How do I love thee? – Mary’s favourite poem

Crown Princess Mary’s favourite poem….

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

– by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What’s your favourite poem?

Do you have princess shaped eyebrows?


Grazia Magazine claims they can tell where you live by the shape of your eyebrow:

Londoners are sporting the ‘South Brow’, which has a Royal fan in Kate Middleton. They are still thick like the Scouse but are more natural in tone and shape – think Keira Knightley, for example.

Which eyebrow shape do you like the best?

The only cake the Queen makes recipe

I found a typewritten note in my Grandmother’s recipes.

This is the only cake The Queen makes

The Cake.

  • Soak 1 cup of dates with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Whilst soaking, cream 1 cup of sugar with 2 oz. of butter
  • add 1 egg, beat
  • add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • then 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and half a cup of chopped walnuts.
  • Stir in date mixture and bake in 9″ x 12″ tin for 35 minutes in a moderate oven.

The Icing.

  • 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 5 table spoons of cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Boil for 5 minutes, spread over cake when cake is cool.
  • Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Anyone game to cook it?

The Order of Precedence of the Royal Family to be Observed at Court

Here’s the updated protocol:

  • Queen
  • Queens dowager
  • The Duchess of Cornwall and of Rothesay (the wife of the Sovereign’s eldest son)
  • Wives of the Sovereign’s younger sons
  • The Sovereign’s daughters
  • Wives of the Sovereign’s grandsons
  • The Sovereign’s granddaughters
  • Wives of the sovereign’s brothers
  • The Sovereign’s sisters
  • Wives of the Sovereign’s uncles
  • The Sovereign’s aunts
  • Wives of the Sovereign’s nephews
  • The Sovereign’s nieces
  • Wives of the sovereign’s cousins
  • The Sovereign’s cousins

Kate downgraded: Duchess is told to curtsey to ‘blood princesses’ Beatrice and Eugenie as new protocols push future QUEEN down the royal rankings’

Updated: ““So to sum it up, the only people HRHs curtsy and bow to is the queen.  The only other people – aside from Philip – Kate might curtsy to would be Charles and Camilla.  However, at the river pageant Kate curtsied to the Queen, but hugged Camilla.  She and Charles may have said to Kate ‘thank you for the respect, but it’s not necessary.’  Princess Anne even curtsied to her mother, which was quite unusual, during a lot of the Jubilee events, but nobody’s curstying to each other otherwise.” ABC’s royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter