How Well Do You Know...Royal Affairs?
1. What was the name of the flamboyant Irish-born mistress of Ludwig I of Bavaria?
2. Which actress was the long-term mistress of the Duke of Clarence, later William IV?
3. Who secretly married Alexandra Kolomine on his daughter’s wedding day?
4. Which alleged mistress of Edward VII was confined in a lunatic asylum after accusing him of being the father of her child?
5. Whose mistress, prior to his marriage, was Matilda Kschessinska?
6. Whose mistress was Julie St. Laurent?
7. Which of his mistresses did Alexander II entertain in his own home while his wife lay dying?
8. Who was Edward VII’s last mistress?
9. Where was George V alleged to have had an affair and fathered a child – an allegation for which he later sued his accuser?
10. Who was Maria Vetsera?
11. What was the name of the actress with whom Emperor Franz Josef had an affair?
12. Which of Queen Victoria’s acknowledged himself to be the father of Valerie Marie Schwalb?
How Well Do You Know...Who Said What?
Which royal person said the following (these are not confined to the Victorian era):
1. Although I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, I have the heart and stomach of a King.
2. We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.
3. The highest of distinctions in service to others.
4. I have no objection whatsoever to the notion of the Eternal Father, but every objection to the concept of an eternal mother.
5. Bugger Bognor!
6. My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong.
7. (Referring to smoking) A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
James I (James VI of Scotland)
8. (Referring to his wedding) We're supposed to have just a small family affair.
9. I’d like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family.
10. Now for a nice English cup of tea.
Kaiser Wilhelm II
11. (On his deathbed, to his son) Witness how a Catholic and an Emperor conducts himself when dying.
Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary
12. (On the assassination of his nephew) One has not to defy the Almighty. In this manner a superior power has restored that order which I unfortunately was unable to maintain.
Emperor Franz Josef