Thursday, April 21, 2016

A BIRTHDAY AND A BALL


Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II.
What a composed and confident little girl she was way back then.


And now, looking fresh as a daisy, beautiful in the jewel bright colours she favours.  Her reign has been remarkable.  I never imagined when I was a fascinated little girl myself, that she would still be Queen to this day.
Well done, Ma'am.


Aren't these birthday portraits by Annie Leibovitz wonderful?
Surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and the five great-grandies..
Awwww.....


So proud of my Mother....

1982, Civic Reception in Brisbane, with Lord May Roy Harvey.
I have been stricken with the dreaded flu lurgy this week.
Too dopey and lethargic to do anything at all strenuous, I have been 'researching', and found this photo taken the day I got myself closest to H.M.
That diamond brooch was the most amazing piece of jewellery I have ever seen - fabulous!


Giving some thought to our next visit to London, later in the year.
Would Mr C be up to visiting Buckingham Palace, I wonder.
And maybe Windsor as well?
Oh, and Kensington Palace too?

Well, might have to do some by myself.


Last time I bought these plates..


Maybe I could get this:




We went to a lovely Charity Ball last week, raising funds for equipment for children with mobility needs.



The theme was 'Casino Royale'...


There were wandering cardsharps magicians..



and a little bag of treats...



Eventually my flu caught up with me, and we had to leave while the music still played..


I love this piece of public art in Gray Street..
it incorporates a picture of our city..


Isn't that clever?

Stay healthy..

XXXXX




34 comments:

  1. This is a lovely "Happy Birthday" to the Queen Patricia - I am just heading off for a few days, but hope to watch a special programme about her tonight, that is after we have eaten our 7 course taster menu at our destination!

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    1. I hope you do see the special programme about the Queen - and that it comes to Australia too. The taster menu sounds very appealing; enjoy your getaway Rosemary.

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  2. Get well soon Patricia. BTW the photo of the queen with all the greatgrandchildren is adorable, especially the little one holding the handbag.

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    1. Thank you Valerie. The 'handbag' girl is Mia, daughter of Zara and granddaughter of Princess Anne. As Zara always seems a girl full of fun, it seems little Mia takes after Mum :)

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  3. Feel better soon Trish. Lovely post and sorry your fun was curtailed at the ball x

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    1. Thank you Michelle. Perhaps it was a good thing not to attempt to dance the night away - think of the exhaustion the next morning!!

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  4. Sorry you have been struck down by the flu, Patricia. I hope you have a very speedy recovery.

    I have the greatest admiration for Queen Elizabeth. It's hard to believe she is 90. She has more energy than most people in their forties or fifties! The picture of her with her two youngest grandchildren and those lovely great grandchildren is a delight.

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    1. Thank you Kristie. Am feeling a bit better today. I wish I had the Queen's energy, and wonder how she does it. But I'm not about to take up horse-riding!

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  5. Trish, sorry you are feeling a little under the weather. Thanks for sharing the pictures of Queen Elizabeth. Saw some of these this morning on Yahoo!

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    1. Thank you Linda Kay. 90 is a most impressive birthday and I think breaks all records for the British monarchy in terms of age. I feel sorry my mother did not live so long or in such good health.

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  6. Hello Patricia,
    Hopefully you have passed the worst phase of your flu : ). Over here,a lot of coughing still going on.
    I must be one of the minority here, but to tell the truth - I have never liked Queen Elisabeth! There, I wrote it down.
    The only royalties, I sometimes stop to look/ read about, are Queen Margaretha of Denmark and Princess Mary from the same royal family. Anyways, I liked looking at your chosen pictures. Thank you. Get well soon!

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    1. Hello Mette, Mr C says he thinks I am a bit better today, and he is probably right.
      Smiled at your Queen comment - we don't all like the same people. I rarely admit but I didn't really like Princess Diana!! I know, shocking .... I thought she was treated badly by the Palace etc, but that is another issue.
      We love Princess Mary, who is of course, proudly Australian. The Danish royals are always of interest to me too.

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  7. Hope you are much better soon, it is horrid being sick so I hope you are soon over it. A wonderful post of tribute to The Queen! You inspired my post today with your adorable little silver carriage, so lovely! xx

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    1. Yes, horrid old flu, and I know you have had more than your share of it too. These days of international travel the viruses sweep the globe and we all get it together. Loved your post and your little silver carriage too. xx

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  8. Patricia, I'm sorry to hear you have the flu bug right now. Those things can sometimes last for a long time. I really like this picture of Queen Elizabeth as a child. That gold coach is so pretty, how sweet. You brought back some nice treasures on your last trip to London. The Charity Ball sounds like a wonderful event raising funds for children. Love the bag of treats that you got.

    Get well, my dear friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Hello Sheri, I am taking care to rest a lot, working on the principle that I can shake off the flu quickly. Don't want it going on for weeks! I wonder what further treasures I will find this time in London?

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  9. Such a pity you had to leave early from the Charity Ball by the flu, hope you feel better in the meantime. Love those pictures of the English Queen, especially the one with her grandchildren and great grandies, the little one holding the handbag is so cute.

