The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen's beloved husband and father of her four children, has died at the age of 99. From the official statement from Buckingham Palace: It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at … [Read more...] about The Duke of Edinburgh Has Died at the age of 99 – 1921-2021
Here are 10 photos from the life and times of the Duke of Edinburgh. The dashing Prince Philip of Greece married the young Princess Elizabeth and went on to serve for decades as consort to the Queen. Central to royal life since the 1940s, he was a father, a sportsman, a royal companion, and a key public figure. Tall, athletic Prince Philip of Greece, a month before his … [Read more...] about Prince Philip: A Life in Pictures
The Duke of Edinburgh has always been an interesting figure. He was not actually British, born in Greece as a member of the Greek royal family, but became the epitome of 'Britishness' to the rest of the world in his role as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain was his adopted country, and he served it his entire life - first in the Royal Navy during World War II, then as … [Read more...] about Duke of Edinburgh: A look at his life – No-nonsense prince was Queen’s ‘strength and stay’ – Obituary – Long-read
The Duke of Edinburgh has died. What happens next? There will be no lying in state and no state funeral for Philip, in accordance with his wishes. His ceremonial royal funeral and burial are expected to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at … [Read more...] about Death of the Duke of Edinburgh – What happens now? Funeral Details Revealed
Members of the public have been urged not to leave floral tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh at royal residences to prevent crowds from forming during the pandemic. The royal family has asked people to consider making a donation to charity; instead, Buckingham Palace said on Twitter. An online book of condolence has been opened up on the official royal.uk website here. The new … [Read more...] about Duke of Edinburgh: Palace Urges Public not to leave flowers for Philip and donate to charity instead, online book of condolence opened
Jane Austen certainly ranks amongst the best Regency Period authors, if not the best authors in English Literature. While most of her works were published anonymously at a time when women could not sign contracts (much less achieve notoriety from their works), Austen achieved much of her fame after her death in 1817. Her novels from Sense and Sensibility to Persuasion offer a … [Read more...] about Places to Visit in Britain for Jane Austen Fans
I’ve now lost count of how many months and years it has been since I was able to walk through my favorite garden at Stourhead in Wiltshire. Spring is the best time to visit Stourhead; it’s when you can see the place in full glory as an English Arcadian ideal of the perfect garden landscape. Everything is in bloom. The place is buzzing with visitors. The house is usually opening … [Read more...] about Let’s Go For a Spring Walk Around Stourhead House and Gardens
The end is in sight. The COVID-19 vaccine is rolling out and with the US government promising that there will be enough doses for every American by this May, it’s finally time that we can all start to think about travel to Britain again. To be clear, you cannot travel there right now, and should not. Britain is still technically in a lock-down situation right now. Tourism is … [Read more...] about Getting Britain Ready for Post-Covid Travel to the United Kingdom
Over a decade ago, we published a guidebook called 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips, and it was a good seller for us. But at that time, we knew a lot less about publishing book and in the years after, the book became woefully out of date. So, we withdrew it from sale last year with the intention of rewriting it. Life got in the way, but I finally rewrote the thing over the last … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: Introducing the Shiny New 2nd Edition of 101 Budget Britain Travel Tips!
By an extraordinary twist of fate, a few minutes after my article speculating on the nature of the Live At Worthy Farm event the Eavis Family was teasing got published, I found news on the NME newsfeed that explained exactly what it was: its own livestreamed concerts entirely separate from the concerts they were teasing for September. The festival took to Twitter to unveil … [Read more...] about Live at Worthy Farm livestream unveiled!
Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Neil Matthews and his wife Helen, authors of Slow Travel: The Chilterns and the Thames Valley. Less than an hour north-west of London, adjacent to the Thames, lies the Chilterns. This little-known region is unlike anywhere else in England and yet quintessentially English, too. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Slow Chilterns – Exploring The Chilterns
So, the Glastonbury Festival has been canceled two years in a row due to the pandemic. But, fortunately, it looks like things might be clearing up enough for a smaller concert in September. A while back, the festival submitted an application to the Mendip District Council to hold a two-day event in September with live music and alcohol sold between 2 and 11 pm on the same two … [Read more...] about Live at Worthy Farm: The Eavises to hold a concert in September
We really can’t get enough of trees. From enjoying their majestic green splendor to the enriching oxygen they provide, trees offer us much and should be a part of any garden. Of course, for the Anglophile, if you want to recreate the majestic splendor of English gardens at your own home, you’ll want to consider an English tree or two. There are plenty of these trees that … [Read more...] about Top 10 English Trees for Your Garden
It’s now one week since we launched the Save Anglotopia Appeal to pre-sell our next three books in order to raise the funds needed for a legal settlement. Anglotopia fans answered in droves, and I’m happy to report that as of today, we have raised enough to cover the settlement and the lawyer costs in dealing with the case. Anglotopia is now safe and not going anywhere. We will … [Read more...] about Save Anglotopia Appeal Update – Now Accepting PayPal – THANK YOU ALL! Plus Update on the Books!
