Royal Family Engagement Rings

Queen Mother and Camilla

Camilla’s ring originally belonged to the Queen’s Mother.

Queen’s engagement ring

Diana and Kate’s engagement ring

Kate’s engagement ring was originally her late Mother in laws. It is a sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Princess Anne Engagement rings

Both Princess Anne’s engagement rings are sapphires surrounded by diamonds. Top is from first marriage and bottom from second marriage.

Sarah Fergusson and Eugene Engagement Rings

Sarah Fegusson’s ring was burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds. Her daughter’s is a similar ring but adparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Eugene’s is on the left and Sarah’s on the right.

Sophie’s Engagement ring

Autumn’s ring

Zara’s ring

Meghan Markles Rings

First Engagement ring from marriage to Trevor Englesman.

Ring for engagement to Harry.

I like the rings with coloured stones, what do you like best?

The Royal Family and me

 

I  was not born when Charles and Diana married. I’m not old enough to remember Prince Andrew’s and Sarah’s wedding, I can not remember there being much fuss about Prince Edward and Sophie’s wedding. I can remember newspaper coverage the next day of Philip and Zara’s wedding. I can remember newspaper coverage around Charles and Camilla’s wedding. The Queen Mother died about a week before Charles wedding. I heard about the Queen’s Mother’s death on the radio whilst I was at the petrol station at Asda Scunthorpe. The BBC suspended it’s schedule for the night and instead showed programmes in tribute.

I can vividly remember Diana’s death.

Wonderwall: Summer 1997; 20 years ago.

There was a public holiday for Prince William’s wedding so that in it memorable. However I barely saw any tv coverage live as I was in the car on the way up to the Lakes for the weekend. I wish could have started Day in final destination of Keswick as there was a screen in front of Moot Hall; I think the atmosphere would have been good. In retrospect I feel, I missed out; therefore I would like to watch Prince Harry’s forthcoming wedding to Meghan Markle on 19th May 2018.

I have seen the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace, a few times. I have been inside Buckingham palace once. Buckingham palace only opens to the public during August; I highly recommend a visit.

I have seen the Queen twice. The first time during her jubilee year, I saw her and Prince Philip when they visited Scunthorpe. The second time was unplanned; I stumbled on the Queen presenting awards in Trafalger square.

I always watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day. I recently saw an interesting documentary called the Coronation to mark 65 years since the coronation. I recommend trying to find it on BBC iPlayer. The Queen appeared in it. It was the most informal conversation I have seen her in; the Christmas address is very formal and when she is on public engagements you never really hear what she says. The programme included her talking about wearing the crowns and looking at the heavily jewelled crowns. At one point she was asked, what her children at the time Charles and Anne did on the day and she said ‘I have no idea. I was not with them’.

Some think the monarchy is archaic and should be abolished. I’m currently in the middle of a book by Sue Townsend; called Queen Camilla which imagines the monarchy has been abolished. I like having the monarchy; it represents so much history. Tax payers money does fund the family but the Royal Family rarely gets raises in money received so they are budgeting. I think they must draw millions of tourists to the UK. I think they are beneficial in terms of relationships with other countries.

What do you think of the UKs 🇬🇧 monarchy?

Links to my posts on what brides, bridesmaids and the Queen have worn at royal weddings.

The Queen’s Mother wedding

The Queen’s wedding

Charles and Camilla Wedding

Princess Anne  and Mark Phillip’s Wedding 

Princess Anne and Timothy Lawerence Wedding

Princess Andrew and Sarah Fergusson Wedding

Princess and Edward and Sophie’s Wedding

Philip and Autumn Wedding

Prince William and Kate’s wedding

Zara and Mike’s wedding

2 royal weddings in 2018 both at the same location: Harry and Meghan and Eugene and Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Elizabeth 11 Drop Scones; recipe from Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher

One of the major selling points of this book was it contained a letter from Queen Elizabeth to Presidents Eisenhower, written in 1960. Which included a recipe for drop scones that she had served him.

The book includes clear photos of the original letters and also a transcript of the letters, in case any of the handwriting is difficult to read. Additionally there is a paragraph giving the background to the letter.

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Queen Elizabeth’s book is the first proper letter in the book (technically the first is a letter from Shaun Usher). It is amazing to see the Queen’s handwriting on Buckingham palace headed notepaper; I thought it would be fun to try to replicate her recipe. At first when I saw scones, I was thinking the type of scones you have with jam and cream. But another name for drop scones is scotch pancakes. They are denser than what , I would class as an English Shrove Tuesday pancake. More towards an American pancake hence why they may have appealed to the American president.

The recipe does not contain much method; it is mainly a list of ingredients, so google had to come in play for some of the method. Also google was needed because ‘our Liz’, did not seem to use scales. Instead in  the recipe; ingredients are measured in tea cups. I do not own a tea cup. I have interpreted a tea cup as about 130g and therefore where a quarter of a tea cup was listed for sugar, I used 30g. For the milk where 2 teacups were required I used 350ml. The recipe also called for two tablespoons of butter, so I faithfully tried to scrape butter up from block with a spoon; my first attempt was more like a half spoon, so then had to scrape another half spoon. Probably just cutting about 2cm in from a block of butter along short side would have been about right.

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When working out the quantities; I should have realised that the recipe was for 16 people. I’m afraid to say there was lots of waste. As there was no method I first tried, putting batter over whole pan like a normal pancake; that was a complete mess burnt in places despite not cooking in the middle as was so thick. I then read should be just a tablespoon for each scone ‘dropped’ in; clue may have been in the title! Even then I had issues getting middles cooked without burning the top and bottom.  I was cooking in butter in a pan; some methods called for a griddle pan, so maybe that would help.

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When cooked the drops scones should be quite spongy. I did not have cream of tartar, so I put in 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda instead of 2. The bitternessc of the bicarbonate of soda was overpowering; I would say do not put more than a teaspoon of it in! I ended up adding more sugar to the batter to try and compensate. I then smothered in golden syrup – is that a British item or do you get it else where?

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Not all the letters; give rise to such projects but, it is a good coffee table book to dip into; which gives glimpses into history. For example there is a letter from Queen Mary of Scotland, written in French their her brother the night before she was executed, a letter from Mark Chapman trying to sell the album John Lennon signed before later in the day Chapman shot him, a letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol as regards as album design and many more!