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At home with Her Majesty

HER MAJESTY’S 80th birthday celebrations continue with the chance to visit exhibitions at two of her official residences. Until 11th March next year Windsor Castle’s Drawings Gallery hosts a display of photographs chronicling the Queen’s long and varied life and reign, from her christening through the birth of Prince Charles up to the present day. Meanwhile Buckingham Palace, where the State Rooms open to the public for two months from 26th July, shows off over 80 of her spectacular gowns, along with a selection of some of her finest jewellery, like the glistening Cullinan V Heart Brooch with its 18.8 carat diamond.See something more at this website.

Chelsea Pensioners win freedom

AS OF WEDNESDAY 28th June, the Royal Hospital Chelsea (see Issue 125) holds the prestigious honour of Freedom of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The ceremony will begin in Duke of York Square, followed by a procession of scarlet-uniformed Pensioners marching down the Kings

Road to the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. This is the third year of The Chelsea Pensioners Appeal, which hopes to raise £35 million for the Royal Hospital by the end of March 2008 to build a new infirmary and update the Pensioners’ accommodation.If you want to visit this place check at this hotel comparison sites to plan your vacantion.

Sweet sounds from Canterbury Cathedral

THE SOUTHERN CATHEDRALS Festival, an annual extravaganza from the choirs of Salisbury, Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals, is being hosted by Salisbury from 19th to 23rd July. One of the highlights is sure to be the ‘big screen’ organ recital from David Briggs. Among the world’s greatest organists, Briggs will improvise to the classic 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera on the cathedral’s monstrous Father Willis organ. With so much musical talent on offer from even the youngest of participants, and music ranging from Bach to Bernstein, Purcell to Parry, this is sure to be an aural treat for everyone.

Stately sculptures on show

BURGHLEY HOUSE IN Lincolnshire this summer plays host to some of the finest sculptures in the land. With exhibits loaned from the Tate, Victoria & Albert, Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam Museums, as well as from private collections, the sculptures on display range from the Bronze Age to the present day. They will be set within the luxurious surrounds of one of England’s finest stately homes, built for Queen Elizabeth l’s Treasurer. Learn more about amazing Europe at the best Europe Cities website. From Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin to Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, the eclectic display includes some of the most renowned sculptures in the country. Running until 29th October, the exhibition in the house is complemented by one of more contemporary works in the 12 acre Sculpture Garden, perfect for strolling through on a long Summer’s afternoon.

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