I'm interested in the historical fact that there were individuals (and families) who were fiercely loyal to a royal family and served them. In terms of suggestions from most to least ideal, I'm interested in (1) biographies that depict this loyalty, (2) fictional depictions of this loyalty, and (3) individuals who this describes. And to be a bit more clear on the situation I'm interested in: (1) the individual served the royal family in some significant capacity and perhaps ideally had a personal relationship with the royal family (they weren't just peasants who admired the royal family from afar), and (2) the individual was ideologically supportive if not passionate about the royal family and the monarch (they weren't just performing their duties to make a living). Thanks!
What books can you think of that are essentially fanfic of real-life people? I've read "American Wife" (Laura Bush), "The Royal We" (Prince William & Kate Middleton), and am in the middle of "The First Affair" (Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton), and am finding myself really attracted to these types of books. Are there other books out there like that?
Any sites that offer royalty free and free images? [more inside]
I'm trying to get an idea of WHICH areas of Creative Commons I can draw from on Flickr. I work for a state doing something that, while noncommercial, does support business in a way. I want to use creative commons pix for a website we're putting up. So attribution, I get. That's easy. The others I'm not sure about - as a government office are we, by dint of our setup, considered non-commercial? And the non-deriviative works...does that mean we can't even crop it? And I completely don't understand "share alike" at all. Does that mean if we use THOSE photos we have to let anyone have our website template and content (which would be our only original work) for free with complete unrestricted use?
when diana spencer married prince charles, she was since known as princess diana—so much so that i had to look up her former surname to be reminded what it was. so why is the duchess of cornwall commonly referred to still by her given name, kate middleton?
I am looking for gift ideas for a Pollyanna gift exchange. The theme for the gift is "Royalty". The rules of the exchange allow various forms of trading so it doesn't have to be a gift targeted to any specific type of individual, just fit the theme. The participants are adults. Price range would be $25-$50.
If Prince William and Duchess Kate were to legally adopt a child, would that child take hereditary positions and title? If not, would the Queen have the power to bestow them -- that is, to declare a child to be in line for the throne? [more inside]
Can you help me identify what foreign dignitary, or royal family member with loads of secret service detail, I saw at Target today? [more inside]
Is there an industry standard royalty rate for translation rights? [more inside]
I know an elderly woman who claims to have been a good friend of Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood. I believe her story and wanted to verify it. [more inside]
How much awareness do modern UK citizens have of the peerage? [more inside]
Sometime between 1997-1999, I remember there being a website where you could declare yourself to be the Duke or Duchess of a real city (I chose Texarkana). And then if you paid money, you could upgrade (e.g. Prince/Princess). I can't remember the backstory though (was it after the singularity? was it in case of apocalypse?). Does anyone remember anything more about this?
I'll soon be working on a no-budget video project, and I need to secure a variety of different types of music to go with the video. Where are the best places to find royalty-free music online? [more inside]
I was looking at this chart of the ancestry of Charles II of Spain. There are quite a few uncle-niece marriages in his family tree. Presumably, at the time, this was permissible under Spanish or Austrian laws. When did uncle-niece marriage start to be considered incestuous in Europe?
Anyone point me towards some music that I can download and use to accompany the photographs that I'll be taking at my son's school sports day? I intend selling copies of the disc for a few pounds each to raise some money for school funds, so either copyright free or some sort of UK waiver would be essential. The music should be upbeat and appropriate for a sporting theme.
I recently produced some high definition videos to use internally at work. They used music from the Iron Man OST - Suddenly my company wants these to go public on our website - help me find alternative music! [more inside]
How much of a news clip can I use in a commercial without paying royalties? [more inside]
Where can I find royalty free footage of new year's even in times square? The times square alliance was of no help. Preferably footage that shows the countdown/ball dropping/confetti/people/etc.
Help me remember the name of a goofy British royalty/celebrity "Battle of the Network Stars"-esque sort of thing that was on cable many, many years ago. [more inside]
What are the legal issues and requirements regarding the use of someone else's creative property/material in spin-offs, and fan related projects? [more inside]
How much money does a given band (say Led Zep) make each and every time a song of theirs is played on the radio? [more inside]
Historically, has there been a member of Royal blood that, for either philosophical, political or religious reasons eschewed the royal lifestyle and struck out on their own? [more inside]
Royalty-free video sources for trade shows? I have a trade show coming up in a few weeks. As part of our technology demo we want to show relatively high-quality video signals passing through our devices. [more inside]
If someone were to create an actual working version of fictional technology, would the inventor have to pay royalties to the owner of the original fiction? [more inside]
What is a fair percentage to charge for royalties for the use of my photographs? [more inside]
Are there any good sources for free sound effects? Preferably free in terms of both purchase and royalty costs.
What is the proper etiquette/protocol for Americans greeting or addressing non-American people of title? Does one say "Her Majesty" or "Your Highness" or "Lady So-and-So" or other formalities, if one comes from a country with egalitarian and anti-monarchist roots and beliefs, where the non-recognition of titles is even a part of the Constitution? How about the whole curtsying thing? Where is the line commonly drawn between being polite to someone and being true to personal and national values? [more inside]
PersonalPronounFilter: What's the origin of the word "Your" in "Your Honor," "Your Majesty," and "Your Excellency" (among many others)? Why not "My Majesty" or "The Majesty?" Isn't the Queen supposed to be the source of my majesty? She sure as hell doesn't get any additional majesty from me.
If I lived in a country (mentioning no names, because I'm not sure if it is treason...) that had an unelected head of state, and whos position was based on the family they were born into, how would I go about getting rid of them, in any way other than the obvious one? I'm thinking some kind of political campaign, etc.