I didn’t get any pictures of little princesses wearing the crown as I don’t like having a camera in costume. Instead I bring you pics taken before and after the official opening times.
carnac, the kings page, decided to commit treason by trying on the royal regalia whilst his majesty was getting dressed. As I was taking this his dad was hissing ” he’s behind you!”
The authentically faked ermine on johns crown cap worked well. It’s the white squirrel bellies that were left over from trimming my silk velvet gown with little bits of black fur inserted at intervals. I’ve read this was sometimes done in period when real ermine was in short supply or just too expensive.
Johns next project is new shoes, he wants a pair with gold leaf, I will nag him until he does it. I was interested in how this tunic hung around the neck because when I made it I was in two minds whether to make the neck as a plain round or a slight vee. In the end I went for round, but as soon as we put a hefty brooch on it it became the vee shape I’ve seen in portraits. This makes me wonder if the vee existed at all- especially since this brooch is only silver gilt, whereas a solid gold one would be far heavier.
John liked the cloak, but we’ve agreed to invest in enough plates of squirrel to make two cloaks because he really should have a fur lining, and so should I. We are going to do one cloak at a time because of the expense though, so his will be first.
Slightly blurry shot shot with two of the lads from bifrost guard, who were our guards for the weekend. John has some better ones so I’ll try and post one later. We kept trying to marry them off all weekend but nobody wanted them.
I had fun compering the fashion show, so thanks to the musician for his fanfares, and conquest, bifrost guard, dawn of chivalry, king Edwards living history company and the other ladies whose group name I’ve forgotten for being my sexy models.
several people remarked that the tent looks like a palace, to which my first response was “good, that’s what it should look like” and second, ” I’m not finished yet, it needs more bling”.
there were several little princes who tried on the princess crown. More than one person suggested I also make a prince crown, and I’ll admit my internal monologue was thinking ” ffs, how many crowns does one woman need to make in her life, I’m already up to six or seven!”