Category Archive: British Icons

An Englishman’s Home is his Downton Abbey

How can we carry on now that Downton Abbey is off our screens until the autumn? I have found some solace in the Past Times sale, which is offering a range of official… Continue reading

War Horse: A Spielberg Masterpiece

War Horse lives up to all the rave reviews – it’s a daring and bold war epic filled with heart and spirit that will leave you deeply moved. This film is all about the… Continue reading

Vinnie Jones’ “Hard and Fast”

Hard man Vinnie Jones stars in the British Heart Foundation’s awareness ad campaign, Hard and Fast Hands-Only CPR:

The Woman Who Shaped the Windsors

The second half of the two-part documentary “King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy” was an absorbing portrait of Queen Mary. I have to admit that I was previously… Continue reading

British Stars of 2011

The Dowager Countess of Grantham has graced our screens once again this year, and her pithy, witty and catty remarks have had us chuckling for hours: While we take a look back at… Continue reading

H. M. The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, 2011

It’s something of a British tradition for the monarch to address the country on Christmas day at 3 o’clock, and this year’s message from The Queen considered the importance of family, friends and… Continue reading

All I Want for Christmas Is… Liz Taylor’s La Peregrina Pearl Necklace

The auction of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery at Christie’s, New York, raised a staggering $115 million (£75 million) this week, the proceeds of which will go towards her charitable foundations. The… Continue reading

How to look stylish while wearing as much fine jewellery as possible, by H.M. The Queen

Last night H. M. hosted a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in honour of the Turkish President’s three-day visit. The Queen raised a toast in honour of her guest, but I would rather… Continue reading

“What are you doing, darling?”… “Playing with my jewels”

This legendary conversation took place one morning between Richard Burton and his then wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Their romance is as immortal as the timeless jewellery he bestowed on her, which will now be… Continue reading