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.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour

June 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This weekend saw another royal occasion as the Queen and Royal Family enjoyed the annual Trooping the Colour Parade to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday in London.

I watched the ceremony on the television at home on Saturday morning and was thoroughly impressed. How lovely to see Prince William join his father, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Kent in the Parade. And Prince Phillip back at the Queen’s side and in good health after a spell in hospital during the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Here are my favourite pictures from the Trooping the Colour Parade 2012- enjoy!

Trooping the Colour Parade

Trooping the Colour Parade 2012

The Queen and Prince Phillip tropping the colour

The Queen and Prince Phillip at Tropping the Colour Parade

The Queen in carriage Trooping the colours

The Queen in carriage Trooping the colours

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles

Duke of Cambridge and Prince of Wales in Trooping the Colour Parade

Guardsmen assemble at Trooping the colour parade

Guardsmen assemble at Trooping the Colour Parade

Prince Harry, Camilla and Kate

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge

Princes William, Charles and Duke of Kent

Princes William, Charles and Duke of Kent in the Parade

Royal Family Balcony 2012

The Royal Family on Buckingham Palace Balcony

Red Arrows Trooping the colour fly

Red Arrows Trooping the Colour flypast

The Diamond Jubilee Weekend- Highlights

June 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Diamond Jubilee weekend was packed with royal events each one lavish and wonderfully presented, which makes picking a favourite moment from the weekend extremely difficult. However, the River Pageant was remarkable and I thought that Prince Charles’ speech, which concluded the Diamond Jubilee Concert, added a rare personal touch that summed up the nations feeling of gratitude towards the Queen and Prince Phillip, who was sadly taken ill during the weekend.

Prince Charles Speech Diamond Jubilee

Prince Charles Diamond Jubilee Speech

Annette’s Diamond Jubilee Highlights

The Queen was in high spirits at the Epsom Derby on Saturday which kick started the Diamond Jubilee weekend. A horseracing fanatic, the Queen undoubtedly had a wonderful time, which set the mood for the entire weekend.

Epsom Derby Dimaond Jubilee 2012

The Epsom Derby

One of the biggest displays of the weekend was the Thames River Pageant. Although the weather was miserable the flotilla was wonderful. Seeing the Royal Family sail aboard the royal barge, Sprit of Chartwell, waving at passing boats and vessels was fantastic for all involved. I personally loved the salute from Warhorse outside the National Theatre, which the Queen also enjoyed greatly.

diamond jubilee thames river pageant

Thames River Pageant

Royal Barge Diamond Jubilee

Royal Family on the Royal Barge

Packed with iconic musical artists the Diamond Jubilee Concert was amazing. I enjoyed performances from Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder and have to commend Rolf Harris on his wonderful and impromptu performance of Two Little Boys Alone, which got the Royal Box singing.

Diamond Jubilee Concert

Diamond Jubilee Concert

Young royals at diamond jubilee concert

Young royals enjoing the Diamond Jubilee Concert

The enormous audience on The Mall, who sang the national anthem at the spur of the moment and chanted for Prince Phillip during the Diamond Jubilee Concert, showcased just how well spirited and supportive the public are towards the Queen and Royal Family.

The Mall during Diamond Jubilee Concert

The Mall

I thought the carriage procession was a lovely way to end the Diamond Jubilee and although it was a shame that the Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t present it was nice to see the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family make their way to Buckingham Palace in such traditional style.

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The Queen in the Dimaond Jubilee carriage procession

The fly past by the Red Arrows added the finishing touch to a truly British occasion and brought a definite smile to the Queen’s face, which was a delight.

Red Arrows Diamond Jubilee

Red Arrows

Diamond Jubilee - Carriage Procession And Balcony Appearance

Diamond Jubilee Balcony Appearance

This weekend was packed with beautiful clothing from all royals including the Queen who opted for garments with a regal sparkle during most of the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

Jubilee Fashion

Jubilee Royal Fashion

Yesterday evening the Queen presented a broadcast of thanks to the nation and Commonwealth after her spectacular Diamond Jubilee weekend. The unexpected message of appreciation nicely rounded off the Diamond Jubilee and gave the feeling that Queen has enjoyed the festivities very much indeed.

