August 1, 2013 |
Those who want to rub elbows with royalty -- and can't make the jaunt across the pond -- should head this month to the kingdom of Big Bear and its Renaissance Faire. New this year is the Tea Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy a cuppa and a special treat with Queen Elizabeth I. They will learn about the Renaissance from the queen herself and her special "guests," which may include Queen Victoria and the Queen of the Gypsies. Sir John Smythe of the queen's royal court is hosting a similar gathering called the Warrior's Table, where guests can mingle with the Knights of Mayhem, pirates and more.
July 22, 2013 |
• For the first time in more than 100 years, four generations of present and future British monarchs will be alive at the same time: Queen Elizabeth II, her son and heir apparent, Charles, Prince of Wales; William, the Duke of Cambridge; and the new baby, Prince of Cambridge. Queen Victoria, who died in 1901, posed for a photograph with her son, the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII; his son, the Duke of York, the future King George V, and the Duke of York's eldest son, the future King Edward VIII.
July 17, 2013 |
It was late October 2011, and their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were still in honeymoon mode when Britain and its Commonwealth agreed that the first baby Cambridge, boy or girl, would become the future monarch. This is a bigger deal than you think. For nearly 1,000 years, the dumbest, least able royal boy was regarded as better monarch material than the smartest royal girl. A princess only got to become the sovereign if all her brothers died or were killed.
April 21, 2013 |
LAHAINA, Hawaii - "Here, take this one," Elisa said, lifting an orchid lei from her shoulders and draping it on Laurel's. "Aloha. " My wife, Laurel, and I were in the tender queue with Elisa, our "port shopping specialist," at Lahaina on Maui, waiting to be shuttled to Cunard Line's Queen Victoria for the final six nights of our 14-night round trip from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands. Laurel had put off buying a lei and the vendors were sold out, so Elisa had generously given hers - a typically Hawaiian act of sharing.
April 8, 2013 |
The closest figure to Margaret Thatc her in British history wasn't another prime minister. Nor was it even Boudica, the legendary first-century British tribal queen who defied the Romans. She's closer to Queen Victoria, a woman in what was regarded as a man's job, and one who came to know her mind and exercise an iron will. Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, remains Britain's only female prime minister, but her impact was not as a woman - she was one of those women who tended to pull up the ladder after her - but as a political revolutionary.
June 27, 2012 |
The Big Ben clock tower, one of London's best-known landmarks, has been renamed Elizabeth Tower as a diamond jubilee gift to Queen Elizabeth II. The House of Commons Commission made the decision Monday for the tower that was completed in 1859, but no official renaming has yet been scheduled, according to the British Parliament's website. Though everyone has been calling the decorative Parliament tower Big Ben, the nickname actually applies only to the Great Bell, the very one that strikes the time.