Today London saw the state opening of Parliament - a 500 year old ceremony which marks the formal start of the parliamentary year. This year Prince Charles carried out the ceremony, reading a speech on behalf of his mother.
Totally Tailored guide Rob was hosting a 'Best of London' tour for the lovely Huttenlocher family (pictured) and managed to get them in prime position to witness this annual event.
Here's what Mom, Julie had to say:
'Oh my goodness….what an absolutely amazing day we had today. I cannot even begin to tell you how much we appreciated everything. Rob was just spectacular. He was full of so much information… my kids cannot stop talking about how much they liked the tour! Thank you!…we are still in awe that we were able to see Charles and William. Olivia was super excited because she got to see the crown in its own car! Super exciting!'...
Did you know the Queen has two birthdays? Today marks HRH Queen Elizabeth II's personal birthday, that is when she was born. Her official birthday will be celebrated in June (with big public ceremonies like the Trooping of the Colour).
The Queen is celebrating her 'personal' 96th birthday today at Prince Phillip’s former home, Wood Farm in Sandringham with friends and family and to be closer to the late prince.
Enjoy these beautiful, timeless, and iconic photographs of the Queen through the years. 🇬🇧🎈
Whistlejacket (1762) by George Stubbs is one of the most striking oil paintings in London's @nationalgallery.
The British painter presents the second Marquess of Rockingham's prize racehorse in life-size and rearing on a plain pale gold background.
There is no reference to a rider - no bridle, stable or rider so we are forced to focus on the wild energy of the Arabian stallion, in it's purest form.
When you visit the National Gallery you'll see this picture forms the end of one of their longest 'terminating vistas' that is it can be seen from a great distance through the long 19th century purpose-built gallery....
Enjoy thrifting and don’t know where to go in London? Our intern Molly has compiled a list of some of the best areas and shops to hit when in London. Check out the link in our bio for her “Thrifting in London” blog post!...
This lovely lurcher was spotted today on Brushfield Street.
She is held by 'Maktao', a bronze sculpture by Gillie and Marc as part of a series of 21 life-size publicly displayed pieces called 'the Orphans'. All of the elephants including Maktao are based on real animals who are at risk from ivory poaching and deforestation.
Before leaving for the night, our guest Lilly had to run back to Highclere Castle for one last picture.
The current Highclere Castle was rebuilt in 1679 and purchase by Sir Robert Sawyer. During the first World War Highclere became a hospital to help the wounded soldiers and was run by the 5th Countess of Carnarvon. In World War II, Highclere was used as a home for evacuated children from London.
We are arranging privately chauffeured excursions to Highclere where you and your loved ones can experience this Downton Abbey superstar.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org before it sells out....
The National Gallery was founded in 1824 and is located on the north side of Trafalgar Square near the famous Nelson's Column. It houses over 2,300 paintings from the mid-13th century to the 1900s.
On Friday January 21st at 7.30pm, Charley & Jasmin will be hosting an in person tour of the National Gallery. This hour long tour will reveal the best stories and secrets behind some of it's most iconic works of art. Tickets are £10 each and limited to 15 spots.
Sign up using the link in our bio to make sure you get a spot on this special tour....