I that am lost, oh who will find me?
Deep down below the old beech tree.
Help succour me now the east winds blow.
Sixteen by six, brother, and under we go!

16 x 6 = 96

Elizabeth Tower, the new name of the Big Ben clock tower since 2012 (renamed for the Queen’s diamond jubilee) is 96 meters high…

It is listed in Mycroft’s notebook in TLD, presumably as one of Sherlock’s bolt holes or places to be monitored:

Pic pinched from @darlingtonsubstitution

In the Musgrave ritual, the treasure was hidden under the spot. What was hidden under Elizabeth Tower in TEH? A bomb.

Are we being told the same story over and over again? That Sherlock has to save himself (aka England)? Or John? 

‘Your Majesty’ print after a painting by artist Mary Lightbody Gow, which appeared in “The Graphic” in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The painting depicts the moment on 20th June 1837 when Victoria received the news that her uncle, King William IV, had died and she had acceded to the throne. The Queen herself inspected the painting during its creation and suggested corrections to make it as accurate as possible.


Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood and Princess Royal

Basic info

  • Full name was Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary but always referred to as Mary 
  • She was named after her paternal great-grandmother Queen Victoria (who would have preferred that she be christened ‘Diamond’ rather than Victoria, because she was born during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year) her paternal grandmother, Alexandra, Princess of Wales; and her maternal grandmother, Princess Mary of Teck. Since she had the same birthday as her deceased great aunt Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine, the name Alice was added in. She was always known by the last of her Christian names, Mary
  • She was fifth in the line of succession at the time of her birth.
  • She was fluent in German and French

Patronages and charity work

  • During World War I, Princess Mary visited hospitals and welfare organizations with her mother; assisting with projects to give comfort to British servicemen and assistance to their families. One of these projects was Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift Fund, through which £100,000 worth of gifts was sent to all British soldiers and sailors for Christmas, 1914. This initiative was revived in 2005 by the charity uk4u-Thanks!. 
  • She took an active role in promoting the Girl Guide movement, the VADs, and the Land Girls. In June 1918, following an announcement in The Gentlewoman, she began a nursing course at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, working two days a week in the Alexandra Ward
  • She became honorary president of the British Girl Guide Association in 1920, a position she held until her death
  • In 1926, Princess Mary became the commandant-in-chief of the British Red Cross Detachments
  • She was patron of the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival for many years. By the 1940s, Princess Mary was attending the opening nights and many of the festival’s performances, as was her son, George, and his wife, the Countess of Harewood, née Marion Stein, a former concert pianist. George was a noted music critic whose career included the role of artistic director of the Leeds Triennial Musical Festival
  • At the outbreak of World War II, the Princess Royal became chief controller and later controller commandant of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS, renamed the Women’s Royal Army Corps in 1949). In that capacity she travelled Britain visiting its units, as well as wartime canteens and other welfare organisations. On the death of her younger brother, the Duke of Kent, she became the president of Papworth. The Princess Royal became air chief commandant of Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service in 1950 and received the honorary rank of general in the British Army in 1956. Also, in 1949, the 10th Gurkha Rifles were renamed the 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles in her honour.
  • Princess Mary’s public duties reflected her concerns with nursing and Girl Guides movement, and the Women’s Services.

Marriage and children 

  • In the period leading up to her marriage, girls and women in the British Empire called Mary and its variants (including Marie, May and Miriam) banded together to form “The Marys of the Empire,” and donated money toward a wedding present. This fund she presented to the Girl Guides Association for the purchase of Foxlease, and following the exhibition of her wedding presents, she also contributed half the proceeds to the same cause, for upkeep, a total of £10,000, which enabled the project to go ahead 
  • On 28 February 1922, Princess Mary married Viscount Lascelles (9 September 1882 – 23 May 1947), the elder son of the then Earl of Harewood, and Lady Florence Bridgeman, daughter of Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford of Weston Park. Their wedding at Westminster Abbey with the future Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess as one of the bridesmaids. The Princess Mary was 24, Lord Lascelles was 39.

Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles had two sons:

  • George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (7 February 1923 – 11 July 2011)
  • The Honourable Gerald Lascelles (21 August 1924 – 27 February 1998)
  • It was later reported that she did not want to marry Lord Lascelles, that her parents forced her into an arranged marriage, and that Lascelles proposed to her after a wager at his club.
  • Her brother, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, to whom she was very close, was against the marriage because he did not want his sister to marry someone whom she did not love.
  • Her elder son, the Earl of Harewood, however, writes about his parents’ marriage in his memoirs The Tongs and the Bones and challenges these widespread rumours that the marriage was an unhappy one. He says that “they got on well together and had a lot of friends and interests in common”.

