Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Royal Windsor Horse Show and New Arrivals at Windsor

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was all smiles yesterday as she enjoyed one of her favourite things of the year... the Royal Horse Show at Windsor...



and Windsor Castle has certainly been a co-star this last week....


 With her meeting her new great grandson Archie, born to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who was born on May 6th...




at Frogmore Cottage on Windsor Castle grounds...




Windsor Horse Show is near and dear to her majesty's heart.
In 2016, it was dedicated to her for her 90th birthday....


 The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations were to coincide with the annual Windsor Horse Show.  The Queen’s 90th birthday was on April 21st but special celebrations will take place at Home Park, Windsor between May 12th and May 15th 2016. This birthday show featured 600 horses and 1500 performers, and a crowd of 7,000 for each night’s performance, with the days filled with various coaching and equestrian competitions, often with world class contenders and Olympic hopefuls.



The special 90-minute show in the evening paid tribute to many of the things that have been so important to The Queen throughout her life. It featured horses and riders from Canada, New Zealand and Fiji among other countries and included pipers and drummers according to press reports.
The Queen will attended the last night while others members of the Royal Family were present on the other evenings. 



Simon Brooks-Ward, who produced and directed the birthday show and who also runs the Windsor Horse Show, said that the particular event was to ‘celebrate a truly remarkable life.’

 The Queen, the King of Bahrain and the Duke of York shared a laugh while watching the endurance phase of the trials.

So glad she can enjoy herself with all of her responsibilities. 

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Monday, May 6, 2019

New Royal Baby For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan, or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed a baby son today May 6th, 2019


The baby weighed 7 lbs 3 oz, and no name has yet been released, which is normal. It may not be until the christening...we will have to wait and see...

 The birth comes just a few days before the couple will celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary on May 19th... 
 Click HERE to read the official Royal palace announcement of the birth...


Sounds like an excuse for a Royal tea party to me!
Cheers! 
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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Duke And Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Anniversary, Princess Charlotte's Birthday


 April 29, 2011 was the day Catherine Middleton married Prince William. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge... as they were thereafter styled... celebrate their 8th anniversary today, April 29, 2019.


 I loved her wedding dress... definitely an elegant princess...

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We actually even have just a few of the Royal Victorian wedding mugs at Time Was Antiques we sourced from the pottery for the festivities, although almost gone....

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 And the famous Balcony Kiss on a tea towel... only a few left of those also....

May 2nd is Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday... born May 2, 2015.



Withe her big brother Prince George...
 

Last year at age 3...

And I love this photo of Catherine, George and Charlotte on a school visit in Ireland last year...
 

From the archives of Time Was Antiques, the mug we had from Adderley for the occasion of her birth in 2015... now sold out...
 

So definitely a week for Royal fans.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Prince Louis of Cambridge First Birthday April 23rd, Shakespeare And St. George and More!


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Hello there. Thanks for joining me for a post about English birthdays...


The youngest being little Prince Louis, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who turns one year old today... April 23rd. The photo was taken by his mother, Catherine. So cute!
Wonder if he will face plant in his cake... if he does, it will be publicized!


This was taken of the entire Cambridge family in 2018 when Louis was 6 months old at Amner Hall near Sandringham...




Also...today is St. George's Day, and St. George is the symbol flag of England... ask any English sport fan...not the Union Jack....



 Which is the symbol of the United Kingdom, but the flag of St. George, or the George Cross is the flag of England, and is the symbol on the National teams of England. St. George is the patron saint of England and believed to have died on April 23rd. He is thought to have been a Roman soldier, and, of course...reputed to have killed a dragon.....


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 This is a Dunoon, England bone china mug we have at Time Was Antiques with the ubiquitous image of the St. George Cross, symbol of England...so...


April 23rd is also famous in England because it is celebrated as William Shakespeare's birthday...



 
Who has the added distinction to be thought to have been born on April 23, 1564 and died on the same day in 1616...
 
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We have just added an 1896 volume of Shakespeare's play King Henry IV part II that even has an actual etching of a castle bound into the book... click on the photo for more info at Time Was Antiques


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And, lastly, April 23rd is also the anniversary of the founding of the Coldstream Guards, a unit of the Queen's Brigade of Guards... 5 units, and special to us because it was my husband's old unit. They take turns being actually a crack infantry unit mixed with guarding royal properties including Buckingham Palace...you know, changing the guard, etc. He has some great stories of his times on guard.  For more on the guards, I have posted previously about it HERE


 So... thanks for joining me!


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter and Happy Birthday Ma'am!

Wishing you all a blessed Easter Sunday!


And today, April 21st is also Queen Elizabeth II's 93rd actual birthday, although her official birthday is celebrated in June when the weather is usually more agreeable.


Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 to the Prince Albert, Duke of York (later known as King George VI), andElizabeth Bowes-Lyon.


She became Queen Elizabeth when her father died in 1952 and was crowned in 1953...

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On the 9th of September 2015, Queen Elizabeth surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch...


So wishing a Happy 93rd Birthday to Her Majesty... on of her recent photos with her Cambridge great grandchildren from 2018... love this!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easter Week... Maundy Thursday

Today in the Christian calendar, Maundy Thursday in celebrated, and is always on Queen Elizabeth's calendar....

 Getty photos

this year accompanied by Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, this year at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.


 Part of the tradition is handing our pouches of coins to pensioners... one man and woman for each year of the Queen's age.
This year therefore, 93 men and 93 women...



The money in the White Purse includes 1, 2, 3 and 4 silver penny pieces, the sum equals the number of years of the Monarch’s age.
The red purse contains a 5 pound coin minted to commemorative the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria, and amusingly a 50p coins commemorating Sherlock Holmes... :)

 This year the purse will equal 93p as Her Majesty turns 93 on Sunday!



Maundy Thursday, the fifth day of Holy Week is in remembrance of the sharing of the Last Supper with his disciples before Christ's death on Good Friday.
The origins of the ceremony come from the commandment Christ gave after washing his disciples' feet, where according to the Bible, he told them to "love one another as I have loved you".
Historically, it has involved handing out food and clothing and cleaning the poor.
Ever since coming to the throne in 1952 the Queen has carried out 
the tradition.



Sunday, February 10, 2019

February 10, 1840 Queen Victoria's Wedding

 
 
Hello. On this day, February 10, 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha...
 
 The above depiction of the wedding was finished 2 years after the wedding and was done from sketches made at the wedding...too bad they just missed the introduction of photographs which came just a few years later...


 
The Queen, with a diminutive stature of just under 5 feet tall
must had looked pretty spectacular in the first white wedding dress...
 
I took this at a exhibition of Queen Victoria's wardrobe done at Kensington Palace a few years ago... 


 This is the famous wedding portrait commission by Queen Victoria from artist Feanz Victor Winterhalter as a wedding gift for  Prince Albert, from sketches made at the wedding
 
 
Prince Albert gave Victoria this gorgeous Sapphire and Diamond brooch which you can see in the wedding portraits... gorgeous!
 
 
 The marriage was extremely happy, and after his death at age 42, Queen Victoria wore mourning until her death in 1901. 
 
 
Queen Victoria continued to wear on formal occasions her wedding veil, which was buried with her along with a marble replica of Albert's hand that was always beside her bed.....
 
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