Forfar celebrated its first visit from an eponymous Earl in more than 300 years on a historic day for the Angus town. Prince Edward received the ancient title of the Earl of Forfar as a 55th birthday present from the Queen in March and locals turned out in force to welcome their royal guest when he and his wife Sophie came to call on Monday. The couple sampled the famous Forfar bridie and received gifts, including a fiddle tune composed in their honour and a specially-designed tartan, on what the Earl said had been a “splendid” welcome to the town.
The Queen thanked veterans and hailed the resilience of “the wartime generation” as world leaders honoured those who fought in the D-Day landings. More than 300 veterans joined leaders representing the Allied nations involved in Operation Overlord at the Portsmouth event marking 75 years since D-Day. Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump were among those at the national commemorative ceremony.
The aerobatic display team have been granted formal approval to perform for audiences, known as Public Display Authority (PDA), to mark the official start of the Red Arrows’ 55th display season.
'Garland Day' Celebration, Castleton, Derbyshire. The first records of Garland day date back to the 1700's and though it's true origins are not fully understood it is believed to be an ancient fertility rite with Celtic connections. The celebration also incorporates more recent elements of 'Oak Apple Day' which falls on May 29th, and celebrates the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The garland is a framework of cut flowers which is prepared on the day by villagers before being placed on the head of the 'King', and paraded around the town on horseback with his 'Consort', also on horseback, dressed in Stuart costume.
The three-day family-friendly event features drag queen autograph signings, discussion panels, performances, vendors and drag queen makeovers. Drag culture is reaching a more mainstream audience with 100,000 people attending the LA and New York DragCons last year and spending $8 million on merchandise.
It’s that time of year when the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest builds to a Saturday night Grand Final with a global audience of 200 million viewers to watch the British entry get humiliated.
The opening film of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival is a Jim Jarmusch directed horror flick, ‘The Dead Don’t Die’, with Bill Murray pitching his wits against a zombie hoarde, with Tilda Swinton as a blade wielding Glaswegian. What more could you ask for ?
St Patrick’s Thursday added a little touch of the green, white and gold, a dash of royalty and a sprinkling of celebrity at the Cheltenham Festival. With at least one racegoer on hand to urge punters to gamble responsibly.
The Queen used her Commonwealth Day message to praise how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens.
It’s one hundred years since Woodrow Wilson set up the Grand Canyon as a national park. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet). Attracting around six million visitors each year.