July 19, 2019
Today, we think of a picnic as a simple al fresco affair, a delicious spread eaten outdoors, preferably in a beautiful landscape.
But its origins are far grander and date back to 14th century England, where the earliest picnics were hugely elaborate medieval hunting feasts with hams, baked meats and pastries, served on long tables by an army of serfs. You will even find one depicted in the famous Bayeux tapestry.
August 14, 2018
By Jane Dismore
‘Outside 145 Piccadilly, their new home, the Royal travellers and their baby Princess were cheered by thousands when they arrived in a closed car, in spite of the continued rain. For a long time after the Royal party had entered the house the cheers continued. A crimson cloth was placed on the balcony; Baby was held up to the crowd, who went frantic with excitement.’ (Western Morning News, 28 June 1927)