albert’s final visit to Coburg in 1860?
5. What great feat did Albert achieve in 1851 despite ridicule from ministers and members of his family who said it couldn’t be done?
The Great Exhibition
6. To whom did Albert write: “I am not of a demonstrative nature, and therefore you can hardly know how dear you have been to me, and what a void you have left behind in my heart; yet not in my heart for there you assuredly will abide henceforth as you have always done...”?
His daughter, Vicky
7. Which famous composer stated that, had he not been a Prince, Albert would have also been a great composer?
8. Which painting, now in the Royal Collection, did Albert create while at university in Bonn?
The Savoyard Minstrel Boy
9. Which humorous talent – also shared by the present Queen – did Albert employ to entertain his friends while at university?
10. Which country had Albert been touring immediately before he arrived in England when Queen Victoria proposed?
11. What was ‘the moment in its saddest form’ that was ‘ever before me’, according to Albert in 1837?
His separation from his brother, Ernest
12. Who wrote of Albert, “Such an entire life for duty, so joyously and unpretendingly borne out, remains for all times something inexpressibly fine and grand!...I never knew a man fit to place beside him, or so made to be loved and admired.”
His daughter, Alice