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  • How do you do?
    I'm Jamie; an incurably-curious, hopelessly-idealistic, vegetarian, polyglot-ish plant scientist at Cambridge. I spend too much time listening to music, wandering around the countryside, and eating apples.


    penchants: forest walks, benjamin britten, mediaeval history & literature, eastern philosophy, obscure tea blends, copperplate, twilight by the sea, quantum mechanics, thunderstorms, fruit trees, early music, dragonflies, postcards, underground railways, gardening, vapour trails, tiny art galleries, volcanic islands, moths, Virginia Woolf, gin cocktails, travel journals, mountain air, handwriting, continental cinema, bow ties, Lebanese food, historical linguistics, archery, all things Icelandic, & bitter-sweet lemonade.
    Thank you for stopping by; do say hello.

    Just remembered this extraordinary photographic portrait, from 2010, of the Queen as Queen of Scots. The shoot took place by Gelder Burn on the Balmoral Estate, and Her Majesty is dressed in the robes and Collar of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. She is also wearing the emerald-encrusted Vladimir Tiara, which belonged to the aunt of Tsar Nicholas II and was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution. This was, however, plan B; the original plan was to use the official regalia of the Scottish monarch, known as the Honours Three- but tradition dictates that only the Duke of Hamilton may remove these from Edinburgh, and he was unavailable at the time… The photographer’s idea was to recreate some of the atmosphere of the paintings of the Scottish artist Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).

    Below is a picture of the shoot being carried out.

    9 months ago

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