Monday, September 19, 2022

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II


Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales, Countess of Wessex

Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting Arriving at Westminster Abbey

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales

Catherine, Princess of Wales

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess of Wales, Queen Consort

Princess of Wales, PrincessCharlotte

Princess Charlotte 

Princess Charlotte

The Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte, Prince George

Westminster Abbey

William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III

King Charles III and Queen Camilla (Consort)

Lament “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep,” played by Queen’s Piper

Friday, September 16, 2022

King Charles III and Queen Camilla in Wales



Completing their tour of the UK, King Charles and Queen Camilla visited Wales today. 

Llandaff Cathedral

They attended a prayer service for the life of the late Queen Elizabeth II, at the Llandaff Cathedral, constructed in the 12th century. This is on my list of places to visit!

They also visited Senedd—the Welsh Parliament, to receive condolences from the members. During their tour, they were serenaded with the gentle, angelic musical sounds by The King’s Royal Harpist, Alis Huws. (The harp is an important National musical instrument in Wales and the classical, music-loving King promotes raising the profile of the instrument). 

Alis Huws, Royal Harpist

Cardiff Castle

The King and his Queen Consort also attended a reception at Cardiff Castle to visit with members of Royal patronages and faith communities.

Watching the BBC continuously and sipping a LOT of tea, I’m experiencing a range of emotions this week…in awe of the pageantry for the events leading up to the State funeral, tearful at all the tributes and remembrances to the late Queen, and reserved excitement over the new King and Queen consort. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Prince and Princess of Wales


William, Prince of Wales

Catherine, Princess of Wales

Prince William and his wife Catherine have been named the new Prince and Princess of Wales by King Charles III.

The couple will also take the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall titles—previously held by the King and Camilla, the new Queen Consort. William also inherited the title of Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. Catherine will also receive the title of Duchess of Rothesay.

William and Catherine recently left their London home at Kensington Palace to live at Adelaide Cottage at Windsor.

Adelaide Cottage

Moving away from central London to the quiet area of Windsor was aimed to give their young children as close to a normal life as possible. Due to the small size of the cottage, their Nanny Maria Borrallo is not living with them. She resides with other household staff at a nearby property.

Adelaide Cottage

The 4-bedroom Adelaide Cottage was built in 1831 as a summer retreat for Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV. One of the early occupants of the cottage was Peter Townsend, the onetime great love of Princess Margaret.

Since they are now the Prince and Princess of Wales, they are set to move to Windsor Castle, but are expected to delay this move to prevent more upheaval for their children. The couple will keep the 20-room home at Kensington Palace as their office working base and also their Anmer Hall manor in Norfolk.

I look forward to following the lifestyle of the Prince and a Princess and, of course, Catherine’s fabulous fashion!

Monday, September 12, 2022

The Queen Leaves Balmoral for the Last Time


I believe one is never prepared to view the coffin of a loved one. All those around the world who loved Queen Elizabeth II surely shed at tear at the first sight of the hearse carrying her coffin as it left Balmoral yesterday.

The cort├Ęge headed to Edinburgh to carry the Queen to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Queen’s Coffin Arrives at Holyroodhouse

The coffin was met by the Duke of York,The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. The coffin rested in the Throne Room until this afternoon when it was conveyed to St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

King Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward stood guard over the Queen’s coffin in a moving 15-minute vigil. The Queen will lie in state until tomorrow evening, when her coffin will be flown back to London.

I have been sipping the Queen’s favorite tea, Earl Grey, and browsing through the latest issue of Victoria Magazine—the British issue. As it turns out, this issue features a romantic tour of Scotland, with stunning photos and interesting stories of Balmoral and Holyroodhouse. It’s a must read!

Teatime while mourning the Queen

Sunday, September 11, 2022



Her Majesty, Queen Camilla (Consort)

At the beginning of 2022, in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II announced: “When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife, Camilla, the same support that you have given me. It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.” 

So, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022, we now have Camilla, Queen Consort. What does this title mean? A Queen Consort is the female partner, spouse, or companion to the King. Camilla will take the title of Queen Consort, which indicates that she is the spouse of a King, instead of the title of Queen, because members that marry into the royal family can’t inherit the throne. The title doesn’t come with any powers and is ceremonial, with the consort of a monarch expected to “provide companionship and moral practical support.”

