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 is spending the day at Balmoral in Scotland as she wanted no fanfare.
She will be having a simple dinner with members of her family to quietly mark the occasion.
There was a new official portrait made to mark the event showing what she does best. Attending to important matters.
The most recent picture of the Queen was taken over the weekend when she attended the Braemar Games in Scotland.
Of course we here at the Gunn house were thrilled and celebrated with a teatime feast fit for…well, a Queen.
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.
This primary colored scarf featured bits of history from Queen Elizabeth I.
For the tea we enjoyed traditional cucumber sandwiches, English cheese and ham roll ups, fresh berries and crackers with cheese and chutney.
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.
Of course the Queen of Hearts must have tarts too.
Plus plenty of tea.
I wore one of the scarves to the tea.
This lovely silk specimen has the Irish shamrock, the Scottish thistle, the Welsh leek and the Tudor Rose of England.
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.
The last scarf in the group was sent to cousin Sweet T who’s as nutso about the British Royal Family as I am.
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.
All of the scarves must never have been worn as the colors are still so vibrant.
Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth. Long may she reign!
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With three epic posts in three days and a house guest set to arrive tomorrow I shall bid you adieu.