Elizabeth II makes appearance as UK honors her 70 years as Queen


The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II will be celebrated around the Commonwealth for four days marking the 70th anniversary of her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

Long before newspapers and Instagram, it was town criers — with their bells and pronounced cries of “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” in village squares across Britain — who shared news, gossip and royal family intrigue to interested crowds.

Michael Reddy, a town crier in Warwick, England, celebrated the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday. Credit: Andrew Boyers/Reuters. We see you eyeing his hat, Hattingdon!

The centuries-old tradition, which is kept alive by volunteers and enthusiasts often appointed by towns and villages in Britain, was brought to the fore Thursday afternoon by town criers around Britain, who read a proclamation to honor the Platinum Jubilee celebrating the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

“We’re never going to see another Platinum Jubilee — certainly not in my lifetime,” said Jane Smith, a town crier for the coastal town Bognor Regis who wrote the jubilee proclamation at the request of the event’s organizers. “It was just an absolute honor to be able to do something like that,” she said, adding, “It’s a piece of history.”

Hattingdon joins the festivities decked out in a super fun hat made for her by English born and bred creator and designer — Vivian.

The Jackie hat comes in two looks. One features a Union Jack inspired sweetheart hat with round shades inspired by the English flag, and the other sans shades.

Jackie Hat.
Jackie Union Jack sweetheart hat with flag of England shades.
Jackie Hat and Shades.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a chic navy and white Philip Treacy saucer hat.

Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images.

The Duchess paid a sweet tribute to Princess Diana by wearing her late mother-in-law’s earrings and necklace.

God save her Majesty. God save the Queen.

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“A Hatful of Smiles”

Article Source: The New York Times.

Featured Image: The Mall in central London filled with revellers for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday.

©Vivian Grant Farrell, creator and designer of Hattingdon Horses.

Updated 6/8/22

Long live the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the British throne today, 6 February 2022, a milestone never reached by any of her predecessors over the last 1,000 years, and one that only a few monarchs across the globe have ever achieved.

On 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II became the first sovereign in over 200 years to accede the throne while abroad.

Princess Elizabeth was on a trip to Kenya when she ascended the throne. She became the Queen of Britain, and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand, following the news of her father George VI’s untimely passing at the age of 56.

Her Majesty has achieved an incredible feat as she officially marks 70 years since she acceded to the throne.

We mark the occasion with a vintage design — called Regina.

Regina featured image.
Regina Hattingdon c. Dec. 2008.

Vivian, a lifelong photographer, originally created Regina during the Christmas holidays in 2008 in Washington, D.C. where she had been lobbying for horse protection laws.

“This old design looked impossible to save to begin with,” she states. “I didn’t have Photoshop then. Who knows what I used? All the layers were locked anyway. Thankfully I was able to salvage the crown totally intact! I didn’t fancy having to recreate that.”

Vivian is purely self taught. “I learned through trial and error. Lots of trials, and lots of errors,” she laughs. “But I have plenty of imagination . . . . and ‘never say die’. I was such a newbie when I created that design. I am pretty astonished by it actually.”

We hope Regina brings you a ‘hatful of smiles’.

Before you go, look at this. Lovely.

Sold Price: Queen Elizabeth II Artist Doll in Coronation Robe, maker  unknown, no discernable marks, faithful likeness of Elizabeth at her June  1953 - May 3, 0112 2:00 PM EDT
Queen Elizabeth II Artist Doll in Coronation Robe, maker unknown.

God Save Her Majesty. God Save the Queen.

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(Updated Feb. 6, 2022; 2.45 pm)