The Diamond Jubilee Royal Carriage Procession – Tuesday 5th June 2012

June 5, 2012 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend is coming to an end and to complete a wonderful royal occasion the Queen and other members of the Royal Family will attend a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral followed by a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace today.

I’ve always felt that carriage processions are the icing on top of any royal occasion. When Prince William and new wife Kate made their way from Westminster Abbey after the Royal Wedding in 2011, their carriage procession was the perfect opportunity to showcase the new royal couple and it was fantastic to watch.   

State Landau Carriage

The State Landau Carriage which will be used today

Today the Queen and Prince Phillip will travel in the same carriage used by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day, the State Landau Carriage which dates back to 1902 and is steeped in royal history. Following the Queen and Prince Phillip will be members of The Household Cavalry riding on horseback. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will follow in another royal carriage with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry behind. The Royal Family will be joined by over 10000 military personnel who will line the route.

Once the procession reaches Buckingham Palace the Queen and her family will make a balcony appearance, which I’m sure will delight the thousands of spectators who are expected on The Mall. After a short period on the balcony of Buckingham Palace the Red Arrows will perform an honouree fly past for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


A traditional Royal Carriage Procession

The flypast will draw the Diamond Jubilee weekend to a close, and what a spectacular royal occasion it has been. I’ve had the most wonderful time celebrating 60 years of the Queen and I’m sure that she is thrilled with the response to her Diamond Jubilee. Now the nation has the Olympics to look forward too. What a brilliant British summer!

Download the order of service from the ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral here –Jubilee Order of Service.

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.

Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

May 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Thames River Pageant is one of, if not, the most anticipated event of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend. The floating show will see over 1000 boats from across the country and Commonwealth, sail down the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June in the grandest and most magnificent style. I have to say that I’m really looking forward to the spectacular as I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing such a nautical extravaganza. 

The River Pageant will start on Sunday afternoon from about 2pm when the Queen is expected to arrive. Jubilee bells will be sounded to mark the start of the Pageant at around 2.40pm and the Royal Barge, which the Queen and the Royal family will be abroad, will join the flotilla at around 3pm.

artist impression Thames Pageant

An artist impression of the River Thames Pageant

The Royal Barge, The Spirit of the Chartwell will be joined by over 1000 boats which will all be dressed and polished ready for the occasion. Expect to see the Jubilee Barge Gloriana along with historic, working and rowed boats plus barges, narrow boats and vessels as the River Pageant is promised to be a floating display of patriotic beauty like you’ve never seen before.

The 1000 boats will travel 7 miles of the Thames, starting at Albert Bridge before making their way past Battersea Park, Westminster Bridge, and Waterloo Bridge and finally coming to an end at Tower Bridge. Throughout the route are observation areas and big screens for spectators to enjoy the Pageant from.

River Pageant Route

The River Thames Pageant Route Map

The BBC have created a brilliant online interactive map and guide of the River Pageant which I’d recommend visiting. The site is complete with photographs and videos, which allows you to explore the river route and discover more about the boats and people taking part in the River Pageant.

I think the River Pageant will be an occasion that most people will remember the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee by because it’s set to be so impressive and the Pageant is packed with historic and significant snippets which you might not even be aware of. For example The Amazon, which is taking part in 2012’s Pageant, also took part in Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897. Visit the official Thames Pageant website for more information and key facts.

Happy first Wedding Anniversary to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

April 29, 2012 at 9:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A year ago today everyone was struck with Royal Wedding fever. After organising street parties and hanging bunting, a billion people from across the world tuned in to watched Prince William marry Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. In a service which was more perfect than anyone could have hoped for.

Happy Anniversary Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Twelve months on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued to captivate the world with royal engagements both here and abroad. In the most glorious manner we’ve watched the Duchess blossom into her position as a member of the Royal Family having become a patron to a number of charities and going it alone on official engagements. But most impressively, together, they have managed to add a breath of fresh air into the monarchy.

Time really does fly so from the Bath-Knight team and me, happy first Wedding Anniversary to Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Here’s to many more…

The Queen names Royal Jubilee barge Gloriana.

April 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This summer’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are getting ever closer and excitement is beginning to mount as finer details as to what we can expect from the Jubilee weekend are starting to be unveiled.