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    1. Hi Janneke, at least we had our beautiful dinner at the Ball, and did not miss out on anything. I was asleep before my head hit the pillow! Those little royal children are very cute - love their pastel cardigans :)

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  10. Oh our Queen is still an inspiration at 90yrs - she seems to have so much energy.
    We watched a wonderful TV programme last night to celebrate her birthday - I'm sure you will get it over there too Patricia!
    You and I being of similar age, clearly remember her coronation - I had books and souvenirs which Im sad to say are long gone.
    I admire her sense of duty and service, she is a great example of always being there for us - I for one can't imagine our world without her.
    God save the Queen.

    Yes my dear friend it's almost a year since our first meeting here in Auckland - what an enjoyable time we had!
    I'm hoping to get over to Brisbane in June and hoping you will be there!
    So sorry you're not well, these bugs aren't nice are they? Take care.
    PS the Ball sounded wonderful - what did you wear?!
    Love
    Shane

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    1. Hello Shane. I have not found the TV programme, which others have mentioned too. Better check the programming again. I have hazy memory of the Coronation, and there were medals handed out - I wonder what happened to those. The Queen has been one great constant in our worlds, all these years, while other world leaders come and go.
      What fun if you come in June. We will be here, and would love to meet up with you. I'll make sure to be rid of the flu by then, and have to think of somewhere nice to meet.
      PS our little group all wore our long floaty summer caftans - with a bit of sparkle here and there. A very Brisbane type of formality! love P.

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  11. Do get better soon, please, Patricia. I have to admit I have always liked the Queen, and Prince Charles, who I think is way ahead of his time, and Camilla - just sad what happened earlier. I guess the Queen has always been there - as she should be, an enduring symbol of continuity.

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    1. Doing my best to get well soon, adapting persona of lazy slug! I like Prince Charles too, and yes, I agree, it was sad how it all went awry years ago. A wonderful symbol of continuity indeed, and with her amazing good health, I wonder will the Queen go on to her 100th? It could well happen.

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  12. Ah, Patricia, you and me both! I have the flu bug too, so I'm catching up with blogs. As always your photos are wonderful images of the classic and the classy. I like the photo with the Queen and Princess Anne. Anne is my favourite Royal. She is so hardworking and honest.

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    1. Yes, that flu bug is dashing all over the world - seriously. International travel makes it happen. Flu makes it hard to get on with things, doesn't it.
      I like that mother/daughter photo too - we don't often see them together, but they appear very close. Princess Anne is very real, no artifice with her.

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  13. The Queen looks gorgeous in bright pink! I visited Windsor palace many years ago. We stood in long lines to see Princess Mary's dollhouse and (I think) the crown jewels. If I remember correctly, we based what we saw on which lines were shorter, since we had to be back on a tour bus by a specific time. I'd love to visit Great Britain again!

    The ball sounds like great fun and a worthy cause. Get well soon!

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    1. Oh, you have been to Windsor! Exciting.. my parents went there long ago, and my mother always talked about the dollhouse. Hope I get to see it too.
      The ball was lovely, not too large, and as you say a worthy cause. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  14. Patricia, I didn't buy a yellow pot because I had the daisies planted in the ground, but the pots were so cool, and I may go back and get one sometime. :) They were a unique yellow color.

    ~Sheri

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  15. Love these photos and I'm sending out belated bday wishes to Her Majesty. I love that photo of her with the kiddos - especially the little one that got to hold her purse! How precious is that??

    Hope you're feeling much better! Make sure you're getting lots of fluids and take your vitamin C - even when you're feeling better and keep that immunity up. ;)

    Blessings. xoxo

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    1. Very cute isn't it Carrie...little Mia holding Grannie's bag :)
      I am on the mend, but it does take it out of you. Went to the shops for a few things and had to have a big rest on my return!

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  16. Hello Patricia,
    I hope you are feeling better and back enjoying life.
    I love all the images you posted of Her Majesty. She is beautiful. How sweet you remember her broach and the size and sparkle. It would be lovely if we connected when you are in Ireland.
    Have a great weekend

    Helen xx

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    1. Hello Helen, yes, back into the swing of life these past two days, thank you. What a great suggestion - what fun if we could meet in Ireland. I am so looking forward to the emerald isle. It is the stuff of legends in my mind :) xx

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    2. Love this post as I love Queen Elizabeth!
      Have you gone to the BBC website and taken the quiz to see how well you know your Queen? You know I did and I did very well on it! You knew I would, right? :-)
      The memory of the broach, that would be something to tell the grandchildren about!!

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    3. Well, I will have to try that quiz, now you have thrown down the challenge :)
      I never thought of that, re the grandchildren. So far, we only have boys, who might not be interested. Maybe we will get a granddaughter one day...

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    4. Well, I will have to try that quiz, now you have thrown down the challenge :)
      I never thought of that, re the grandchildren. So far, we only have boys, who might not be interested. Maybe we will get a granddaughter one day...

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