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Elégance

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“I’m still very much a kid inside myself" - Prince Harry
 Happy 30th Birthday, Harry!

I’m still very much a kid inside myself" - Prince Harry

 Happy 30th Birthday, Harry!

"In my end will be my beginning." - Mary Queen of Scots (2013)

vivelareine:

Detail from a portrait of Marie Antoinette by an unknown artist, circa 1775.

vivelareine:

Detail from a portrait of Marie Antoinette by an unknown artist, circa 1775.

archaicwonder:

The Scottish Declaration of Independence, April 6th 1320

The Declaration of Arbroath was made in the form of a letter, composed in Latin and submitted to Pope John XXII in the year of 1320. Its purpose was to get the pope to acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king, to assert Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and to defend Scotland’s right to use military force when unjustly attacked. It was most likely drafted in the scriptorium of Arbroath Abbey by Abbot Bernard on behalf of the nobles and barons of Scotland. Eight earls and about forty barons attached their seals to the Declaration. The following is one of its most popular excerpts:

"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

The Declaration of Arbroath represents the founding of the Scottish nation and it has been credited as being part of the inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.

Photos and info about each individual seal…

PDF transcript and translation of the Declaration of Arbroath…