1869 November Empress Eugenie at the opening of the Suez Canal

Empress Eugenie attended the opening of the Suez Canal, as depicted here, along with other European royalty. She wasn't very mindful of Muslim sensibilities in this instance (compare to her meeting Sultan Abdülaziz) and she appears to be wearing a crucifix. She and the Lady behind her may already have bad sunburns.

I have read that understandings of time vary. In the USA, the Crusades are "just history," something that occurred long ago with little meaning today while they may as well have occurred yesterday or just a short time ago in parts of the Muslim world, with current actions providing fresh injuries and insults.

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