It's her Platinum Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, is now the longest-reigning British monarch.
More so even than Queen Victoria, who sat on her throne for 63 years 216 days, give or take a few days going out in the Highlands of Scotland to shoot deer.
Since Barbados declared independence last year, there are only 15 Commonwealth countries left where the queen is head of state.
Like the Queen, he is particularly fond of dogs. Though unlike the Queen, he hasn't bred a daschund with a corgi to produce a dorgi.
Lady B: In honour of our Queen I've re-decorated some of the rooms in Castle Broccoli.
Well, it's said around Paradise Island that you have a throne in the basement of Drizzly Manor already.
Lord B: My wife has a little chair she likes to sit on while she has her nails done.
Lord B: It was my pater who said that.
No, it wasn't. It was Napoleon.
Here's Napoleon's throne by the way. It's in the Louvre in Paris.
And here's a painting of Napoleon beside the throne.
Lord B: It looks rather small.
Napoleon was a small man.
Lady B: My husband is a small man.
Just as well he has a heart of gold.
Lady B: Yes, he's a small man with big pockets. We're a perfect match.
Perhaps you ought to have matching thrones?
Lady B: These would clash dreadfully with my colour scheme.
What about these?
Lady B: One finds metal thrones rather cold.
Well, back to red then.
Lady B: I don't care for this shade of red. And I'd prefer something more ornate.
Good heavens, Lady B. These are from the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. How ornate do you want?
Lady B: More gold wouldn't go amiss.
How about this? It belonged to King John VI of Portugal.
Lady B: I don't care for the children on the armrests.
OK, what about this replica throne made from paper and gold foil?
Lady B: What part of NO REPLICAS don't you understand?
The fashion forums gave Innocent a gold star for this dress.
Lady B: Innocent looks ridiculous in this. And it isn't real gold.
Well, here's a throne in Warsaw with plenty of real gold.
Lord B: I say! This is top notch!
Lady B: I disagree. One would feel like a Victorian relic sitting on this. It's too Olde Worlde.
OK, here is one from the Newe Worlde.
Lady B: This throne is nothing but a bench.
Lord B: The woman is very attractive. But is she royalty?
You need to get out more, Lord B.
This is Michele Obama, 44th First Lady of the United States of America. The Obamas are the nearest thing to royalty in that part of the world.
Unless you count the King.
Lord B: The name rings a bell.
Sorry. I meant this King. The Burger King.
Lady B: I have no idea what you're on about, Seashell. Do get on with it. I have an appointment with my Young Male Reader.
The reader last night was Count Novello. Apparently he's a favourite with some of the European princesses, such as Baroness Gateau of Snowvenia.
Lord B: I expect she is in the habit of having her cake and eating it.
Lady B: My Young Male Reader tonight is a Dutch fellow. William somebody.
Love the trousers, darling. Sooooo masterful.
This is William I, King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Lord B: Is it the United Kingdom or is it the ruddy Netherlands? Make up your mind!
Lady B: Here is the throne, which suits me very well whilst being read to.
Lord B: If I didn't know better I'd think this was a bed.
Lady B: Comfort is very important, darling.
For reading though, wouldn't this French banquette do?
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Lord B: This blog is a frightful bore. I'd like to see less furniture and more beautiful ladies.
Alright, here is Blogda, a minor royal from Krappistan.
And just so you know, here is the Krappi throne.
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Lady B: Plastic!
You mean like the Gaddi-Nizam throne in Hyderabad?
Or the Qin dynasty throne?
Or did you mean Emperor Qin's peacock throne?
Lord B: Tally ho, these are thrones fit for a king!
Which king would that be, Lord B?
Lord B: That wretched King Charles.
Do you mean King Charles III of Spain?
Lord Brassica: No, not that one.
Maybe you mean this King Charles?
Lord B: Heavens no. This is a thoroughly decent hound.
I mean the one on the throne at the moment.
Lord B: I mean that chap who talks to trees. Whathisname.
Lord B: That's the one. Here's a throne that would suit him.
Lady B: Pass the sickbag.
I thought you'd enjoy a royal wedding, Lady B. All those posh frocks and silly hats.
Lady Jess: Well, if it's tasteful, yes. But in recent years it's all become rather brash.
Like you on New Year's Eve?
Lady Jess: I wore silver, avoiding the terrible bling you see nowadays.
So, no bling. You're looking for quite a plain throne then.
Something like this?
Lady B: Absolutely not. This is far too nouveau.
Here's a rather nice one in the traditional style.
Lord B: If I didn't know better I'd think this was a lavatory.
Yes, Lord B, it is a lavatory.
