50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow

Not married? No tiaras for you. Source: 50 Strict Rules the Royal Family Has to Follow Continue reading

What British People Say vs. What They Really Mean

A fun read about the meaning behind British phrases. I think a few of these could apply to American English as well. Novelists (and native Brits) Lucy and Plum Sykes give us a primer on Brit speak. Source: What British People Say vs. What They Really Mean Continue reading

8 Words the Royal Family Never Uses

You definitely won't hear the Duchess say "living room." Source: 8 Words the Royal Family Never Uses Continue reading

God Save the Queen: Elizabeth II Becomes Longest Reigning Monarch

God Save the Queen: Elizabeth II Becomes Longest Reigning Monarch

LONDON (AP) — Fun facts about Queen Elizabeth II as she becomes Britain's longest reigning monarch. Source: Yahoo Continue reading

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

(Photo source) Bonjour friends, The winter holidays may be over, but it needn't be Christmas time to appreciate Charles Dickens. The Victorian era author may have been famous for his characters of Scrooge and Marley in A Christmas Carol; but Dickens also contributed numerous other fictional Continue reading

Traditional European Christmas Cookies

Traditional European Christmas Cookies

(Linzer cookie: Photo Source) Bonjour! Throughout the winter holidays, sweets are plentiful at gatherings around the world, and many of these treats represent food traditions of years and cultures past. Even in the United States, Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers are often celebrated with Continue reading

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

(photo source) Around this time of year, I get the urge to make something homemade. One year I made beaded bracelets, another I knitted scarves. This year, however, I'm taking the more traditional approach - British traditional that is - of making Christmas hampers for family and friends. Just Continue reading

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

  (photo source) On July 29, 1982, the world was glued to the television watching Lady Diana and Prince Charles marry in London. On July 22 - nearly 32 years later - loyal followers are again captivated by the British Royal Family as Kate and William welcome their first child. Continue reading

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Even the British Royal family can't escape social media, especially when the attention is surrounding Will and Kate's new bundle of joy. Although the royals will most certainly keep many traditions related to the announcement of a new heir, more modern, and socially acceptable, traditions may Continue reading

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

(photo source) Held each year in England for more than 130 years, Wimbledon is not only the largest international tennis tournament, but it is also the largest single annual sporting catering operation carried out in Europe. Of the food served at Wimbledon, strawberries and cream is by far the Continue reading

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

(photo source) This week, Queen Elizabeth  II celebrates her 60-year reign as Monarch of England. On June 2, 1953, her majesty was officially crowned with the highest ranking royal title, although she had been seen as Queen more than a year earlier at the age of 25, just months after her father Continue reading