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Stratford Road Village Street Christmas Party 2013

An annual Christmas get-together organised by the local businesses of this very ‘village’ street.  Tucked away betwixt Marloes Road and the Earls Court Road, many businesses (the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker) opened late and offered Christmas ideas, special offers, quizzes, prizes and food and wine.   The Mayor and Mayoress of Kensington & Chelsea formally opened the event and then met with local retailers.  Children loved the impromptu dancing, retailers enjoyed treating their clients and neighbours enjoyed catching up with one another.  Congratulations not only goes to the generosity of these small independent businesses but also to the team of three ward councillors who are very proactive in spreading the word about the City Living, Local Life scheme operated by RBKC.

A Happy Christmas to all!

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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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Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace!

Kensington Palace is putting on a unique fashion exhibition displaying the beautiful coats and dresses belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana. It is a rare opportunity to see the intricate designs and patterns of the gowns up close while enjoying videos and images of the royals wearing the outfits at various regal events. The exhibition shows her Majesty’s slim frame and classic style, as well as Princess Margaret’s Hollywood influenced party gowns and Diana’s 90s shoulder padded jackets and bouffant skirts. The fascinating captions next to the dresses indicate the designer and the choice of colours or design relating to the type of event they were made for. Don’t miss it!

The images below show (r-l):  Princess Margaret Evening Gown in cream silk satin 1951; HM The Queen, silk dress and fur coat with fur trim 1972 and Diana, Princess of Wales Evening Dress, Zandra Rhodes 1986

Text:  Isere Lloyd-Davis

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