Your Queen. 👑
Our sleeves were poofed for Our first royal lewk for @saturnthenerd and @bineless joint birthday. We are pictured here with our Prince Consort, carrier of the royal telephone, and official State Photographer.
You know you're in a #royal space when it has fleurs-de-lis sprinkled everywhere. @saintechapelledeparis was literally built for King Louis in the 13th century, to house a relic from the Crown of Thorns. (This is in the middle of when the @notredamedeparis was being constructed.) Here's a history on all of the fleurs-de-lis that are all over the city, courtesy of @britannica: "Fleur-de-lis, (“lily flower”), also spelled fleur-de-lys, also called flower-de-luce, stylized emblem or device much used in ornamentation and, particularly, in heraldry, long associated with the French crown. One legend identifies it as the lily given at his baptism to Clovis, king of the Franks (466–511), by the Virgin Mary. The lily was said to have sprung from the tears shed by Eve as she left Eden. From antiquity it has been the symbol of purity and was readily adopted by the Roman Catholic church to associate the sanctity of Mary with events of special significance. Thus, when Pope Leo III in 800 crown, Charlemagne as emperor, he is reported to have presented him with a blue banner covered (semé) with golden fleurs-de-lis.
That the French kings long used the fleur-de-lis as an emblem of their sovereignty is indisputable. On his seal of 1060, before heraldry became formalized, Philip I sits on his throne holding a short staff that terminates in a fleur-de-lis. A similar staff appears in the Great Seal of Louis VII (1120–1180), whose signet ring was charged with a single fleur-de-lis. Louis VII is believed to have been the first to use azure semé of fleurs-de-lis or (the blazon, or heraldic description, now abbreviated azure semé-de-lis or and designated France Ancient) on his shield, but its use on a banner, and especially on the French royal standard, the Oriflamme, may have been earlier. The reduction to three fleurs-de-lis, today designated as France Modern, was commanded by Charles V in 1376, reportedly in honour of the Holy Trinity." .
Which do you prefer? The grandeur of Notre-Dame de Paris or the more intimate (still grand !) setting of Sainte-Chapelle?