Lavender’s Blue

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green,

When I am king, dilly, dilly, You shall be queen.

Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?

‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Cinderella illustration by Charles Robinson, 1900. From "Tales of Passed Times" with stories by Charles Perrault

“Cinderella” illustration by Charles Robinson, 1900. From “Tales of Passed Times” with stories by Charles Perrault. Photo in public domain.

Cinderella is always dressed in blue – that is, in the Disney versions of this classic fairy-tale. And, here’s the proof – a a few blue head shots of Cinders on my Dooney and Bourke Disney Princess Bag.

"Cinderella" is the blue princess on my Dooney and Bourke bag

“Cinderella” is the blue princess on my Dooney and Bourke bag.

The most recent Disney offering upholds this tradition with Ella (which is our heroine’s real name in this version) looking lovely in various shades of blue throughout the tale.

Ella looking beautiful in blue feeding the animals in her family's home

Ella looking beautiful in blue feeding the animals in her family’s home.

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Top marks go to Kenneth Brannagh’s production of Cinderella – it’s spectacular, a delight for all ages, and well worth a view. Most of us are familiar with the story – so no surprises – but there are some hidden depths to film, if you care to look for them.

When our lives are fortunate it might be relatively easy to be courageous and kind, but when things take a downward turn, these two character traits become a much harder to maintain, just ask Lady Tremaine (aka Ella’s stepmother), played with aplomb by Cate Blanchett.

Lady Tremaine, Ella's stepmother is beautiful on the outside only

Lady Tremaine, Ella’s stepmother is beautiful on the outside only.

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Lady Tremaine is definitely a “piece-of-work”, and not at all nice but might she have been more compassionate had circumstances been different? The audience is left to ponder this?

Drizella (left), Lady Tremaine and Anastasia (right)

Drizella (left), Lady Tremaine and Anastasia (right).

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The step-sisters, Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drizella (Sophie McShera or Daisy for Downton Abbey fans) are not so much unattractive on the outside as within.

In Lady Tremaine's world, she was saving on household expenses by making Ella a household drudge

In Lady Tremaine’s world, she was saving on household expenses by making Ella a household drudge.

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They have no redeeming features, and their behaviour is ghastly – particularly when they coin the name “Cinderella” for Ella because she is covered in soot from the blackened embers of the fire she sleeps beside for warmth.

Ella is renamed "Cinderella" by the wicked step-sisters

Ella is renamed “Cinderella” by the wicked step-sisters.

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It was Ella’s mother who gave her the sage advice – to always be courageous and kind, which she sticks to even though she is sorely tested on many occasions.

Everybody needs a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) in their lives

Everybody needs a Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham-Carter) in their lives.

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Ella is played by Lily James (aka Lady Rose, another Downton Abbey alumnus), and I imagine a highly coveted role because she gets to wear a magnificent ballgown and ride in a golden coach pulled by white horses.

It's amazing what you can do with a pumpkin, a couple of mice, and a few lizards - with the help of a Fairy Godmother's wand

It’s amazing what you can do with a pumpkin, a couple of mice, and a few lizards – with the help of a Fairy Godmother’s wand.

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And, no matter how humble or grand you might be, most of us, including Ella and Kit (a suitably handsome Richard Madden), simply want to be loved for who we are – not who others think we might be.

Ella thinks Kit is an apprentice (albeit a very well dressed one) when they first meet

Ella thinks Kit is an apprentice (albeit a very well dressed one) when they first meet.

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And, it is sort of true that Kit is an “apprentice” – he is a king-in-training, who is wise enough to know that he has much to learn.

You know the rest, the ball, the glass slipper, followed by happily ever after – so here a few visuals to fill in the gaps.

It might be glass but Ella assures us it is very comfortable

It might be glass but Ella assures us it is very comfortable.

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If you want to know the significance of the Lavender’s Blue song at the beginning and end of this post, you will just have to go and see the film for yourself!

We know at the ball that it is going to end "happily ever after"

We know at the ball that it is going to end “happily ever after”.

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I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing;

When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You’ll be my king.

Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?

I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

 

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