As Queen Consort, Camilla will be crowned and anointed during King Charles’ coronation. However, Camilla’s ceremony will be much simpler.

In practice, Camilla will probably not be called Queen Consort, but simply Queen Camilla. 

I, of course, will be following Queen Camilla…her fashion and lifestyle.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

King Charles III


At the moment Queen Elizabeth II died, Charles became the King. He could have been known as any of his four names—Charles Philip Arthur George. He chose to be known as King Charles III.

He was officially proclaimed King today at St. James’s Palace in London. Charles will be formally crowned at the coronation (state occasion), which will happen at a later date.

King Charles is now head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people! In 14 of these countries, as well as the U.K., Charles will be head of the state.

Yesterday, from the blue room at Buckingham Palace, King Charles gave his first speech as monarch. He vowed to serve ‘with loyalty, respect, and love’. He also pledged to uphold the Constitutional principles at the heart of the nation throughout the remaining time God grants him. 

He was the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. King Charles has big shoes to fill and hopefully he will reign with the same dignity, grace, and compassion as his beloved Mother. 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

What Happens When the Queen Dies?

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*Update: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died today. It is a day that I have dreaded for so long. Today begins the 12 days of mourning for her family, the people in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth realms, and millions of people around the world who admired and loved her.  

The following is a post that I wrote many years ago:

The Queen has lived a long, remarkable life.  At the age of 92, she appears to get along better than most people her age, but has recently scaled back her official duties.  It's hard to face the fact that one day she will be gone, but unfortunately, she is not going to live forever.   How will those of us who admire her ever get on?  There will never be another royal quite like her.  She has lived through 13 British Prime Ministers and U.S. Presidents.

The Queen's death has been recently rehearsed for the very first time by ministers.  The run-through exercise to prepare for the twelve days of mourning was given the code name "Castle Dove" by civil servants and politicians.  'D-1' will be the day after the Queen dies.  Oh my goodness, this talk of the Queen's death is just too much to handle.  Her Senior Doctor, Huw Thomas, will be in charge.  He will have full control over her room as he looks after her in her final moments.  He will even be in charge of what information goes public and what stays within the family.  "London Bridge" will be the secret code for her death. {not very secret now, is it?

Upon her death, her private secretary, Edward Young, will contact the prime minister with the message "London Bridge is down."  Lord have mercy!  Following their conversation, the news will spread to the governments where the Queen is head of state and the Commonwealth countries--then onto the rest of the world.

The sheer magnitude of her death will be an event unlike anything else in Britain.  The moment will be a sad one for people all over the world.  Expect people to be shell-shocked, expect mass public grief, and perhaps hysteria.  {ME}  The mourning period will be a disruptive event in Britain for sure.  The chaos is expected to cost the U.K. economy billions in lost earnings and the stock markets and banks will likely close.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there will be twelve days of official mourning.  The official mourning period will give both government officials and the British public enough time to pay their respects as the royal family makes funeral arrangements for the monarch. 

As soon as news of Queen Elizabeth II's death goes to press, a mourning footman will place a black-edged notice on Buckingham Palace's gates.  Buckingham Palace's website will also go dark and transform into a single page featuring the same notice.

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When the Queen dies, BBC news anchors are expected to immediately change into funeral attire--a black suit with a black tie {which they have waiting on deck}--to announce the Queen's death to their audience.  For the 12 days between her death and her funeral, BBC and other public channels are strictly forbidden from airing any humorous programming.  Of course, the Queen has picked out specific documentaries about her life.  These documentaries have been pre-recorded and will air on TV following her death.

Because the throne is never without a ruler, at the moment of Queen Elizabeth's death, Prince Charles will become the King of England and the supreme governor of the church of England.  He will pick his new name from any of his Christian or middle names.
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And...because there is never NOT a sovereign on the throne, this is why the Royal Standard is never flown at half mast.
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The union flag will be flown at half mast throughout the mourning period until 8am the morning after the funeral.

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During the twelve days of mourning, the Queen's coffin will be put on display--or in official terms, lie in state--for those who wish to pay their respects.  The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for 4 days.  It is estimated that almost a million people will walk past her catafalque.