March 23 marked one year since the United Kingdom went into lockdown or restricted movement. We’ve seen a lot of changes, and I’m not just talking about waistlines and alcohol consumption. They say language changes slowly, but the past twelve months have seen some fairly rapid developments here. Today’s commonplace words or phrases would have stumped most of us in January … [Read more...] about A Brit Back Home: Lockdown Lingo – This Year’s New Words & Phrases in the UK
Certainly the greatest fictional detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes first appeared in the story “A Study in Scarlet” in The Strand Magazine in 1887. The creation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appeared over fifty-six short stories and four novels (not counting works by other authors). Of course, while Holmes himself was fictional, many of the places he visited were quite … [Read more...] about Places to Visit in Britain for Sherlock Holmes Fans
Hello, Good Evening, and, if things go well, you might not need to remain indoors for much longer. As you know, it's been a year since the COVID pandemic hit the world hard. The world (particularly the UK) has been in and out of lockdowns for about a year, but it looks like, with the COVID vaccines, things might be getting back to normal pretty soon. But it's going to be slow, … [Read more...] about UK music industry dipping a toe back into normalcy
Wow! We don’t know what to say! Earlier this week, we issued a call out for help and Anglotopia readers answered it. Thank you is not a big enough word to convey our gratitude! Anglotopia truly does have the most supportive and dedicated fans, and we are so grateful for each and every one of you. As of today we 96% of the way to reaching our goal to pay our legal settlement … [Read more...] about Save Anglotopia Appeal Update!
Anglotopia needs your help with an important legal matter. I’ll be as transparent as I can here in sharing this important business update, Anglotopia barely survived the pandemic year. It’s been a challenging year for everyone but especially for businesses in the travel vertical like us. We tightened our belts, cut costs where we could, and kept things going on a shoestring, … [Read more...] about IMPORTANT SITE NEWS: Please Help Save Anglotopia from Closure – Anglotopia Needs You!
We’ve looked at cities so far in my Anglotopia magazine articles so this time I wanted to show you something more of the country. East Anglia is the bit that sticks out on the east of England and at the top is Norfolk. I managed to combine a city break with a seaside stay too, which makes it a perfect summer destination. When you live on an island – Great British has thousands … [Read more...] about Exploring Norfolk: Your Guide to This Seaside County – Norwich, Cromer, and more!
England’s gardens are some of the best-known in the world. From naturally growing green spaces to the crafted landscape gardens of Capability Brown, you’ll find many different types of beautiful flora throughout the country. Of course, just because it’s over there doesn’t mean you can’t bring some of it here. Plenty of flowers in England’s gardens do quite well in the United … [Read more...] about Ten English Flowers to Make Your Garden a Little More English
Some people say "Imagine" is the best thing John Lennon did as a solo artist. Some people are wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cESBPmpcbCY John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band was his first proper solo album (the three experimental albums he recorded with Yoko tend to not count) and it's nothing less than one of the greatest artists laying his soul bare. In the months between … [Read more...] about John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band to be given Deluxe Edition release
Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from my book Adventures in Anglotopia, recently released in paperback. Details on where to buy at the bottom. This is one of my favorite chapters! The small town in Indiana where I live, LaPorte, was founded in 1832. Where I come from, that qualifies as old. My favorite town in England, Shaftesbury, doesn’t have a firm founding date. It’s … [Read more...] about Adventures in Anglotopia: Book Excerpt – The Age of Things (in Britain)
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I'm highlighting one of my favorite Irish-American pubs, Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend, Indiana. As a Celtic pub, Fiddler’s also celebrates the food, drink, and cultures of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, and Galicia, which adds to the fun. I’ve visited dozens of Irish pubs across America over the years, and Fiddler’s … [Read more...] about Eating Irish in America: Fiddler’s Hearth, South Bend’s Salute to the Celtic Nations
“Whenever the history books are kept, they’ll call him the phony King of England.” So goes the lyrics for “Phony King of England” from Disney’s animated Robin Hood film. Most of what people know today about King John of England comes either from the legends of Robin Hood or John’s barons forcing him to sign the Magna Carta. Of course, thou fiction has been less than kind to … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts about King John