Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Remembering Jane Austen

Jane Austen, born Dec. 16, 1775, died July 18, 1817

I love all things Jane Austen and today I remembering her with a Breakfast Tea, from the book Tea with Jane Austen.  This book shares the secret of one of her favorite rituals--teatime. Each chapter includes a ritual of how tea was taken at a particular time of day, along with the history, recipes, and excerpts from Austen's novels. 

Jane Austen novels pair well with tea and tea is frequently mentioned in her work.  Jane was the keeper and maker of tea in her family and was in charge of making her family's breakfast at 9 am every morning.

This book begins with tea drinking in the morning and ends with tea in the evening--at balls and other gatherings.

This morning we are enjoying a "Grand Breakfast with the Austens at Stoneleigh Abbey."

Pound Cake
Raspberry Jam
Orange Juice

I think Jane Austen would have loved setting her table with blue and white china.

Jane loved Twinings tea and this morning we had their English Breakfast Tea...a great tea to start the day!  Twining's founder Thomas Twining opened Britain's first known tearoom in 1706 at 216 Strand, London, where it still operates today.  The business started as Tom's Coffee House, where men (not women) would gather to drink, gossip, and do business.  Thomas Twining decided to turn his love of tea into a business going against the existing coffee trend.  He came up against great opposition in the way of ridiculous taxes, thus being a beverage only the upper class could afford.  His passion and dedication would turn a little-known drink into the nations "cure all" beverage of all time. 

The loose tea is steeped in the teapot and then poured through the tea strainer, which is then placed on top of the tiny silver strainer base.  Milk and sugar may be added to a black tea. 
"But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea."
~Jane Austen

Monday, July 9, 2018

Prince Louis’ Christening Photos

The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in line to the throne of England—all five of the Cambridges together for the first time!

Kate greets the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Baby Louis in her arms.

She arrived looking very princess-like, wearing a bespoke ivory dress by Alexander McQueen and a lovely headband by Jane Taylor.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Prince Louis’ Christening

Tomorrow will be the first time we have seen His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge in public since his birth.  His christening will be held at 4pm London time at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace.

The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby (who recently wed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).  The Royal Family, godparents, and guests will stand near the font, and the baby will be carried into the chapel by his nanny and a lady-in-waiting. 

This Chapel is steeped in royal history.  Queen Victoria was married to Prince Albert there in 1840, as were King George V and Queen Mary in 1893.  This is also the Chapel where the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, was taken before her funeral at Westminster Abbey.

A small choir of six men and 10 boys will be seated beneath the stained-glass window as they perform a selection of spiritual songs.

The 5th in line to the throne (behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte) will be christened with holy water flown into the UK from the River Jordan (specially sterilized, of course).  The Lily Font bowl is a silver-gilt Font used by the Royal Family since 1840.
 It will be brought in from the Tower of London, where it is kept with other royal treasures.
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Prince Louis will wear the same gown worn by his brother Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte.  It is an exact replica of the gown commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when their first child, Victoria was baptized.  Sixty two royal babies were christened in that gown, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

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Christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria

Lady Louise Windsor was the last royal to wear the gown as it was deemed to be too fragile to wear.  Queen Elizabeth II then commissioned a new gown and her royal dressmaker Angela Kelly made the gown.

So what will Kate wear?  For Prince George's christening she wore an Alexander McQueen creamy white dress with ruffle detail. 

Mother and son in outfits that dreams are made of!!!

The immediate family in the official portrait for Prince George's christening, October 23, 2013.

For Princess Charlotte's christening, Kate chose an Alexander McQueen cream-colored coat dress.

The official family portrait for Princess Charlotte's christening, July 5, 2015.

Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.