Today the Queen has visited docks in London where Gloriana, the royal barge built specifically for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is currently anchored. This was the Queens and the Duke of Edinburgh first look at the royal barge, the first to be built in 100 years.

The Queen on board royal jubilee barge Gloriana

The Queen on board royal jubilee barge Gloriana

Constructed over a four year period with the help of over 60 skilled craftsmen, Gloriana epitomises the grandness of such a rare royal occasion. With exquisite carving and an elaborate gold leaf design it will lead The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames on Sunday 3rd June.

The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant is set to be one of the most pivotal points of the Jubilee celebrations with over 1000 boats siling down the Thames in honour of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne. Although the Royal Family won’t travel on the royal barge it will be the main exhibit and manned by a team of 18 skilled oarsmen, one of whom will be British Olympian, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Gloriana practice run

Gloriana, royal barge in practice

Preparations to ensure that the river pageant is as spectacular as possible are already underway as Gloriana was taken for its first practice run along the Thames last week. Photographs of its first outing show just how vast and regal the royal barge is. I can’t wait to see it in action on the day.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Face Britain art installation projected onto Buckingham Palace

April 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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As a grandparent there is nothing sweeter than receiving a drawing or sketch from a grandchild. I’ve got several of my grandchildren’s portraits in the office and always get a great sense of joy from seeing them each morning.

So when I saw that Buckingham Palace is being lit up with portraits of the Queen, created by montages of over 200,000 self-portraits drawn by school children across Britain, I was delighted.

Face Britain

Face Britain Poject- Buckingham Palace

The ‘Face Britain’ campaign was created by Prince Charles’ Foundation for Children and the Arts and challenged children aged 4-16 to create their own self-portraits. Together the portraits have assembled a vibrant and charming art installing of The Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.

The art work is currently being projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace each evening until Saturday and could potentially set a Guinness World Record for the most artists to work on the same art installation.

Face Britain Project Buckingham Palace

Montages were made with self-portraits from school children

A fantastic addition to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and rumour has it that The Queen really likes the installation.

Kensington Palace reopens to the public after £12 million renovation

March 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Kensington Palace, the birth place of Queen Victoria and royal residence to Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales, was reopened to the public yesterday after a two year renovation projection that cost £12 million.

Steeped in history Kensington Palace has been a tourist attraction for years; it first opened its doors to the public in 1899. But the royal palace had a reputation for being ‘stuffy’ and visitors were often left disappointed by the number of restricted areas.

The recent renovation hopes to not only showcase the history and heritage of Kensington Palace but also bring the palace up to date with the modern royal family. To do such, a new Jubilee Garden has been created, which will now be used as the official entrance, and once inside visitors will be greeted by a contemporary light sculpture called ‘Luminous Lace’.

Luminous Lace light sculpture

‘Luminous Lace’ light sculpture

Visitors are also promised a detailed insight into Kensington Palace and the royals who have resided there over time. The renovation has introduced a number of new exhibitions which are set to be popular amongst tourists- I’m hoping to make it to London over the summer to visit Kensington Palace myself.

Queen Victoria is heavily focused upon in public areas as visitors will be able to view ‘Victoria Revealed’ an exhibition that delves into the life of Queen Victoria. A collection of the Queen’s childhood treasures, including her childhood dolls, sketchbooks and even shoes will be on display alongside the wedding outfits which she and Prince Albert wore on their wedding day.

Queen Victoria wedding dress

Queen Victoria's wedding dress on display

Visitors will also be able to enter the Red Saloon room where Queen Victoria held her first Privy Council and view a collection of video footage from her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 which is fitting for 2012.

Kensington Palace has also revealed that the exhibition ‘Diana: glimpses of a modern princess’ will be on display until September. Dedicated to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the exhibition showcases the fashion of Princess Diana and includes a number of dresses which she wore at royal engagements.

Princess Diana kensington palace wallpaper

Wallpaper design by Julie Verhoeven is featured in the Diana exhibition

The Palace has noted that this exhibition is small in comparison to others but significant because Kensington Palace was her royal home. I believe that although small in size this exhibition may draw the largest crowds because Diana was the people’s princess.

After an enormous renovation in the public areas of Kensington Palace it would seem that the work doesn’t stop there as a private wing of the palace is now under renovation for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who will be residing there from next year.

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