Relationship with the Royal Family 

  • The Princess Royal was particularly close to her eldest brother, the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became Edward VIII (who was known as David to his family). After the abdication crisis, she and her husband went to stay with the former Edward VIII, by then created Duke of Windsor, at Enzenfeld Castle near Vienna. Later, in November 1947, she allegedly declined to attend the wedding of her niece, The Princess Elizabeth, to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to protest the fact that the Duke of Windsor had not been invited. She gave ill health as the official reason for her non-attendance. The Duke of Windsor was however invited to the weddings of Princess Margaret and Princess Alexandra of Kent, his nieces, but out of bitterness he refused to attend. 
  • The Princess Royal also made history that same month of March 1965, when she visited her brother, the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) at the London Clinic, where he was recovering from recent eye surgery. The Princess also met her brother’s wife, the Duchess of Windsor (at that time, married to the Duke for more than 28 years), one of the Duchess’ few meetings with her husband’s immediate family up to that time. A few days later, the Queen also visited the Duke of Windsor, and she accepted the presence of the Duchess, who curtsied to her — the first time that a member of the Royal Family had officially received the Duke’s wife.

Later years 

  • After her husband’s death in 1947, the Princess Royal lived at Harewood House with her elder son and his family. She became the chancellor of the University of Leeds in 1951, and continued to carry out official duties at home and abroad. She attended the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 and later represented the Queen at the independence celebrations of Trinidad and Tobago in 1962, and Zambia in 1964. One of her last official engagements was to represent the Queen at the funeral of Queen Louise of Sweden in early March 1965. 
  • On 28 March 1965 the Princess Royal suffered a fatal heart attack during a walk with her elder son, Lord Harewood, and his children in the grounds of the Harewood House estate. She was 67 years old. She was buried at Harewood after a private family funeral at York Minster. 
  • Six British monarchs reigned during Princess Mary’s lifetime: Queen Victoria (her great-grandmother), Edward VII (her grandfather), George V (her father), Edward VIII and George VI (her brothers) and Elizabeth II (her niece).

One of the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe hosted a fundraising dinneron June 8th to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Yet the 900 guests must have been surprised when they entered York Minster in northern England to find the floor of the Cathedral transformed into a lawn. While workers laid down 16,000 square feet of fresh grass that covered the stone floor of the 14th century church, it appears that the job of mowing fell to the priests. (Source)

Royal blue sapphire

As of Monday, the Queen has been on the throne for 65 years. This is known as a blue sapphire anniversary, but it is not one that Her Majesty has chosen to commemorate. Characteristically, she is expected to spend the day attending to her duties as head of state, reading through government papers. 

It is, of course, always a date touched with poignancy, since her accession was also the day of her beloved father’s death. None the less, whereas Queen Victoria also had a Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to reach a blue sapphire milestone.

Unlike five years ago, the country may not be en fête in celebration; but we should spare a moment today to give thanks for the achievement and dedication of our longest-reigning monarch.

Things I learned today:

  • The Royal Navy didn’t get around to discontinuing the practice of issuing sailors a daily ration of grog until 1970.
  • The practice of issuing extra grog rations for exemplary service or special occasions is technically still on the books, because it can only be abolished at the pleasure of the reigning monarch, and Queen Elizabeth II has insisted upon keeping it around.
  • The order for extra grog was last given in 2012, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

There’s something oddly charming about that.

A Disney Movie For Each Day

Today (March 29, 2015) I saw… The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

It was the eve of our beloved Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the year Her Majesty’s government came to the very brink of disaster. She… But I’m getting ahead of myself. My name is Doctor David Q. Dawson, most recently of the Queen’s 66th regiment. I had just returned to London after a lenghty service in Afghanistan, and was looking for a place to stay, preferably dry. Little did I know that my life was about to change forever.  


Favorite Outfits of The Duchess of Cambridge:(10/10)

*The Lace Cream Dress by Alexander McQueen. Catherine wore it twice, once to a service at St. Paul’s to honor The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5th, 2012. She wore it one other time at a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, on June 10th, 2014.*