Saturday, July 22, 2017

Prince George's 4th Birthday July 22, 2017 Happy Birthday!


Happy 4th Birthday to Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine....


This photo by Chris Jackson from Getty Images is so cute! 



It has been fun watching him grow up...from birth...

to toddler...this photo is by Mario Testino, a favorite royal photographer...

to this week when he turns 4 and spent time in Poland and Germany with his parents... 

during which he looked decidedly underwhelmed by all the proceedings,


although this moment in Germany was probably the hit of the trip for him... 


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

UK Royal Swan Upping Starts Monday July 17, 2017 Happy Birthday Camilla




This is a weekend, starting July 17th, is  the start of the five-day ‪ Royal and annual Swan Upping ceremony in the English rivers around the Thames...



The ceremony, led by The Queen's Swan Marker is responsible for an annual count and health evaluation of the Queen's swans....
The historic ceremony dates back to the 12th Century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.




In the Swan Upping ceremony, the Swan Markers identify, weigh, and health check cygnets or baby swans before releasing them. The Swan Upper advises organisations throughout the UK on swan welfare, and works with fishing and boating organisations, helping them work with existing wildlife and maintaining the swans' natural habitat.


Children from local schools are invited every year to watch the ceremony so they too can learn how to protect the local swan population.  We were in the area one year during the Swan-upping on one of our annual UK visits, and quite a few folks were present to see it. These photos are from the UK Press Assoc.   For more info, click on the links below:



English traditions are always wonderful, and so interesting, don't you think? 

And adding that July 17th is the 70th birthday  of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles. 


This birthday portrait was just released by Clarence House, and was done by the favorite Royal family photographer, Mario Testino.
Lovely!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Queen Elizabeth Visits The Kelpies in Scotland

This week, Queen Elizabeth visited Scotland...  staying at Holyrood House in Edinburgh...


Part of her time here was hosting garden parties, where various honours are given out to people for their service in communities across Scotland.... 


And she also visited a place I have always wanted to go...but haven't been able to go...but our neice and husband who live in Morecambe  in the UK went on holiday...the famous Kelpies in Falkirk... the photo below is from my niece...

 To gauge size of these massive tower sculptures, look carefully and you will see people on the walks around the bases. 



The sculptures, by artist Andy Scott, who was there and met the Queen and Duke, depict the Clydesdale horses who worked to tow the canal barges up the canals on the towpaths along side and inspired his sculptures...
The photo above shows the artist on the right with Clydesdales Duke and Baron...



The queen met some representatives of the breeds that pulled the canal barges...the Queen loves horses, so I am sure she enjoyed this... 



 photo from The Telegraph
The Queen also travelled by canal boat in the newest section of canal in Scotland, named in her honour.  The Queen Elizabeth II Canal forms the eastern gateway to the Forth and Clyde Canal and flows right up to the acclaimed horse-head sculptures...part of the 43 billion pound Helix Project reclaiming unused or underused land and waterways...



 The 30m-high Kelpies structures CREDIT: PA
 The Kelpies are a wonderful example of modern and monumental public sculpture in the UK...especially in the north...
Just thought you might be interested!
Have a lovely week and a cup of tea with friends!
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy 150th Canada!

Just wanting to wish my neighbor nation of Canada a warm 15th anniversary of the Confederation!


This was from a Victoria, BC Canada...which is our closest big city...favorite hotel of ours when in Victoria, the Hotel Grand Pacific. You can see it there across the Inner Harbour with the Coho, the ferry we take to get there, in front of it. 


Prince Charles and Camilla arrived on June 29th for the festivities and are carrying out a Royal visit to honour the anniversary....




 In September of 2016, Prince William and Catherine visited Canada for the second time, this time visiting the West Coast, staying in Victoria, BC, and accompanied by their children George and Charlotte....




Before that, you probably remember the visit in 2011 of Prince William and Catherine, newly married, for Canada Day followed by a tour of the East Coast mainly...




Over the years, most English kings and queens have visited Canada...here are a few examples of souvenirs of their visits...


