Virgins Saints & Angels creates the best and most striking handmade jewellery in Mexico, combining artesanal and gothic elements with religious iconography. Designer Mercedes Hart went back to her London roots however when she crafted this amazing British-themed belt buckle especially for Nicky. Queen Elizabeth with her fave corgis – it’s just gorgeous!
We have a very special Royal Roundup for you this week: a glimpse at the Queen Mother’s moving and cheerful thoughts about her life at the heart of the British Establishment. Extracts from ‘Counting One’s Blessings’ – private letters and journals from all 10 decades of her life – were published this week to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Via The Daily Telegraph.
The letters reveal her dilemma over whether to marry the Duke of York, who later became king. In January 1923, following a three-year courtship by the Duke, the then Elizabeth Bowes Lyon wrote to one of her closest friends of feeling “terrified” at the prospect of marrying into the Royal family, having finally accepted the Duke’s proposal.
They also reveal her subsequent blissful enjoyment of marriage and motherhood, including many letters in which she writes affectionately of her young daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose.
In a letter to Anne Beevers, her midwife and maternity nurse, written in October 1926 when Princess Elizabeth was six months old, she described her firstborn daughter as “sharp as a needle”.
Another letter to her mother, Lady Strathmore, written the same month, said: “She is going to be very wicked, and she is very quick I think …”
In 1936, following her sudden elevation to Queen Consort after Edward VIII abdicated to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson, Queen Elizabeth wrote to her brother-in-law that she and her husband were “overcome with misery” at being unexpectedly thrust on to the throne.
The letters also convey her heartbreak at the untimely death of her husband in February 1952, following a battle with lung cancer. In a letter to her mother-in-law, Queen Mary, she wrote of her devastation at losing “Bertie”, who she described as “my whole life”.
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While we don’t want to overdo all this monarchy business, we thought these photos of the marriage of The Queen and Prince Phillip were so fabulous, it was safe to share them so close after the Queen’s Jubilee. Especially as they come with a fantastic story: according to the Queen’s nanny, the young Elizabeth lost her heart to Phillip while slow dancing to tunes from the musical Oklahoma! They’d fit in perfectly in the West Village.
You can read the full account of the romance according to Queen Elizabeth’s nanny here.
God save our gracious Queen, long live the noble Queen, God save the Queen! How happy we are to be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. And, as you can see, we are doing it in Great British style:
If you’re in this neck of the woods over the weekend, be sure to stop in and take a look at our range of Diamond Jubilee products, all imported from Blighty:
Our good friends La Belle Epoque on the opposite side of Greenwich Avenue are also getting into the spirit of things, giving pride of place in their window to this gorgeous vintage poster from the 1953 coronation:
We realise we’ve gone a little monarchy mad of late but with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just 12 days away, it’s hard to contain our excitement. The official celebrations kicked off back in Blighty on Saturday with a mile-long military parade showing off the best of all three armed forces. A spectacle in its own right, the 2,500 men and women that took part were a blaze of color, rigor and top notch British discipline. And by all accounts, the general public were blown away by the affair as the surrounding streets overflowed with Union Jacks and jubilant crowds. Bring on June 2nd!
Here are some of our favorite snaps from the day.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here’s a sneak peak at our first shipment of Diamond Jubilee merchandise. Let the celebrations commence!
Blimey, anyone else noticed all this heritage malarkey doing the rounds? Distressed wallpaper in restaurants little more than six months old, half the city dressing like their grandparents, and people sipping cocktails not seen since before Prohibition. Well, we’ve got just the brand to tickle NYC’s vintage taste buds. Colman’s mustard is Blighty’s oldest food brands, “invented” in 1814 by a Norfolk miller who mixed white and brown mustards…. genius!
It has since become a quintessential British condiment, the striking yellow of the mustard itself matched by the distinctive packaging, complete with bull’s head. It received the Royal Warrant (denoting its use in the regal household) from dear old Queen Vicky, back in 1866 and has remained a firm favorite in Buckingham Palace’s store cupboard ever since.
Not as sweet as American mustard, Colman’s has an unapologetic kick to it. Much like wasabi, it is important to use sparingly if you want to avoid a nasal firestorm and streaming eyes! A classic adornment to a ham sandwich, or dabbed on a pork pie (we recommended Myers‘), or Cornish pasty.
We sell Colman’s in-store, or we can ship. Get in touch on 212-989-9735, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just remember – we said a dab!