Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Queen’s Palaces - A giveaway

Liz Windsor aged 3, 1929

From a press release - BBC Worldwide Americas
New York – May 2012 – BBC Home Entertainment is proud to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year, the 60th year of one of the longest reigning monarchs of the United Kingdom. For the occasion BBC America has produced a special, three-episode documentary:

 The Queen’s Palaces DVD which will be released on May 29, 2012.

Princess Elizabeth aged 7, 1933 Painting by Philip de László.

The DVD will be sharing an extensive look into the long history, the remarkable interior décor and the architecture that has evolved across the centuries of the Royals homes :Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle - which dates back to the 11th century and has gone from medieval fortress to a romantic fantasy; and the Palace of Holy Roodhouse, formerly a monastery, and now home of objects from the Royal Collection that are bound to Palace’s turbulent history.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Formal Engagement photograph.

Coronation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II June 1953, Westminster Abbey. “ A six yard train in best quality handmade purple silk velvet, trimmed with best quality Canadian ermine 5" on top and underside and fully lined with pure silk English Satin, complete with ermine cape and all being tailed ermine in the traditional manner, and including embroidery by the Royal School of Needlework.”

Cecil Beaton photograph, 1950’s

As Fiona Bruce walks you through the palaces, objects and art of profound historic importance are showcased including some other quirky pieces of work. Bonus features include an introduction to the series by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, discussing the role these palaces play in the life of the Monarchy and in the history of Britain.

1976 in Finland

May 2012, inspecting the cake for one of the celebrations…

Another- recent image of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth II at 86 years of age, beautiful as ever.

The year 2012 will be a Royal Party, since The Commonwealth celebrates 60 years of her reign with events, parades, concerts, even tea with commoners.

“In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship, and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.” Elizabeth II, 2012

And now a curiosity:

The Royal Canadian Mint, in 2003, unveiled the new portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II created by Susanna Blunt (happy to say she is one of my best friends and I lived with her the whole exciting process) in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee and has been used on all new Canadian coins. Queen Elizabeth expressed the wish to be portrayed without the crown, a sign of her willingness to be represented as a modern monarch.

Long live the Queen, she was for six decades and still is a true example of style and determination in fulfilling her extremely demanding role, managing gracefully to combine the dignity and grandeur of her position with a common touch that allowed the public to warm to her.

Let’s visit her Royal residences…
I can offer three DVDs to my readers as a giveaway, just leave me a comment with some contact information and I will randomly choose and announce the winners on June 2nd, 2012. Unfortunately I can send the giveaway only to Canada and continental USA.
If you don’t win don’t despair, you can buy the DVD  clicking HERE.

Don’t forget to answer my question: “Can you guess whose house is this?” from my previous post HERE.

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AnneHH said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win one of the DVD's about the Queen's Palaces. I have been a huge fan of the British Royal Family since my mother woke me in the middle of the night in my bedroom in Los Angeles to watch Princess Anne's wedding in 1973. I have subsequently followed with great interest the wedding and marriage of Charles and Diana and now William and Catherine. As a political science major, the role of the monarchy in Britain has always been of great interest to me and as a lover of beautiful interiors, I look forward to this DVD with great enthusiasm. PLEASE enter me in your giveaway!!

peggy braswell said...

Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. Since I travel to London quite often, I would love to win your giveaway.
xx peggybraswelldesign.com

Vickie H. said...

She IS wonderful, isn't she?! Such a lovely giveaway! I would love to win it! Thank you for hosting.

Alice said...

Yes, I would like to see the decoration in these palaces. Please put my name down.

Night Owl said...

Prefer not to give contact but if I win you will receive my address. Thank you very much for the opportunity.

Maria Killam said...

So fun to see all the images of her! I love that portrait painted of her as a child! x Maria

Rosa @ FlutterFlutter said...

What a great giveaway! I think I'd be sitting down with my mom and watching this one! Not only does my mom love the queen, she looks like her too! :) Rosa info@rosapearsondesign.com

busana muslim murah said...

Your photos are just amazing! I am so in love with them!

Anonymous said...

Very informative post. Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

jayne said...

Love the period pictures of Elizabeth thru the years...amazing woman and monarch. Do you know if there is such a blog with the Queen in many of her hats? Now that would be fantastic to see since she wears them so well! Happy Anniversary and many more to this fabulous woman and leader!!!!

Thomas said...

I enjoy looking at the pictures of queen Elizabeth, She's really an amazing and a fantastic woman. Even though she's at age on her last picture she still looks amazing.

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