London celebrates the 63year reign of Queen Elizabeth II

first_imgImage by Shaun Jeffers via London & PartnersQueen Elizabeth II has become the UK’s longest serving monarch – surpassing Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years, seven months and two days.To mark this momentous milestone, many of the capital’s attractions, hotels and retailers are getting into the royal spirit with themed afternoon teas, special displays and citywide festivities.A flotilla of historic vessels, leisure cruisers and passenger boats took part in a procession on the River Thames. The ‘Royal River Salute’ is part of London’s annual Totally Thames Festival, which takes place throughout September.Visitors to Buckingham Palace enjoyed a special outdoor photographic display, shown in the inner Quadrangle of the official residences – an area that is not normally included in the visitor route.Kensington Palace is also marking this special occasion with a new film installation celebrating the reign of Her Majesty The Queen, and of her predecessor as longest serving monarch, Queen Victoria.Madame Tussauds have also unveiled a new dress for their waxwork of the Queen, a replica of the gown worn by Her Royal Highness in 2012 for her official Diamond Jubilee photographs, whilst the Thames Rib Experience provided Royal novelty masks and played Rule Britannia amongst other patriotic songs on board their speedboat voyages throughout the day.No London royal celebration would be complete without afternoon tea and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge, including a Royal-themed afternoon tea at InterContinental London Park Lane, which is located on the site of 145 Piccadilly, the former childhood residence of Queen Elizabeth II. St James’s Court, a Taj Hotel also offered a lavish afternoon tea which includes scones prepared according to Her Majesty’s own instructions.Those wishing to purchase their own special tea to mark the occasion need look no further than Fortnum & Mason, which will be launching a Queen’s Blend Tea in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.Chris Gottlieb, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for London said: “This very special milestone wasn’t going to go unnoticed in the capital and it’s fantastic to see the range of festivities on offer for visitors and Londoners in honour of our longest-serving monarch.“In 2014 London welcomed a record 17.4 million international visitors, many attracted by the capital’s royal heritage and cultural landmarks – particularly those from North America. We envisage that historic milestones such as these, along with the spectacular programme of blockbuster exhibitions and theatre on offer this autumn, will continue to drive London’s momentum.”For more inspiration on royal-related activities in London, see below:Royal London: attractions: Attractions itinerary: Middleton’s London: = London & Partnerslast_img read more

La ChauxdeFonds Switzerland – Reported by Elite

first_imgLa Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineIn unveiling the Grande Seconde SW Red Gold, Jaquet Droz is giving its sports collection URBAN*LONDON the recognition it so richly deserves. This new watch combines technical performance and ultimate elegance of design – red and black interact for dynamic visual impact.Red gold is not only used for the case, but also for the three-dimensional ring circling both dials on this model, with its superb, masculine lines. Red gold gleams from the fluted bezel with its deliberately assertive design, the applied plates, the hollowed horns, the hands and the folding clasp – whose shining surface contrasts with the dark matt of the rubber strap – not to mention the dial and crown. This beautifully balanced design is carefully thought out down to the last detail: the watch hands are tipped with a coat of Super-LumiNova.Featuring a mechanical self-winding double-barrel movement and a 18-carat white gold sport oscillating weight, the Grande Seconde SW Red Gold is water resistant to 5 bars (50 meters). Featuring superior resistance, architecture and design, this exceptional watch meets the high expectations and standards of the true aficionado of superior time-keeping mechanisms. read more