Christmastime with the Queen

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

London gets in the Christmas spirit, and London isn't afraid to say "Merry Christmas." There’s no “Happy Holidays.” London knows exactly what it and the Queen are celebrating, and it lights up every street with beautiful Christmas lights and window displays.  Every store and restaurant spreads the cheer by setting up Christmas trees, ornaments, and presents everywhere.

Oxford Street and Regent Street are lined with huge nets of Christmas lights.  Covent Garden set up a massive hedge reindeer and Christmas ornaments.  Of course, Carnaby Street, needing to be “different,” has a “Santa in Space” theme this year.

In Trafalgar Square, there is a remarkable lighted Christmas tree gifted to the UK by Norway.  Since 1947, Norway has presented England with this tree for their aid during the Second World War.

Every year the Queen makes an announcement to her kingdom wishing them a merry Christmas and good days in the new year.  This year, the Queen focused on sports in her message (which you can watch here: Queen’s 2010 Christmas Message).  You may notice the Queen’s posh light accent that, at time, almost sounds American.  In my experience, I have rarely run into people who possess an accent so dainty and so well enunciated.  Just listen to little Adrian in the Queen’s message, and you’ll find out for yourself…
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Fran Fran on

The Queen does NOT sound American!! Haha!!

Happy Holidays!

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