Saturday, April 29, 2017

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Anniversary April 29th

It is sort of one of those "Where were you..." moments... April 29, 2011, when Prince William married Catherine Middleton. A wonderful pageant indeed...

We all watched and loved it...most with a cup of tea in hand... I know we did....
So Happy anniversary today, April 29th, to the royal couple!

We have a few left of the English bone china Royal Wedding mugs from 2011. We had cups and saucers, but they sold out...and due to an error...I sold mine!!! Oh well...

And May 2, 2015 the family welcomed a second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, so Happy Birthday Charlotte!

We also have a few of the Princess Charlotte birth mugs left as well....

These 2 photos are from Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday celebrations on her official 90th on June 21, 2016
So, a special week for the Royal family, and Brits all included!
Thanks for joining me and have a lovely week!
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shakespeare Time! April 23rd Shakespeare's Birthday And Death Anniversary

Hello there....and welcome to Time Was Antiques blog...

 I just wanted to pop in today, as April 23rd is the anniversary of both William Shakespeare's birth and his death...The above image is my favorite, although probably decidedly glamorized, but the one below is the more often seen image of Shakespeare...ubiquitous even!
This engraving was made by Martin Droeshout for the First Folio, published in 1623.

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 on April 23rd and dies on April 23rd 1616...amazing coincidence...and what an influence his works have had on the world...

 This is SHakespeare's recreated Globe theater on Southwark on the Thames in London, while the Globe in Stratford is more modern. His plays are still some of the most produced world wide, and quotes from his works are only surpassed by quotes from the Bible as the most used.

Last year, on the anniversary of his death, the Old Vic in Stratford, England...a place we are very familiar with as my husband was born a few miles from there... had a 24 hour Shakespeare reading session with various famous actors called "Tea With Shakespeare". He is certainly a figure recognizable around the world. 
Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

Something else I am excited about...
the re-launch of my English antiques website

I have changed website hosts, and am very excited about the new one!
I would love you to come by and visit! 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Birthday To you! Queen Elizabeth II is 91 today!

Wishing Her majesty a wonderful 91st birthday today...born April 21, 1926.... so this is her actual birthday. The nation celebrates with her on June 21st, her official birthday...

From the Royal Collection Trust this wonderful photo of the Queen at age 4 with her father King George VI....

 An official portrait from her coronation in 1953, taken by Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon who was married later to Princess Margaret...

Queen Elizabeth's official Sapphire Jubilee portrait by David Bailey from earlier this year ...

And many more!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday... Tradition Continues After 600 Years

Dating back to around 600 AD, the ancient tradition of the British monarch as head of the Church Of England distributing gifts on Maundy Thursday continued today, Thursday April 13th.

 Queen Elizabeth travelled to Leicester Cathedral...Yay! Where my family is give gifts of specially minted coins called Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 women...traditional pensioners who are chosen by the cathedral for their good character and good works.  The count always coincides to the years of age of the this case Queen Elizabeth turning 91.

 The coins are presented to each recipient in a leather purse. The ancient tradition was derived from giving alms just before Easter as a demonstration of the humility of Christ, the monarch and desire to help the poor, although now it is ceremonial. But to a Christian like Queen Elizabeth, a privilege and a meaningful tradition.

 All the photos here are from various of the Monarchy's social media sites. This is from Twitter showing the Royal Standard above Leicester Cathedral. My grandmother Emma was baptized there in 1881.

Long Live the Queen!

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Young Jane Austen...Read Her Own Handwritten Notebooks

For the bicentennial of Jane Austen's death in 1817, the British Museum is hosting a special display of several of Jane Austen's earl hand written notebooks, and I just had to share them. 

The notebooks date between the ages of 11 and 17, and are fascinating. The illustrations are by Jane's favourite sister Cassandra, and are thought to be drawn from family members. The photo above is from a BBC article about the exhibit, and you will enjoy visiting the article for more info and photos.
Fascinating!  Here is a link to the article on the BBC website:

Jane Austen Bicentennery Exhibit at the British Museum

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Victoria, Wonderful Video by UK History

I hope you are watching Victoria on PBS... a very good adaptation. And there is a wonderful video series produced by UK History several years ago available on YouTube which includes royal family memorabilia not seen before, and the history to flesh out the TV adaptation. I highly reccomend it!

UK History Queen Victoria part I

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert Burns, January 25, 1759

Wishing a Happy Birthday to the Scottish poet Robert Burns, born January 25, 1759.

He is still remembered by many with Burns Night festivities which include poetry, whiskey and haggis...he even wrote a poem to the famous regional dish of Scotland... which I don't like.  

I recently read a cozy murder mystery by Canadian author C. C. Benison called Eleven Pipers Piping, where the murder occurs at a very rancourous Burns Night supper. A very fun read! 

 I also love his series featuring transplanted Canadian Jane Bee who finds herself a housemaid at the Royal palaces and sleuthful helper of the Queen. Great fun!

So remember to sing For 'Auld Lang Syne of Robert Burns most famous compositions. I won't suggest raising a glass of whiskey...don't like that either! I make a poor Scot... good thing I'm English...I'll have that cup of tea now...
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