Archive for June, 2011

Prince Harry Reviews the Chelsea Pensioners’ Founders Day – June 9th

This morning HRH Prince Harry, looking splendid in his Household Cavalry Blues and Royals uniform, admitted to being somewhat nervous as he inspected the Chelsea Pensioners at their annual Founders Day Parade. The In-Pensioners enjoyed his visit and the Prince smiling away seemed to be most at ease with them. One Chelsea Pensioner, Joe Britton has been at Royal Hospital Road for 17 years and will be 100 in October, had a long chat with him. (We also had a chat with Joe but we don’t expect he told Harry that he was on ‘Deal or No Deal’ in 1997 and won £20,000). Prince Harry is the first serving officer to review the event since HRH The Duke of Kent did so in 1974.

Those Pensioners, who were able, marched past Prince Harry, saluting with the hand furthest away from His Royal Highness – a custom dating back to when knights in armour saluted by lifting their visors to show their identity with whichever hand did not hide their face. The average age of those filing past Prince Harry was 82 – a fact that did not escape him as he commented that he was impressed to see they marched better in rank that his brother did!

Images: Lucy Elliott

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London Open Squares Weekend Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2011

Now is your chance to see those wonderful bits of Kensington you don’t normally have access to.

Open to the public for this weekend only are:
Kensington Square (Sun 13.00 – 17.00); The Roof Gardens (Sunday 08.00 – 11.00); Iverna Gardens (Sun 10.00 – 17.00); Lexham Gardens (Sat 10.00 – 17.00); Cornwall Gardens (Sun 10.00 – 17.00); and lastly a real experience, but I’m afraid only available to those who have already booked, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace (Sat. 10.30 – 14.30)

In total there are some 214 gardens across London which will be open this weekend (117 exclusively for this event). One ticket £7.50 gains access to all (with the exception of Kensington Palace and Wormwood Scrubs). To find out more see www.capitalgardens.co.uk, or call 020 8347 3230.

Have a wonderful time!

Images below have been taken over the past few years and are from Lexham Gardens, The Roof Gardens or Kensington Square (incidentally Kensington Square was one of the earliest Squares in London, dating from the 17th Century and many famous people have resided here – the garden is also famous for it’s Hanky Tree, but please don’t expect to see this in bloom as it’s the wrong time of year – however it’s definately worth visiting this Square.  Bill and Ben are the famous flamingos  at the Roof Gardens, before Posh and Pecks joined them a few years later!  The horse resides in Lexham Square).


Images Lucy Elliott
Copyright: The Kensington Magazine