The Imperial Carriage





Pictured above is the Imperial Carriage of Iran. The Coronation Coach was built for the Shah and Shahbanou ("Empress") of Iran and used during the coronation ceremony.





Pictured above is an Older Vintage Imperial Carriage of Iran, used for transportation of Iranian monarchs.





The origin of Carriages can be traced back to Chariots.





The reason chariots are associated with the Sun and Chariots of the Sun exist is because it was believed that the Sun was carried through the Sky in a Chariot.

HELIOS (Helius) was the Titan god of the Sun, a guardian of oaths, and the god of sight.

He dwelt in a golden palace in the River Okeanos (Oceanus) at the far ends of the earth from which he emerged each dawn, crowned with the aureole of the Sun, driving a chariot drawn by four winged steeds. When he reached the the land of the Hesperides in the far West he descended into a golden cup which bore him through the northern streams of Okeanos back to his rising place in the East.

Once his son Phaethon tried to drive the chariot of the Sun, but he lost control and set the earth ablaze. Zeus struck the boy down with a thunderbolt. According to some accounts Helios tried to dissuade Phaethon, telling him that even Zeus was not strong enough to steer these horses, but reluctantly kept his promise.

Placed in charge of the chariot, Phaethon was unable to control the horses. In some versions, the Earth first froze when the horses climbed too high, but when the chariot then scorched the Earth by swinging too near, Zeus decided to prevent disaster by striking it down with a thunderbolt. Phaethon fell to earth and was killed in the process.

The moral of the story is not every one can be God and carry the Sun effortlessly and without error through the skies! Usually when one tries to act like God and become a God, ends in destructive catastrophe for the whole planet.

Helios was depicted as a handsome, usually beardless, man clothed in purple robes and crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun. His Sun-Chariot was drawn by four, sometimes winged, steeds. Helios was identified with several other gods of fire and light such as Hephaistos (Hephaestus) and light-bringing Phoibos Apollon (Phoebus Apollo).

In Plato's Timaeus, Critias tells the story of Atlantis as recounted to Solon by an Egyptian priest, who prefaced the story by saying:

"There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water, and other lesser ones by innumerable other causes. There is a story that even you [Greeks] have preserved, that once upon a time, Phaethon, the son of Helios, having yoked the steeds in his father's chariot, because he was not able to drive them in the path of his father, burnt up all that was upon the earth, and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt. Now, this has the form of a myth, but really signifies a declination of the bodies moving in the heavens around the earth, and a great conflagration of things upon the earth, which recurs after long intervals."








Carriages are used for Babies, but also a lot of Monarchs use them as well, because sometimes we act like babies too! ;)





I once owned a 1997 Red Corvette, Really Loved It! A Really Fine American Automobile, went from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, I got sooo many tickets with it! the color was red too which didnt help, made me stand out a lot more! :) Everyone wanted to race me...





This is one of my favorite sportscars... Brings back many fond memories of my teenage years!




























THE CHINESE IMPERIAL FAMILY


Pictured above is the The five-clawed dragon which is the Chinese Emperor's sacred symbol of Imperial Power, representing its Dignity.

Even though dragons are mythological animals, they are symbols of the natural world, they are the rulers of the seas and the skies. The rain divinity is associated with heavenly beneficence and fecundity.

Dragons symbolise adaptability as they are capable of transformations, they also symbolise power and they are the highest symbol of good luck in the animal kingdom.




Imperial Standard of the Qing Emperor










THE LAST EMPEROR OF CHINA

The Last Emperor of China, Emperor Pu Yi, succeeded to the throne as a boy of two in 1908. Three years later a revolution turned the country into a republic and he was forced to abdicate on 12 February 1912.

Empress Dowager Longyu endorsed the "Imperial Edict of the Abdication of the Qing Emperor" (清帝退位詔書) on 12 February 1912 under a deal brokered by Prime Minister Yuan Shikai with the imperial court in Beijing and the Republicans in southern China because the dynasty was seen as having lost the Mandate of Heaven.

Under the "Articles of Favourable Treatment of the Great Qing Emperor after His Abdication" (清帝退位優待條件), signed with the new Republic of China, Puyi was to retain his imperial title and be treated by the government of the Republic with the protocol attached to a foreign monarch. Emperor Puyi and the Imperial court were allowed to remain in the northern half of the Forbidden City as well as in the Summer Palace.

A hefty annual subsidy of four million silver taels was granted by the Republic to the imperial household, although it was never fully paid and was abolished after just a few years. Emperor Puyi himself was not informed in February 1912 that his reign had ended and China was now a republic and continued to believe that he was still Emperor for some time.

After an eccentric up and down lifestyle, When the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong came to power in 1949, Puyi was repatriated to China after negotiations between the Soviet Union and China. Emperor Puyi was of considerable value to Mao, as Behr noted: "In the eyes of Mao and other Chinese Communist leaders, Pu Yi, the last Emperor, was the epitome of all that had been evil in old Chinese society.

If he could be shown to have undergone sincere, permanent change, what hope was there for the most diehard counter-revolutionary? The more overwhelming the guilt, the more spectacular the redemption-and the greater glory of the Chinese Communist Party".

Furthermore, Mao had often noted that Lenin had Nicholas II, The Last Russian Emperor, shot together with the rest of the Russian Imperial Family, as Lenin could not make the last Tsar into a Communist; making the Last Chinese Emperor into a Communist was intended to show the Superiority of Chinese Communism over Soviet Communism. Emperor Puyi was to be subjected to "remodeling" in order to make him into a Communist.

Emperor Pu Yi was eventually imprisoned by the People's Republic of China and was designated as Prisoner No 981 and tended to the prison vegetable garden during rehabilitation.

After several years of ‘rehabilitation’ he was accepted as a genuine convert to Communism and a loyal Chinese citizen and was formally pardoned. He worked part-time as an assistant gardener at the Beijing botanical gardens and in 1962 married his fifth and last wife, a hospital nurse, who survived him. He was sometimes trotted out and shown to visiting foreign dignitaries as an interesting curiosity

Heir to China's Imperial throne celebrates a modest life, the heir to the imperial throne of China (if the Qing dynasty was somehow restored, after a 93-year absence) is quite happy with his job in a Beijing local council office.

"Being an emperor is not an easy thing," said Jin Yuzhang, 62, a nephew of Pu Yi, the Last Emperor of China, He has not joined the Communist Party, preferring to work as a "non-party democratic member" of local committees on political affairs and ethnic harmony. But his wife is a member, and his daughter is in the Communist Youth League.

He thinks the former royals have fared well since the 1949 revolution, suffering less than they did under the Nationalists. "Most of the family have gained proper jobs to raise themselves by their own efforts," he said, adding: "Compared to ordinary people, our lives have been better. My next brother even has his own car."

Some say all Monarch's lives are nothing but tragedy, Now you could be a car-less prince, you could even be a home-less prince or you could be an addict prince or even maybe all of the above, all of which are tragic but you are still a "Prince", a Prince is Prince no matter what... Always count your blessings!