Happy 30th Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

June 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Royal Family | Leave a comment
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Today the Duke of Cambridge or Prince William as we’ve known him for so many years is celebrating his 30th birthday. The Search and Rescue pilot is said to be celebrating the milestone birthday with a low key affair surrounded by close friends and family after a month of extravagant celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Trooping the Colour Parade last weekend.

Happy Birthday Prince William

Happy Birthday Prince William

I can remember when Prince William was born in 1982, and how the he brought a great sense of joy to the Royal Family. Since we’ve had the pleasure of observing the young royal grow into a gentleman having watched him carry out royal engagements, attend school and university at St Andrews and his Royal Wedding to wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, in April 2011.

What will Prince William’s 30’s bring to him and wife, Kate? Many of us are hoping for a new addition to the Royal Family. From the Bath-Knight team and I Happy Birthday 30th Birthday to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

baby Prince William

Prince William as a baby

Young Prince William on first engagement

Young Prince William on his first engagement

Prince William at Dianas funeral

Prince William walking behind his mother, Princess Diana’s, coffin.

Prince William at Eton

Happier times at Eton

Prince William at St Andrews

Prince William during his university days at St Andrews

Prince William Graduation

Prince William and future wife, Kate Middleton, at St Andrews graduation.

Prince William Royal Wedding

Prince William and wife on their wedding day.

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The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations so far… River Pageant, Street Parities and Diamond Jubilee Concert

June 4, 2012 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend is in full swing and I hope that everyone is enjoying the royal celebrations as much me. I’ve indulged in Diamond Jubilee biscuits and a drop of celebratory champagne in honour of Her Majesty.

Like expected yesterday’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, which saw over 1000 boats, vessels and barges travel down the River Thames, was absolutely spectacular. Having not seen a flotilla on such a large scale before, I was blown away by the grandness of the occasion. Its goes without saying that the River Pageant will be a moment in modern Royal history that will be remembered for a long time.

Although official Diamond Jubilee events are taking place in London (it was fantastic to see so many Union Jacks flying at the Pageant) it appears that Diamond Jubilee fever is successfully spreading across the entire country. I’ve already seen a handful of street and garden parties, beautifully decorated with patriotic bunting, which is great to see in the local community.

Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Lucky for us there are more jubilee celebrations on the way today as Buckingham Palace is hosting the Diamond Jubilee Concert, which will see performances from Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Cliff Richard plus many more. I’ll be watching coverage from the Diamond Jubilee Concert on BBC One from 7.30pm.  I’d recommend tuning in as the concert is promised to be a fantastic show, who knows what surprises organiser, Gary Barlow has tucked up his sleeve.

The Diamond Jubilee – Public Celebrations

May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This weekend will see communities come together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Listed are some of the public events that have been organised to help get families into the spirit of the Diamond Jubilee. They all sound like great fun and are hassle free alternatives to a street party.

Battersea Park Festival in South London is hosting one of the most anticipated Diamond Jubilee festivals on Sunday 3rd June. The retro themed festival will celebrate all things British focusing particularly on the past 60 years.

Battersea Park Jubilee Festival

Battersea Park Jubilee Festival

Battersea’s festival has all the regular features of a festival; live music and entertainment but also includes quirky twists. A classic car boot sale, a village fete and demonstrations from The Women’s Institute plus dance lessons, craft shows and a sing-a-long in pop up pub ‘The Diamond Geezer’.

The event is set to be a real knee’s up. Even better festival goers will also be able to see the Thames River Pageant from Battersea Park- click for more information. 

Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival by Sainsbury’s is the perfect family day out over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The festival, which is open on both the 2nd and 3rd June, will be presented by Myleen Klass and Jon Culshaw with family friendly performances from the Disney Orchestra, Strictly Come Dancing and Warhorse.

Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park

Jubilee Family Festival in Hyde Park

Hyde Park’s family festival is spilt into four stages; Main Stage (perfect for the whole family), Kids Zone, Commonwealth Stage and Parade Ground. Across those area will be performances to suit the audience and honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I’d personally like to watch Commonwealth dance performance live on stage and get a feel for the different cultures from countries within the Commonwealth as it’s an area of the monarchy that the Queen is incredibly passionate about.

For more information about the event including performers, event information and ticket purchasing visit Sainsbury’s Jubilee Family Festival website.

BBC Big Screens will be screening Diamond Jubilee events in cities across the country free of charge for everyone to enjoy. So if you’re in cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh, Swansea or Cardiff go along to a BBC Big Screen and soak up the atmosphere of your entire city enjoying the Diamond Jubilee.

Big Screen Jubille

Watch the Diamond Jubilee with your entire city on BBC Big Screens

Watching via BBC Big Screens are great if you live in an inner city area and don’t have the space or access to host a street/garden party. And if the Royal Wedding is anything to go by I’m sure thousands of city goers will flock to the Big Screens to see the Diamond Jubilee celebrations unfold.

I’d recommend taking a picnic of goodies if you’re planning on staying for an entire day so that you don’t miss any of the jubilee celebrations- click for full listing of cities with BBC Big Screens covering the Diamond Jubilee.

St Patrick’s Day Party Food – Recipes!