Lady B: This is definitely unsuitable for my throne room.
Maybe you'd prefer ivory?
Lord B: This looks jolly uncomfortable.
Lady B: It's rather . . . plebian.
Hardly. It belonged to Ivan the Terrible of Russia.
Lord B: What's so terrible about him?
You obviously don't know your Kings and Queens.
Lord B: I most certainly do. My pater was the Right Honourable Lord Brassica Fourth Earl of Drizzly of That Ilk.
This is Abraham Lincoln.
Lord B: Is it? By jove, perhaps it is.
You do have a good pedigree though. I wonder if you're related to Henry the Eighth?
Lord B: I say, this looks like the chap on my gin bottle. He doesn't appear to have a throne.
He doesn't need a throne. He's there to guard the Tower.
Lord B: This is my father's throne.
No, it isn't. This is the throne of the Grace of God, Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. The last emperor, as things turned out.
And here is his wife Tsarina Alexandra, the Empress consort.
I notice she's not wearing a crown.
Unlike your wife, who seems to have coronated herself.
Here is my husband's father, Lord Brassica, at Castle Broccoli.
Lord B: And here is my horse Tonks in the family carriage.
Lady B: A carriage bench is essential for royalty, like having a bench for one's tiara.
I've already thought of that, Lady B. Here's a splendid bench for storing your crown jewels.
And now I thought we'd do a bit of a game.
Lord B: Not that blasted Game of Thrones I hope.
No, I was thinking more like the Tudors and the Stuarts.
Lady B: It's rather bohemian for my taste. And I don't care for the colour of the landscape.
Besides, a royal couple like ourselves needs to be rather more opulent.
|photo by David Anstiss @ http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1711073|
Union Jack heart chair is by Jan Constantine, a British designer,
businesswoman and author who is widely recognised for her
hand-embroidered cushions, accessories and patriotic interiors. In
2005, she introduced coloured felt wool to her designs (which had
previously been created predominantly in cream and white linen), and
released the Union Jack and heart design for which she has since
become renowned. Constantine is widely credited as the starting point
of a Union Jack renaissance in the UK, and is instantly recognisable
in interior design for her patriotic themes. The photo at Wikimedia
is by Camralphs, taken in 2011.
For a complete understanding of what's going on in Britain see our Brexit benches at http://benchsite.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/the-ins-and-outs-of-british-brexit.html To summarise, on June 23, 2016 a referendum took place in Great Britain in which the voters of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar voted on whether or not to remain in the European Union. This became known as the Brexit vote (British Exit). Voters were divided into Leavers (those who wanted to leave the EU) and Remainers, those who wanted to stay. After 43 years, the Leavers got their way and in 2021 the UK left the European Union.
And speaking of liars' benches, the BBC did not report on the decline of British benches. I made up this news myself using the excellent Fotofunia lab. The pile of wood shown is a photograph by Lara in 2006. Lara is a casual games artist from Vancouver, who now lives in Seattle. Her albums are full of photos from Canada, the US, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. https://www.flickr.com/photos/lara604/279938667
It'll soon be the Dog Bench Days of August again. Jay Melnick lives in Colorado and he photographs a lot of dogs as ArgosPaw's. This includes the brilliant Bulldog Reunion, taken in 2014. It's not easy to get dogs lined up on a bench so it's great to see this. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymelnick/14493841782/
The multicultural people on a bench are from the papier mâché works of Jenny Clayden, an artist who lived and worked on the Isle of Wight. From life-size down to thumb-size, she designed and made figures of all sizes in papier mâché. She previously worked as a theatre designer in London where she made props, puppets, masks and a pantomime horse, all in papier mâché. Her approach was dramatic and colourful but she also developed the more serious aspects of her themes.
The white throne with yellow cushions isGaddi-Nizam’s throne in the Chowmahalla Palace at Quil Wath, Hyderabad. It was photographed in 2009 by Kinshuk Sunil, who is from Ghazabad, India and is the founder of Hashstash Studios. https://www.flickr.com/photos/kinshuksunil/3582226486
The regal bench with its skinny royal dogs is the Quinta de Regaleira bench atSintra, in Portugal. It was photographed by Husond and made available on wikimedia at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Regaleira_bench_2.JPG?uselang=en-gb A husond is apparently an Icelandic duck but the photographer is Portuguese, so neither a duck nor Icelandic.
Exploratorium has a whole album of the total solar eclipse seen in Side, Turkey back in 2006. Best of all are the photos of people watching the eclipse. The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located at Pier 15 in San Francisco, California. They believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness and can increase your confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. They also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages. https://www.flickr.com/photos/exploratorium/2700332734/