I think Grand Dowager Violet Crawley should be named the 'most awesome' Granny ever.
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I mean how can you not love her??
"First electricity now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel."
|Vivenne at 2 or 3 years old|
|Anastasia at 3 in 1904|
|"The Birth of Venus" by Alexandre Cabanel|
|Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I|
|Jordi Molla as King Philip II of Spain|
|Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh|
|Abby Cornish as Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton|
|Samantha Morton as Mary, Queen of Scots|
|Elizabeth: Woman, Warrior, Queen|
~ Queen Elizabeth I"My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourself to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people ... I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm."
|Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth|
"[At a time] when wars and seditions with grievous persecutions have vexed almost all kings and countries round about me, my reign hath been peacable, and my realm a receptacle to thy afflicted Church. The love of my people hath appeared firm, and the devices of my enemies frustrate."
~ Queen Elizabeth I