A Birthday for a Queen #BriFri
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Last week, I watched the 1939 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, featuring Basil Rathbone as the detective. Tina was looking for a lighter read and found one (mostly) with The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
Today, May 24, 2019, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. How do you celebrate a queen’s 200th birthday?
The Royal Mint has issued a commemorative £5 coin. I think we can be sure that it won’t circulate since you’ll pay £13 to get it!
Besides the portrait of Victoria, the front of the coin has a bit of a steampunk theme going on with all the gears encasing pictures that demonstrate progress made during the Victorian age. The reverse of the coin shows both Victoria and Albert — Albert’s 200th birthday is in August.
Two new exhibits begin today at Kensington Palace, where Victoria spent her formative years.
Victoria: A Royal Childhood tells the story of her childhood “in the rooms where she was born and raised.” This is a new permanent exhibit, so we may all dream of seeing it someday.
Victoria: Woman and Crown features surviving items from the queen’s adult wardrobe, including a stylish pair of silver boots. The exhibit also explores Queen Victoria’s fascination with India, including the diaries that she wrote in Urdu.
Osborne Palace points out that many of Victoria and Albert’s birthday celebrations occurred at that location. Seven gifts given between members of the royal family are featured in their exhibit to honor the 200th birthdays. The Royal Presents at Osborne page includes descriptions and pictures of each.
I love the quote that Osborn Palace shared from Queen Victoria’s diary that she wrote on her birthday in 1852 when she turned 33:
It is always a delightful moment going into the room where my presents are arranged, and I still have the same feeling I had as a child.
That’s an exhibit I’d like to see! What a great quote about her excitement over gifts.
I like the gears a lot! I would love to see that exhibit, and I’m somewhat tickled to know that Albert’s 200th birthday is this year, as is our own town founder’s.
My books this week could not be more British — the memoirs of E. H. Shepard, illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows. The first volume is utterly charming and all about the joys of being an 8yo boy in Victorian London, with a jubilee and everything. The second is about his growing up, time in art school, and marriage. Lovely.
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