A View Into England's FinestWhen Britain celebrated The Queens Diamond Jubilee June 2-5th, 2012, there was plenty of pomp and ceremony. It was a huge family affair and lots of coordinating outfits and hats to delight us all. But there was also a lovely glimpse into English decor, a favorite theme here at Decorative Things. You can read about the Queen’s milestone on all our pages dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee and see glimpses into English home decor on them.
In case you are wondering about the relationship of Queen Elizabeth to the British WWII Keep Calm and Carry On slogan, it's her father, George VI, whose crown is at the top of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster. He was on duty during WWII and Elizabeth was right there too. When her father was ill and weak towards the end of his life, Elizabeth traveled all over the Commonwealth for him so you might say Queen Elizabeth II has reigned since she was born, 86 years years ago. And that means overseeing many palaces, castles and gardens. The Queen's English decor staff must be huge.
English decorating doesn't require a staff. You can diy by adding British decor items like Wedgwood commemorative mugs and plates and English throw pillows to your kitchen, dining room and sofa. English decor items generally add a comfy look, no matter how regal they are.
English Decor IdeasIf you did not go to London for the Queen's Jubilee festivities, don't worry, we gathered lost of souvenirs including many useful table decor items for you. The British came up with many, many fun English decor items to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee. There was original music by Sir Elton John written for The Queen, special horse races, parades and more. And of course there were Wedgwood mugs bowls and plates and many other delightful English table decor items to commemorate the events.
|The British have a long tradition of Street parties for Jubilee celebrations. See photos of some examples to the right. We’ve got plenty of British cocktail napkins and party supplies for your very own stateside Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration. I learned from Sally Bedell Smith’s recently published biography of Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth The Queen, that her majesty doesn't just drink tea. Smith writes:
“To unwind before luncheon, the Queen would have a Gin and Dubonnet (half portions of each, with ice and lemon) and before dinner a strong gin martini prepared neat like Philip’s…”|
So pour pour the Gin, pour the tea, whatever your fancy, and add English decor items to your table decor. The English are always throwing lots of historic English parties. Have your own street party, English tea party or cocktail party, stateside.