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David Austin Roses wins 24th Gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

David Austin Roses, the by word for excellence in English Roses, won their 24th Gold at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. As always this was also their chance to showcase their new rose for the show, this year being ‘Tottering-by-gently’ inspired by Annie Tempest’s cartoon which appears in County Life every week. In addition to the 10 show gardens and 16 smaller ones, there were a host of celebrities to add to the colour of the floral displays. Themes for the gardens ranged from local company, Trailfinders’ inspiration of the Western Cape of South Africa, to the Yorkshire Dales, to recyclable plastic. Truly inspirational garden displays.

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Radiant HRH The Princess Royal reviews Chelsea Pensioners at Founder’s Day Parade

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the refurbished Wren designed ‘Long Wards’ whilst visiting Royal Hospital Road, home to the Chelsea Pensioners, at their recent annual Founder’s Day Parade. Dressed in pale blue and looking strikingly similar to the Queen at a young age, she enchanted the men in scarlet and showed her mother’s knack for sharing a quick joke with all she met. Sporting an Oak Leaf, symbolic of the tree King Charles II hid behind in order to avoid capture by the Parliamentary forces in 1661 at the Battle of Worcester, ‘Oak Apple Day’ as Founder’s Day is also known, is held on a day closest to King Charles II birthday (29th May) and the date of his restoration as King in 1660.  Those attending the parade represented many of the British corps, rejiments and military charities of which HRH The Princess Royal is Colonel in Chief, Colonel or Patron.

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HRH Prince Michael of Kent unveils memorial to Colonel Carlos at Royal Hospital Road

Some 90 descendants of Colonel William Carlos attended this event, of all ages, together with representatives from Royal Hospital Road. Carlos was credited with saving King Charles II by hiding him in the Boscobel Oak whilst Cromwell’s army were searching for him. King Charles II is recognised as the founder of Royal Hospital Chelsea, when in 1681 he issued a Royal Warrant for its foundation. Each Founder’s Day, as it was today, the statue is covered with oak leaves to remind us of his escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The text of the King’s 1658 Grant of Arms to Colonel Carlos makes clear the King’s conviction that the Colonel’s actions at Boscobel were the main reason for his own, and thus the Royal Family’s, survival.

From an anthropological perspective it was lovely to see 90 people introducing each other to other parts of this extended family and find out exactly how they were related.  Congratulations must go to John Doble (descendant) who organised much of today’s event.

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Chelsea Pensioners celebrate the birth of the new Prince

After hearing the fantastic news about the Prince’s birth, we visited Royal Hospital Chelsea to join in the celebrations.

The Pensioners were excited about the news and proudly pointed out that twenty years from now, the Prince might Review them as part of their Founder’s Day tradition.

Dorothy Hughes (89), one of the first female Chelsea Pensioners, had some touching words to say about the happy event:

“I was so pleased to hear that Kate and William were allowed to have time to bond with the new baby.  A new mother feels so emotional.  First a sense of relief when labour is over.  Then exhaustion followed by anxiety of how you will cope with raising the child and adjusting to family life.  When my daughter was born 61 years ago, fathers were not allowed to see the baby until visiting hour, which was only 30 minutes.  I still remember the loneliness I felt.”

Later today ‘Charles’ the teddy bear resplendent in scarlet coat will be sent to the new Prince as a gift from Royal Hospital in a symbolic gesture reflecting the closeness the royal family have with the Pensioners.

Text:  Isere Lloyd-Davis

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Aston Martin celebrate their centenary with spectacular show at Kensington Gardens

This was an incredible experience for Aston Martin car lovers or car lovers in general to spend a day at Kensington Gardens for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Jointly organised by the Aston Martin Owners Club, Aston Martin Heritage Trust, Aston Martin and in partnership with The Royal Parks and the Royal Household, this was the largest ‘get-together’ of Aston Martins ever achieved. Cars were lined up in chronological order, starting with the A3 built in 1913 to the very latest vanquish centenary edition. Most of those in attendance (even children) could tell their Vantages from their Zagatos! Aston Martin are synonymous with the ‘made in Britain’ label for excellence and prestige – all this was there in abundance. Another British icon, James Bond, was present – not in person but the original cars from Casino Royal and Skyfall were on show. Enthusiasts came from across the world for this amazing centenary event.

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Pensioners reviewed by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

On another bright and glorious summer’s day in London, HRH The Duke of Gloucester inspected the Chelsea Pensioners who marched past resplendent in their red and black uniform, buttons and boots gleaming and shining. For the 300 soldiers this is the highlight of the year – a known fact that living there, increases life span by about a further ten years, such is the congeniality of the environment.

In addition to the March past, the Duke of Gloucester was also there to open the first of the modern study bedrooms the soldiers will live in. Until now, accommodation has been windowless, nine foot square ‘berths’.  With new accommodation perhaps their life span might increase to 15 years longer than their counter parts in ‘civvie’ land?!  (Photos by kind courtesy of Lawson Dodd)

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