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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Longest Reigning Monarch in Britain’s History-She’s Done It, Let’s Celebrate!

At about 5.30 p.m. (12:30 ET), Queen Elizabeth who is Britain's oldest ever monarch at age 89, surpassed the record set by her great-great-grandmother and became Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

The Queen on her 80th by Lord Snowden.  She wears purple often, and looks spectacular in it. :):

The Queen is spending the day at Balmoral in Scotland as she wanted no fanfare.

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She will be having a simple dinner with members of her family to quietly mark the occasion.

The first official pictures of baby Charlotte's christening - taken by Diana's favourite photographer Mario Testino - have been released. Back row (L-R) Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Edinburgh. Front row (L-R) Prince William, Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte and the Queen:

There was a new official portrait made to mark the event showing what she does best. Attending to important matters.

The Queen in new official photo

The most recent picture of the Queen was taken over the weekend when she attended the Braemar Games in Scotland.

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Of course we here at the Gunn house were thrilled and celebrated with a teatime feast fit for…well, a Queen.

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Two weeks ago I had wandered into a thrift shop and found three coronation scarves that came home with me. I decided to incorporate one into a tablescape.

After a good soaking one scarf became a tablecloth overlay.

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This primary colored scarf featured bits of history from Queen Elizabeth I.

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For the tea we enjoyed traditional cucumber sandwiches, English cheese and ham roll ups, fresh berries and crackers with cheese and chutney.

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An occasion like this calls for desert. I had found the Meri Meri “Little Old London Cupcake Kit” at TJ Maxx months ago and this seemed like the perfect event to use them.

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Of course the Queen of Hearts must have tarts too.

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Plus plenty of tea.

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I wore one of the scarves to the tea.

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This lovely silk specimen has the Irish shamrock, the Scottish thistle, the Welsh leek and the Tudor Rose of England.

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Part of the design features King Edwards chair, circa 1308. Upon this throne all sovereigns of England (until 1603) and then Great Britain have sat in the chair at the moment of their coronation. The only exception was Queen Mary II who sat in a copy of the chair.

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The last scarf in the group was sent to cousin Sweet T who’s as nutso about the British Royal Family as I am.

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I knew it had to be hers as it features the Gold State Coach. Sweet T has said on numerous occasions that if she were Queen she’d be out in that coach every day.

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All of the scarves must never have been worn as the colors are still so vibrant.

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 Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth. Long may she reign!

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If this post was not quite enough for you I’ve linked to a few other stories that you might enjoy.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest-reigning UK monarch

Rarely Seen Photographs of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II: Elizabeth and Victoria in numbers

The Queen and I: 63 memories for 63 years as monarch

Queen Elizabeth: The many world leaders she has outlasted

 With three epic posts in three days and a house guest set to arrive tomorrow I shall bid you adieu.



GSGreatEscaper said...

God save the Queen! Long live the Queen!

I love those scarves. And remember my motto - when I do something old fashioned, such as wearing a scarf or a hat or a big brooch, and people comment, I say "if it's good enough for the Queen, it's good enough for me."

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

LOVE the scarves! You do the Queen proud!

Jane said...

Always enjoy your posts on any of the Royal family, but especially Queen Elizabeth. Thank you!

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful post and how lucky you were to get such a find as those three lovely scarves! I really enjoy how you set a mood. I admire the Queen, she has endured through a lot of joy and pain in her life and has truly devoted her life to her nation. Long may she reign in the United Kingdom.

Lorrie said...

Queen Elizabeth has served long and well. I'm proud to call her my queen. This was a wonderful post, Laura! Those scarves are treasures.

Burlap Luxe said...

What a wonderful célébration of Life here, that family photo is wonderful as well could you only imagin being a part of this Royal family?

Your tea is certainly fit for the queen and all the princesses who attended.

Dore said...

Yikes! What a great find those scarves are. I love your tea and your fanfare for the Queen!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your "Tea", gorgeous in every single detail and I adore the pic of you. So perfect. I really enjoy all the details and history too.

Linda said...

You make everything so fun and lovely!! :)
Our house has never followed the royalty. My only insider view on that comes from your informative posts ;)

Lisa said...

Love this post!!!! Your tea looked scrumptious and the English cupcake pics were adorable!

Kelley Dibble said...

Wow. Isn't it a spectacular day to celebrate such an inspiring woman. "Rock" indeed.

I couldn't help but notice the monogram on the red box's lid. I wouldn't have though, except for your fabulous finds... from a thrift store. Did you do a happy dance that would've made me proud, girl?! Yes, right there in the accessories aisle/bin/pile/rack/DUMP?!?! Mahvelous, dahling are the only words to muster.

Enjoy your company. Rebekah Louise is putting the finishing touches on my new blog this week... My turn to happy dance.

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Rue said...

This was a lovely tribute to her as well as the last post. I love the picture of you in the scarf. It looks splendid on on you :)


Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I can't believe you found those scarves! They are perfect for you, or should I say you are perfect for them!!!

Lana L. said...

I think she's amazing. What a fun occasion for a tea!

Karena Albert said...

Hi Laura! The queen looks so beautiful and I love seeing the images of her younger years! You found those precious scarves!? A great event and done perfectly!!

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Angelina B. said...

I really like your scarf! As an American I do feel funny saying, Long Live the Queen! but I think as she ages the world grows more fond of her!

BlubabesCreate said...

Loved it Laura! And how you lucked out on the scarf. But just to be a grouch, no pinkies up. Everything was perfect, as usual. I just can't get over those gorgeous scarves!

Sarah said...

Laura, what luck to find three coronation scarves in such a timely manner. I have a few in my box of British treasures, but I think they are different from yours. My grandfather was born in England, so I've saved things that were sent to me as a child, though some things I've given to others or have simply been lost through the years. This is a delightful post. I shared a tribute at Hyacinths, but didn't have a tea party. I did link back to the party I had for her Jubilee. That was fun!