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What fun!

Last Saturday I got to play as Queen Elizabeth for the first time and I am hooked!

Things that were fabulous: 
1) HeLLOOO! Being Queen! :-)
2) Being supported by the Guild of St. George. They are the gold standard of Courtiers and their costuming and character research are meticulous and considered. They made my job easy and looked great doing it!
3) Wandering the Huntington for the day. There are truly few places on earth more beautiful than this.
4) Badger's period cooking - I only wish I could have eaten more of it!
5) Gar's photos!
6) Perfect weather. Sunny and bright but not too hot.

Things that were not fabulous:
1) It was only one day
2) I didn't have time to make my own dress, though the dress Jeff had for me was a treat itself.

One thing I really liked was that we were portraying one day. Yup. While many groups aim to recreate "a chapter, not a page", we were recreating a sentence. :-) It was the first day of 21-Elizabeth - or November 17th, 1578 - and we are at the Accession Day festivities on Richmond Green after 11 weeks of Progress. *whew* The cool thing is that you can eliminate a great deal of what you have to know by scratching everything after that date. The hard part is that you have to know enough about that date and what comes before to have a convincing conversation with a patron who may know more than you do! The Huntington audience is educated, interested and SOBER! A far cry from the masses at the faire, LOL! If I have it right, we did make one exception to the date - Humphrey Gilbert wold have been at sea fro maybe a month, so we let him stick around a hair longer than he did. And the Huntington had one other date-exception: they had a band of players doing Shakespeare, and he would have been something like 11 years old. Both minor exceptions I could easily live with. LOL! What a difference from the big faire!

Anyway, it was great fun, and probably the best situation I could have hoped for to start with the role. Photos of the whole day are here on Gar's site, and a couple of me as her nibs behind the cut. :-) Pix are kinda big so be forewarned...

The grand entrance


Those sleeve puffs! ARRRRGGGHHHH! The only thing about that dress I didn't like...


Dancing Chiara Stella with Andrew...


And my first try out of my new ruff set with the silver lace - made by the Renaissance Tailor, and worth every penny!


Date: 2007-11-21 06:42 pm (UTC)

Date: 2007-11-21 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] demode.livejournal.com
HOLY CRAP! You look amazing, and the day sounds amazing! I would wet myself to have been in your shoes.

Date: 2007-11-21 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trystbat.livejournal.com
Ooooo, you look excellent, your majesty!

Date: 2007-11-21 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fioretti.livejournal.com
You look marvelous! And the wig,, well, nowhere near as scary as some that I have personal experience with...

Date: 2007-11-21 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] love3angle.livejournal.com
So I have heard! When [anonymous] asked me what I'd be doing with my hair and I replied, "Oh, Jeff has a wig." they went white and shook their heads violently. I got nervous.

From what I understand, that wig was more of a Gibson Girl hairdo that "looked like it was swallowing her head." Jeff's description. LOL! *ahem* But this is the one he made for Elizabeth Rex - not perfect, but better than I expected.

Date: 2007-11-21 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahbellem.livejournal.com
HOTNESS!

What a fabulous treat!

Date: 2007-11-21 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jillwheezul.livejournal.com
Wow, you're lovely!!!! It's good to be Queen :D

Date: 2007-11-21 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bauhausfrau.livejournal.com
WOW. You seriously look like a movie star.

Date: 2007-11-21 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peggyelizabeth.livejournal.com
you look a-maz-ing! There are some really cool photos of you & the whole event.

Date: 2007-11-21 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennylafleur.livejournal.com
You look so fabulous! Although I must admit it's weird seeing you as a redhead! :>

Date: 2007-11-21 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] love3angle.livejournal.com
LOL! I was a redhead for years until about a month before I got hired for this. DOH!

Date: 2007-11-21 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennylafleur.livejournal.com
Not THAT red though, right? I recall a more honey colored red. :P

I'm used to the dark now I guess.

Date: 2007-11-21 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] love3angle.livejournal.com
Yeah, I was usually darker and more blue-ish red than orange-red like the wig.

Well, you know what I think...

Date: 2007-11-21 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] garphoto.livejournal.com
But when I saw you in all your GLORY the first thing that crossed my mind was...
"The sun'll come out Tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar, that tomorrow there'll be sun!"
Edited Date: 2007-11-21 08:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, you know what I think...

Date: 2007-11-21 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] love3angle.livejournal.com
You're a bad, bad man. LOL!

The wig, well...let's just say, you gotta work with what you're given. :-)

Great photos of the whole day, sweet stuff! I LOVE what you're doing with hands! And the shots of the table silver.

Date: 2007-11-21 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] love3angle.livejournal.com
Thank you to all the lovely comments! It was a magical day.

I hope you get a chance to go to Gar's site and see the other photos because everything else going on that day was lovely, too, and Gar's pictures are a real treat!

Date: 2007-11-21 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinque.livejournal.com
Hooray! Even queen for one day is such a wonderful opportunity.

You look fabulous:)

Date: 2007-11-22 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mc-cadieux.livejournal.com

OMG! You're absolutely breath taking 8-}

I can hardly recognise you, this whole kit suits you so well, they should have chosen you for "The golden age" instead of Cate Blanchett, the movie would have been more *visualy* pleasant! :D

You look fabulous dear :))

Date: 2007-11-22 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sewaddicted.livejournal.com
you look deliciously regal.

Date: 2007-11-22 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colleency.livejournal.com
You are so fabulous!

Date: 2007-11-23 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myladyswardrobe.livejournal.com
Wow! You look fantastic! I will never get this kind of opportunity in the UK re-enactment circles!

While many groups aim to recreate "a chapter, not a page", we were recreating a sentence. :-) It was the first day of 21-Elizabeth - or November 17th, 1578 - and we are at the Accession Day festivities on Richmond Green after 11 weeks of Progress. *whew* The cool thing is that you can eliminate a great deal of what you have to know by scratching everything after that date. The hard part is that you have to know enough about that date and what comes before to have a convincing conversation with a patron who may know more than you do!

Thats what we do in Kentwell - its always a specific day rather than a vague group of years. And yes, it is easier in some ways and more difficult in others.

Though, I haven't really noticed that our patrons (or punters as we call them) are particularly knowledgable. On the other hand, they are usually wanting to "learn" about the time period and this year, a lot of them were absolutely fascinated with all my needlace stuff!

I hope you get an opportunity to be Queen again some time! You really do look beautiful and regal!

Date: 2007-11-24 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tayloropolis.livejournal.com
Holy. Crap. You look fantastic! Like, straight out of a picture fantastic! I am VERY impressed!

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