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This Wedgwood basalt pitcher has the Royal crest and is a souvenir of a visit of  Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince George... later King George V, and his wife...who became Queen Mary, the Duchess of Cornwall and York, who arrived in Canada in 1901 aboard RMS Ophir.  


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This is a commemorative spoon from the visit in 1939 of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, parents of Queen Elizabeth II...


 So Happy 150th Canada and many more!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Queen Elizabeth's Official Birthday, Trooping The Colour

Today, Saturday June 17th, is the day Queen Elizabeth II gets to celebrate her second birthday this year....


Queen Elizabeth was actually born on April 21, 1926, but the April 21st date tends to be more private and family oriented. But when you are Queen, everyone wants to celebrate with you! So as the weather is more amenable in June, the 3rd Saturday is set aside as her official or public birthday...and she was 91 in April!



In the earlier years of her reign, she attended the Trooping Of The Colour annual birthday celebration by the Brigade Of Guards on horseback, until a would be assassin shot at her as she rode down the Mall in 1983. The photo above is the Queen on the horse Burmese, whom she was riding that day.  A life long skilled horsewoman, she weathered it well, but after that she has ridden with other family members in coaches to the military tribute.  
The Queen and Burmese were on the special 1977 Silver Jubilee coin struck to honour Her Majesty for 25 years on the throne...

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Below is an almost yearly occurrence...one of the Guardsmen goes down...especially if it is a warm day.
My husband participated in several Trooping The Colours for Her Majesty as he was a Coldstream Guard, one of the Queens Own Brigade of 5 regiments.
He said he never fainted, but one year the Guardsman next to him went down.
Adding insult to injury, they were ragged, and charged with being Idle On Parade and had the UK equivalent of KP....


These photos are all from previous years...looking forward to seeing the 2017 versions...









Look for bands, carriages and family members...Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall always ride in carriages, because their husbands are usually part of the procession on horseback...



This is from 2013 with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duke of Gloucester...Princess Anne is just out of sight...



 The Queen rode in a carriage last year, and I assume she will again this year...



 Pretty spectacular! And then, there will the group on the balcony...always love that....


Fun to see what George and Charlotte will get up to this year...




 William helped his Grandmother, the Queen, console victims and first responders of the Grenville fire in London yesterday June,16th...he and the younger family members are taking up many duties now that Prince Philip has retired from the many engagements he accompanied the Queen to.


 And June 21 is William's birthday...having been born on June 21, 1982..so happy birthday to William, Duke of Cambridge as well. 


 Happy Official Birthday Ma'am!
Images from today's birthday, 2017

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II Takes 175th Anniversary Historic Royal Train Journey

If you watched the first season of Victoria on PBS, you saw the first Royal train journey in 1840...here is a photo from the PBS Victoria first season of Prince Albert on the train from Pinterest...couldn't find one of Victoria who rode the train later in the day...


But on June 13, 1842, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made the first Royal train journey on the Great Western Railway in a specially built carriage...this is a drawing from a newspaper before the event...



The journey took 25 minutes from Slough to London Paddington and was considered very shocking or forward thinking of the queen, depending on your temperament...
Of her experience, Queen Victoria wrote in her journal "it was delightful and so quick".
 "It took us exactly 30 minutes going to Paddington, & the motion was very slight, & much easier than a carriage, also no dust or great heat."


Today, Queen Elizabeth recreated that journey for the 175th anniversary...and engine 800003 was renamed the Queen Elizabeth II was renamed in her honour....the journey from Slough to London Paddington took 19 minutes today...an improvement! 


On the train, the Queen sat next to Isambard Thomas, great great grandson of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the man who had built the train Queen Victoria travelled in in 1842.


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Below is an artist's impression of the first journey...


The Queen used the railroad often, but stipulated that the train would go no faster during the day than 40mph and 30mph at night, and must stop for meals... Below is a newspaper illustration of her journey with King Louis-Philippe of France...


The following photos are from Getty Images and show the Royal carriage in 1901 just after Queen Victoria's death, and an historical recreation of the carriage...



And a photo of the Royal private sitting room from 1901...


We have used the trains often in England, from one end of the country to the other and all points in between, and have enjoyed them and found them pretty convenient and dependable...and quite fun!
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