If you suffer from delusions of grandeur, now is the perfect time to maximise such sophistry notions. Keep calm and grab your diamonds, tiaras, and a crown perhaps, even adorn a fascinating fascinator, and make merry this weekend, just like a Brit.
Pomp and ceremony of the royal family will reign throughout London and across the nation, starting tomorrow through June 5th as England celebrates with regal patriotic pride the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II—the longest serving monarch after Queen Victoria. Reigning for 60 years over the country and the commonwealth, and now at the established age of 86, the country will behold the sight of splendid royal festivities worthy of worldwide attention.
So while, I sit deep in the heart of Texas, as a Brit, what am I going to do to celebrate! Since I’m a Southern girl, and I mean from the south of England, and a royalist, I shall certainly wave my Union Jack flag, while glued to the TV coverage, and sipping tea. I’ve already coveted the idea of my very own crown, my fave tea caddy, sovereign scarf and crystal clutch, plus a divine piece of art that I can only admire from afar since I cannot visit Asprey on New Bond Street anytime soon. So here are a couple of Brit picks: my very official Diamond Jubilee gift-guide.
Liberty of London: Black Jubilee Scarf £150.
Liberty of London: Keep Calm and Carry On Tea £10.
Alexander McQueen: Britannia skull box clutch, in Union Jack suede and embellished with crystals, $2,295.
British light artist Chris Levine, has collaborated with Asprey, the oldest luxury brand to hold a royal warrant to the royal family—for over two hundred years. With 1,000 brilliant cut diamonds set in platinum by Asprey craftsmen, each diamond has been overlaid into a holographic portrait of the Queen wearing her crown. The portrait, which was created by Levine in 2004, shows the Queen wearing the diamond diadem, which is a recreation of the crown worn by Her Majesty on her 1953 coronation. The glittering work of art titled The Diamond Queen will be sold via auction bids during the month of June, and the proceeds will be divided between the Queen’s charities The Woodland Trust and QEST.
If you wish to covet your own crown, I suggest you opt for the paper kind, the smart savvy team at Brit online retailer ASOS has the perfect solution. I chose the Preen Queen crown, which you can download here, then take a photo of yourself, in your very own posh Preen Queen crown and post it on Pinterest on ASOS: You Rule. Crown Board.
This weekend, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee I will be sipping tea from my bone china tea cups, eating cucumber sandwiches, and wearing my Preen Queen crown while waving my union jack flag and yelling, god bless the Queen, Hip, Hip, Hooray!