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. 
so....
Happy Birthday Shakespeare! 

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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 from...to 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 monarch...in 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!
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