February 18, 2014
London, UK
The Queen watches Dame Helen Mirren deliver a speech from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, during a reception for the Dramatic Arts in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace (via Telegraph)

London, UK

The Queen watches Dame Helen Mirren deliver a speech from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, during a reception for the Dramatic Arts in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace (via Telegraph)

December 27, 2013
UK: Frederick Fox, Milliner to Royals, Dies at 82
Frederick Fox, who was 9 when he began designing hats for his mother and sisters to wear to church in their tiny Australian cattle town and grew up to become milliner to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth II of England, died on Dec. 11 in London. He was 82.
Mr. Fox was one of the principal hat designers to the royal family in the last third of the 20th century, when royals and the thoroughbred horse racing set were among the only reliable patrons for the kind of high-fashion millinery art he practiced.
Beginning in 1970, he designed more than 350 hats for Queen Elizabeth — stately hats, hats for the seashore and hats for visits to the United States Congress, all of them required to meet a queen’s standards: perfect propriety, photogenic flair and extreme comfort (since they usually had to be worn all day). (via New York Times)

UK: Frederick Fox, Milliner to Royals, Dies at 82

Frederick Fox, who was 9 when he began designing hats for his mother and sisters to wear to church in their tiny Australian cattle town and grew up to become milliner to Diana, Princess of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth II of England, died on Dec. 11 in London. He was 82.

Mr. Fox was one of the principal hat designers to the royal family in the last third of the 20th century, when royals and the thoroughbred horse racing set were among the only reliable patrons for the kind of high-fashion millinery art he practiced.

Beginning in 1970, he designed more than 350 hats for Queen Elizabeth — stately hats, hats for the seashore and hats for visits to the United States Congress, all of them required to meet a queen’s standards: perfect propriety, photogenic flair and extreme comfort (since they usually had to be worn all day). (via New York Times)

April 21, 2012
London, UK
Face Britain, a light show consisting of over 200,000 self portraits by children, is projected onto Buckingham Palace to form a montage image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. (via BBC News)

London, UK

Face Britain, a light show consisting of over 200,000 self portraits by children, is projected onto Buckingham Palace to form a montage image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. (via BBC News)

March 10, 2012
Leicester, UK
An entertainer performs for the public at the Clock Tower during Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the city as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour (via Telegraph)

Leicester, UK

An entertainer performs for the public at the Clock Tower during Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the city as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour (via Telegraph)

March 9, 2012
London, UK
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attends a service for the Order of the British Empire, at St Paul’s Cathedral (via Reuters.com)

London, UK

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth attends a service for the Order of the British Empire, at St Paul’s Cathedral (via Reuters.com)

March 5, 2012
London, UK
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth II depart after visiting Fortnum And Mason (via Telegraph)

London, UK

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth II depart after visiting Fortnum And Mason (via Telegraph)

February 10, 2012
Sandringham, UK
Queen Elizabeth II attends a tree planting ceremony in the Diamond Jubilee Wood. The Queen marks her 60th year on the throne in 2012. (via Reuters.com)

Sandringham, UK

Queen Elizabeth II attends a tree planting ceremony in the Diamond Jubilee Wood. The Queen marks her 60th year on the throne in 2012. (via Reuters.com)

February 6, 2012
Queen is ‘dedicating herself anew’ as diamond jubilee year begins
The Queen is issuing a message of thanks to the public on Monday morning on the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.
In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the 85-year-old monarch promises to dedicate herself anew to the service of the country, and echoes a call that she made in her Christmas message for the restoration of a national spirit of togetherness.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will spend the day at Sandringham, the Norfolk mansion where her father, George VI, died in his sleep on 6 February 1952.
The couple were out in the snow on Sunday, for a service at West Newton church, on the estate and being greeted with flowers from well-wishers. They visited the local Sunday school in the village hall, but a 90th anniversary parade by the Royal British Legion, in King’s Lynn, which the duke had planned to attend, was cancelled due to the weather.
The Queen’s message says: “Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the diamond jubilee.
"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the UK and the wider Commonwealth.
"I hope also that this jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear heads and warm hearts as we join together in our celebrations. I send my sincere good wishes to you all." (via The Guardian)

Queen is ‘dedicating herself anew’ as diamond jubilee year begins

The Queen is issuing a message of thanks to the public on Monday morning on the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

In a statement from Buckingham Palace, the 85-year-old monarch promises to dedicate herself anew to the service of the country, and echoes a call that she made in her Christmas message for the restoration of a national spirit of togetherness.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will spend the day at Sandringham, the Norfolk mansion where her father, George VI, died in his sleep on 6 February 1952.

The couple were out in the snow on Sunday, for a service at West Newton church, on the estate and being greeted with flowers from well-wishers. They visited the local Sunday school in the village hall, but a 90th anniversary parade by the Royal British Legion, in King’s Lynn, which the duke had planned to attend, was cancelled due to the weather.

The Queen’s message says: “Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the diamond jubilee.

"In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the UK and the wider Commonwealth.

"I hope also that this jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear heads and warm hearts as we join together in our celebrations. I send my sincere good wishes to you all." (via The Guardian)

January 14, 2012
London, UK
Asanga Amerasinghe, master sculptor from ice art specialists ICEBOX puts the final touches to a giant Jubilee diamond to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Year and launch the 4th annual London Ice Sculpting Festival in the Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf (via Telegraph)

London, UK

Asanga Amerasinghe, master sculptor from ice art specialists ICEBOX puts the final touches to a giant Jubilee diamond to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Year and launch the 4th annual London Ice Sculpting Festival in the Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf (via Telegraph)

December 13, 2011
London, UK
An artist’s impression of The Royal Barge passing under Tower Bridge. On Sunday 3rd June 2012, The Spirit of Chartwell will have top billing as the Royal Barge, carrying Queen Elizabeth II in the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in celebration of her sixty year reign. The Pageant, one of next year’s most exciting events, is the largest flotilla to be assembled on the river in modern times. (via Telegraph)

London, UK

An artist’s impression of The Royal Barge passing under Tower Bridge. On Sunday 3rd June 2012, The Spirit of Chartwell will have top billing as the Royal Barge, carrying Queen Elizabeth II in the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in celebration of her sixty year reign. The Pageant, one of next year’s most exciting events, is the largest flotilla to be assembled on the river in modern times. (via Telegraph)

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