The day before the funeral, male members of the royal family will stand guard for a short period in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes.  This will be a sad day for the U.K., the Commonwealth, and the World.

Vigil of The Princes, 8 April 2002
For The Queen Mother’s lying-in-state The Earl of Wessex (left), The Prince of Wales (center), The Duke of York (right) and Viscount Linley (not pictured, on the other corner) came to pay respects to their...
Male members of the Royal Family stand guard at the catafalque of Queen Elizabeth I

The Queen has been actively involved in planning parts of her funeral, which will be sure to be a elaborate event.  Her body will be transported via gun carriage to Westminster Abbey for her funeral, where it is planned that Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will lead the funeral service.

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Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
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Westminster Abbey
The final resting place for the Queen might be next to her mother Queen Elizabeth I and her father King George at St. George's Castle.  Another option is for a burial at one of her private residences like Balmoral or Sandringham.

Even though Prince Charles will become the King of England upon Queen Elizabeth's death, his coronation will not be held until one year later.  And...I'm pretty sure they have the new words to the National Anthem ready to go.  {sniff sniff}

Sad post over.

Sunday, September 4, 2022


This post is from many years ago, but I still follow the rules.

I've been cleaning and organizing my clothing closet all day! It's that time of year when I shift the summer and winter clothes around. Since I get e-mails all the time about "What to Wear and When", I'm gonna give y'all MISS JANICE'S AFTER-LABOR DAY FASHION RULES!

To the back of the closet go all my flip flops...
Must put these sandals away till after Easter...

This is a no-brainer for moi...NO WHITE SHOES AFTER LABOR DAY Y'ALL! One of my readers e-mailed me that she was hosting a "White Shoe Brunch" before Labor Day so that her friends could enjoy their white shoes one last time. I love that theme and maybe next year I'll have a "White Shoe Brunch"! White pants...No ma'am, not even in Florida will I wear white pants after Labor Day! I've traveled the world and can tell you that I would never wear white pants after Labor Day...anywhere...ever! I'm such a stickler about white clothing, that I won't even wear it on Labor Day...for fear that I might get stranded and not able to get home till the day after--Lord have mercy!
Patent leather...Nope, no patent leather after Labor Day. Cannot do it y'all! This is one of the reasons I try to buy all leather shoes, so that I can wear them year-round.

Straw pocketbooks must be put away as well.
No cute madras stuff after Labor Day! Even though those navy madras slacks would look real cute with a white cotton turtleneck and my navy blue Lilly pullover can do!
This linen shift I wore a couple of weeks ago is also not appropriate to wear after Labor Day...I've put all the linen clothing away!
No seersucker after Labor Day either. I can't believe I don't have any seersucker y'all!...even though I love it. Doesn't this group of politicians look perfectly preppy in their summer seersucker suits? "Seersucker Thursday", observed on the third Thursday in June, was originally organized by former Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, to bring a little Southern Hospitality to our nation's Capitol.
Autumn officially begins on September 23rd. From Labor Day until the 23rd, I will be wearing clothes from my transitional wardrobe. Watch for those upcoming posts to see what I like to wear during that time.
After the 23rd...bring on the corduroy y'all!
I will then start wearing suede also...

If you are lucky enough to have some cute wool shifts like this 'Portia' dress by Lilly, you may certainly begin wearing wool after the 23rd!
Just remember that velvet clothing is only appropriate to wear after Thanksgiving and until Valentine's Day!
Of course, you may wear your pearls, just like Miss Janice...anytime of the year!!!

If you are wondering where these rules came from, well...they came from my mama, Miss Pauline. She's been a fabulously dressed shopaholic her entire life and even though she is now up-in-age, she still loves to dress up and knows what to wear and when! Till this day, mama won't wear slacks to church...Not in the sanctuary, no ma'am! "That's just not appropriate." So thank you to my sweet mama for teaching ME "what to wear and when!"

I hope y'all's Labor Day Weekend was wonderful and allowed you time to get ready for a the new season ahead! I'm so excited about Autumn! Have I told y'all that before?

I will be back later this week...talking about "Preppy Fashion Rule #5", from the new book "True Prep."