Leeds Castle 1930s House Party

Afternoon tea in the Library at Leeds Castle

Yesterday I made a dream come true that I didn’t even know that I had until last year, when I read online that Leeds Castle was throwing a 1930s themed party.  But that’s not all.  You could also sign up to sleep over in the castle.  Last year I stayed in one of the cottages […]

Royal Regalia Rocks – The Crown Jewels

Queen Elizabeth II coronation

No queen would be complete without her royal posse, her glam squad, and most importantly of all – her jewels. Nothing sets the royal woman apart from the mere mortals (and wannabes) more than the rare jewels that she uses to adorn herself. But more than just being some shiny rocks, the regalia, or the […]

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

My favourite Princess Diana dress - worn on a state visit to Brazil in 1991. Designer: Catherine Walker

If the suit makes the man, then the suit of armour makes the king.  If the suit of armour makes the king, then the ball gown definitely makes the royal woman!  There is no better place to see game-changing gowns worn by royal women than at the  Fashion Rules Exhibition at Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace was the […]

Tower of London and the Queens

The Queens of the Tower - from joyous coronations to heart-breaking demises

You could not find a more masculine monument in England than the Tower of London.  It’s a medieval fortress built by William the Conquerer shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066.  Over the centuries, it’s been a place of battle, a fortress, a prison, an execution site, but it’s also a royal palace.  And despite […]

Searching for Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle

courtesy of Hever Castle

Hever Castle is the Most Happy Castle in England.  Or at least its most famous resident, Queen Anne Boleyn, once had a motto which was “The Most Happy.”  It’s a good motto.  What’s so great about Hever Castle is that it’s large enough to be impressive, but small enough to feel intimate.  It’s easy to […]

Deborah Mitford Duchess of Devonshire

Duchess Deborah photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1950

The Hon. Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford began life in 1920 at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire, England.   Her father was the second Baron Redesdale and “Debo,” as she was fondly known as, was the youngest of five sisters and one brother.  The Mitford sisters were legendary.  Oldest sisters Nancy, Pamela, and Diana were part of the “bright […]

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire

Georgiana in the missing portrait

Princess Diana had a lot in common with her great-great-great-great aunt Lady Georgiana Spencer.  They were both social activists interested in the plights of those less fortunate.  They were both fashion icons.  And they both had three people in their marriages.   Lady Georgiana was born on 7th June 1757 to Margaret Georgiana Poyntz and […]

Hever Castle & Anne Boleyn

A welcome view when Anne returned to England

Anne Boleyn is right up there as one of the most controversial female figures in history.  But what do we really know about her?  At worst people say that she was a whore and home wrecker and at best she’s portrayed as a saint and victim.  But with two such divergent images it’s difficult to […]