March 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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If you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day at home with family and friends this weekend chances are you’ll be making some party nibbles for them to enjoy. As its St Patrick’s Day it only seems appropriate to lay on a feast on Irish delights. So I’m sharing with you my favourite Irish party nibbles- all are easy to make, distinctively Irish and delicious. Enjoy!

Classic Irish Coffee-

Irish Coffee Recipe

Guinness Cupcakes-

Guinness Cupcakes recipe

St Patrick’s Day 2012 Celebrations- Dublin, London, New York!

March 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This weekend thousands of people will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day. The traditional Irish celebration is a much loved occasion across the world. Although celebrations predominately take place in Ireland, parades and festivals are also been held in British and American cities.

St Patrick’s Day celebrations are vibrant and joyous occasions that showcase all things Irish. Parades generally include wonderfully decorated floats, marching bands, live music, Irish dancing and street performers.

If you’re not fortunate enough to catch a St Paddy’s Day parade in Ireland- huge celebrations will be taking place across all Irish cities including Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Tipperary. I’m sure that a St Patrick’s Day celebration will be taking place in a city near you.

Birmingham St Patricks Day parade

Birmingham holds the biggest St Patrick's Day parade in Britain

Birmingham and Manchester have already hosted their St Patrick’s Day parades but that won’t stop further celebration over the weekend. As all major cities in the UK will be paying tribute to the Irish with dance troupes lining the streets, folk music, and of course lots of Guinness on sale in pubs and bars.

If you’re looking for a family day out and a traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade then head to Trafalgar Square, London, where the Irish will be celebrating in style. Sunday’s event will feature endless floats, music, dancing and all sorts of performers plus stalls upon stalls of delicious food and drink. The celebrations will stretch through the city starting in Green Park before reaching Trafalgar Square in the afternoon where revellers can enjoy the Irish festivities until Sunday evening.

Parade St Patricks Day

Emerald green is a favourite in St Paddy's Day celebrations

Although I won’t be venturing to Dublin or London for St. Patrick’s Day I will be celebrating the great Irish festivity with some of my closest family and friends. I’ll be “Chief Irish Coffee Maker”, fingers crossed someone else will make a Chocolate Guinness Cake– it would be rude not to on St Patrick’s Day after all.

Did you know- Americans love St Patrick’s Day, so much so, that they hold some of the largest celebrations in the world, most notably an enormous parade in New York. And since 1962 the Chicago River has been dyed emerald green on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate the Irish!

Happy Chinese New Year 2012

January 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Chinese year of the Dragon has begun today as the first day of the Chinese New Year is officially underway.

A fantastic firework display lit up the sky in Beijing last night as Chinese communities across the world welcomed the New Year. Waving goodbye to the year of the Rabbit (the animal which symbolises my own birthday), they are now welcoming the much thought after year of the Dragon, which coincidentally symbolises my son Robert’s birthday.

Chinese Year of the Dragon

Symbolising luck, good fortune and empowerment many Chinese people believe that great things come from the year of the Dragon suggesting that we have lots to look forward to in 2012.

For me the Chinese New Year is a celebration which has a great sense of community. Brimming with vibrancy and tradition the entire festival is sculpted around are intrigue and mythology, which has travelled through hundreds of years.

During the 15 day long festival families come together to enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine, exchange gifts and wish good fortune and prosperity on one another.  What is most visibility enchanting about the Chinese New Year for an outsider is the fantastic decorations and costumes which adorn homes and Chinese communities- such as China Town’s found in London and Manchester. Red and gold are often focus points for such as they symbolise luck and wealth within the Chinese tradition.

Chiense New Year decoration

Each year I look forward to reading about which animal will be representing that year but I’m always staggered by how many people don’t know that Chinese year they were born in. Finding your animal is great fun as you can read the traits which tradition would suggest you possess and work out if it really is true- I’d recommend using Astrology.com

Last year I shared some classic Chinese recipes which are typically enjoyed during the Chinese New Year festival including spring rolls, dumplings, hot and sour noodle soup and chilli beef. They are all wonderful easy to make at home and can make Chinese New Year celebration very authentic.

Happy Chinese New Year!

 

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canada just in time for Canada Day!

July 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’m sure that many of you will have seen the great photographs of Prince William and his wife Kate as they landed in Canada yesterday for their first official royal tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they are now officially known, had a warm welcome from Canadians and today will be celebrating Canada’s 144th birthday as 1st July is Canada Day.

Kate Middleton Canada Day

I was fortunate enough to spend some of my childhood growing up in the beautiful country, and know that today is a really special occasion for Canadians as they celebrate the 1897 union of colonies which created Canada.

Luckily ‘Canada Day’ is a nation holiday so there is plenty of time to celebrate with BBQ’s, parades and a host of other festivities. I read that Prince William and Kate will be celebrating in Ottawa- hope they have a great time.

Prince William Canada

Celebrations don’t end in Canada. Here in the UK special Canada Day celebrations are taking place in one of London’s most recognised landmarks Trafalgar Square. Visitors can watch a classic Canadian hockey tournament, meet Canadian Paralympics and participate in lots of other fun Canadian themed activities.

Happy Canadian Day from myself and all at Bath-Knight!

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