Tag Archive: History

Downton chic in season 3, episode 1

Last night brought us the long-awaited return to Downton Abbey, and what an episode it was! The roaring twenties seem to be smiling upon the Crawley family, with their new wardrobes and haircuts,… Continue reading

How to wear as many diamonds as possible and still look stylish

Wearing fine jewellery is an art form, and the most challenging aspect of this skill is learning how many items you can carry off in one ensemble. Queen Mary, the wife of King… Continue reading

Royal Mothers, Daughters, and Granddaughters at the Olympics

An unusual historic moment occurred as the Queen opened the London 2012 Olympics, as she became the first reigning monarch to open a second Olympic competition in her lifetime. In 1976 Elizabeth II,… Continue reading

Rare King Edward VII Postbox

I spotted this little beauty at Cambridge railway station, and just had to share it with you all. It’s located near to the exit of the station in the wall. I have to… Continue reading

First Look at Shirley MacLaine in Downton Abbey

Series 3 of Downton Abbey looks like it’s going to be a good one. Will they be able to get Mr Bates off the death penalty? Will Lady Mary marry Matthew? Will the… Continue reading

Happy Birthday to Amelia Earhart

Today is the 115th birthday of American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart (“air-hart“, I made that mistake once and it was a tad embarrassing in polite conversation…) was one of the most celebrated… Continue reading

An Ancient Ceremony in Nottingham (Plus Robin Hood?)

On Saturday I was very lucky to be able to go along to one of the most ancient ceremonies in the East Midlands (a region of England that includes several shires). St Mary’s Church… Continue reading

Prince Philip Out of Hospital

Prince Philip, who was taken ill during the Diamond Jubilee weekend, has now recovered and has been released from hospital. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that we are all… Continue reading

H. M. Opens New Website Dedicated to her Great-Great-Grandmother’s Diaries

Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, kept a personal diary of her thoughts and feelings throughout her lifetime. The collection of private journals has been carefully curated, and… Continue reading

Regal in Red, H. M. Re-Opens the Cutty Sark

In 1869 a top of the range British icon was born. She was the Cutty Sark, the fastest and most advanced clipper ship that had ever been built. Built for speed, her aim… Continue reading