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London

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade

Every June, The Queen’s official birthday is celebrated through Trooping the Colour (TTC). This year’s Trooping the Colour falls on Saturday, 9 June 2018 and will be trooped by the Colour of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Founded in 1650, the Coldstream Guards are the ones with red plumes on the right of the bearskin. My friends …

London, Travel, Vancouver

Captain George Vancouver: From UK to Vancouver

Today marks the 260th birthday of Captain George Vancouver, the namesake of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, BC (as well as Vancouver, WA and others). I had long been curious about Captain George Vancouver, one of Britain’s greatest explorers, and decided that when I moved to the UK, I must visit his birth and burial place. …

Travel, World of Costume

Harewood House & ITV’s ‘Victoria’ Costumes

Harewood House is the family seat of the 8th Earl (David Lascelles) and Countess (Diane) of Harewood in West Yorkshire. Until I visited, I thought it was just another ‘abandoned’ heritage property and did not realise that it is still in use and also managed by Harewood House Trust! This neo-classical Georgian manor was built between 1759-1771 for …

Munich

Castle du jour: Schloss Blutenburg

Just west of Munich (around 14 min by car from Nymphenburg Palace) is a medieval moated castle that was once the country residence of Duke Albrecht III of Bavaria (and his son, Duke Sigismund). Blutenburg Castle was built in the 1430’s as a hunting lodge and replaced a previous castle from the 13th Century. The castle is fortified with three towers and a gate …

Travel

Castle du jour: Craigdarroch Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have finally arrived in British Columbia! For the majority of their West Coast tour, they will make their base in the province’s capital, Victoria (aside from a short stay in Whitehorse), where they will be staying at Government House. Not too far …