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God Save the Queen Cocktail

The Olympics are almost here! Now that you've honored the U.S. with the Star-Spangled Banner Cocktail, it's time to honor the 2012 Olympic Games host city: London. The "God Save the Queen" cocktail is served at New York City's Stone Rose Lounge, Whiskey Park, Living Room, and the Whiskey Blue at the W Los Angeles. All hail Big Ben, the queen, and our games host.


  • 1 1/2 Ounce Hendrick's gin
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 3/4 Ounces simple syrup
  • celery bitters

The Best Spots to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

All eyes will be focused across the pond on May 19th when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say their royal vows. Festivities kick off in the wee hours, but that’s not deterring a few wedding-loving stateside spots from getting into the spirit with tea, British fare and a few creative ways to toast the newest royal couple.

Washington, D.C.: Royal Wedding PUB

Drink Company is known for its elaborate pop-ups — themed for Game of Thrones, the annual cherry blossom festival and Christmas, to name a few — and they are pulling out all of the stops for this one. The Royal Wedding PUB is open through May 20th, decked out with all of the royal touches: The interior is a replica of St. George’s Chapel complete with faux stained glass windows and copies of the heraldic flags. The bar mixes 11 appropriately themed cocktails like the When Harry Met Meghan (pictured above), an ode to the prince with Scotch, banana and ginger, and the God Save the Queen, a classic martini served with a souvenir crown. Arrive early on the 19th to watch it all go down, and you could win a replica of the wedding cake created by the chef at the British Embassy in D.C. All proceeds go to the Invictus Games Foundation, which the prince actively supports. Don’t forget to send your well wishes via a special mailbox that will deliver to Kensington Palace, or to pose with cut-outs of the royals.

New York City: The Palm Court

Those who followed Meghan Markle before she became the duchess-to-be know that her Suits character, Rachel Zane, always dreamed of getting married at the Plaza. So it’s only natural that the storied hotel would host an extravaganza in honor of Markle (and Zane) for the royal wedding. On May 19th, the Plaza’s restaurant will stream the wedding during an over-the-top Royal brunch ($150 per person) featuring Krug champagne, mimosas, bellinis and British-inspired dishes, including black pudding, rashers, lemon and ginger tea cakes and earl grey tea butter biscuits. There will be music, surprise guests and a toast to the bridge and groom. Those who arrive later in the day can enjoy an equally decadent Royal Tea. Fascinators and wedding-worthy attire are encouraged.

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The mill Pilsner. Nice light, grassy lager. Slightly different from normal lagers.


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On the Block: Anarchy and Nostalgia

CBGB’s sticker-encrusted urinal is already museum-worthy, and on Monday more detritus from the era of the Ramones and the Clash hurtled its way into high culture, when Christie’s hosted its first auction devoted to punk memorabilia.

Vivienne Westwood bondage pants, photographs of Lou Reed and Blondie, badges for the Buzzcocks and concert fliers from clubs like Max’s Kansas City went up for bid at the decidedly nonpunk hour of 10 a.m. Estimates were as high as $1,500 for an original “God Save the Queen” Sex Pistols T-shirt and $7,000 for an autographed Ramones test album from 1976.

“We’ve sold punk material before — a T-shirt here, a poster there,” said Simeon Lipman, the head of Christie’s pop culture department, at a preview the day before the sale. “This time around I wanted to explore the punk aesthetic. I love the music, and the memorabilia itself is very, very scarce. It has such a wonderful look to it. It’s very visceral.”

That’s certainly one way to describe a used hard-core T-shirt. The timing was fortunate: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex opened on Tuesday in SoHo, with an exhibition about the Clash and with the CBGB urinal under plexiglass. But with the economy crashing, would anyone really pay thousands of dollars for Black Flag fliers? Mr. Lipman thought so.

“A lot of this material is not investment-potential driven,” he said. “For people in their 30s and 40s, these were their heroes and antiheroes. People have an emotional response to it because they were there, or they wish they were there. Or because they think, ‘That would look great in my living room.’ That sometimes bucks trends.”

The three-day preview last weekend drew fans who did not blanch at the prices. “I think it’s pretty reasonable,” said Derek Jones, 39, a producer who has managed Ari Up of the Slits, and worked with punk acts like Bad Brains and Dropkick Murphys. “It’s definitely a landmark part of the underground music scene. One day my stuff may be put up here for auction.”

Dressed in a black bomber jacket and camouflage pants, Mr. Jones, who goes by Derek TC NYSR professionally, came with his friend Bruce Alexander, who chronicles the music scene for a doubly retrograde publication, the punk newspaper New York Waste. Like emissaries from the pre-sushi-era St. Marks Place, they toured the exhibition for nearly two hours, telling war stories and discussing omissions.

“H. R. would do a backflip if he saw this,” Mr. Jones said, referring to the Bad Brains singer Human Rights, whose work was represented by a T-shirt. “A lot of people in the old-school punk scene aren’t here. They should see it and study it. The legacy is very important.”

Mr. Alexander, 47, groused that the New York Dolls were under-represented. Still, he said, sounding a bit surprised: “Punk has finally made it into acceptability. It’s just as important as Elvis and the Beatles.”

Karen Sheinheit, 43, came just to genuflect — “This is like a museum of the stuff I grew up on,” she said — but wound up bidding on some Patti Smith memorabilia. As younger Christie’s employees danced to the era-appropriate soundtrack put together by Mr. Lipman’s wife, Ashley Hawkins, Ms. Sheinheit snapped photos and recalled her time in New York’s scuzzier clubs.

“The people who hung out at CBGB can’t afford to buy this stuff at Christie’s,” she said. “And neither can I, really.”

Ah, not so fast: maybe the Man isn’t ready for punk quite yet.

Only two dozen or so people turned up for the sale on Monday, about four of them in suits. Even with the addition of Internet and phone sales, bidding was not fierce, and few lots sold for more than their estimate many sold for less. A collection of Velvet Underground postcards, fliers and a psychedelic handbill from the Canadian club Retinal Circus, estimated at $400 to $600, sold for $100. A set of three photos of Mr. Reed went for just $50 same with a yellow flier for a 1973 Los Angeles show billed as a “Punk Rock Invasion.”

Among the top items was an autographed cheesecake poster of Debbie Harry, the Blondie singer, inscribed with the lyrics to “One Way or Another.” Its high estimate was $1,500, but it sold for $7,000. A group of Sex Pistols posters — including “Anarchy in the U.K.,” “God Save the Queen” and “Pretty Vacant” — also sold for that amount. But the “God Save the Queen” T-shirt fetched only $300.

By contrast, a sale of more traditional rock mementos later in the afternoon was more successful: three Jimi Hendrix tapes and handwritten notes that became the basis for the album “Electric Ladyland” sold for $38,000. Even the stuff that an eBay hound could probably uncover, like a collection of vintage concert T-shirts, many of them stained, for the likes of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, went above estimate, $2,800 instead of $2,000.

But even without frantic energy, the punk sale was still a good show. Introducing an original Vivienne Westwood/Malcolm McLaren T-shirt with an unprintable insult about your mother, the auctioneer, Tom Lecky, said: “I think that’s the first time I’ve said this up here. In fact I’m sure it is.” The shirt was estimated at $1,000 to $1,500 but, laughs notwithstanding, sold for just $250 ditto the buckled bondage pants.

And Mr. Lipman’s prediction that the punk buyers would be driven by nostalgia rather than the market turned out to be true. Michael Waldman, 49, a real estate developer, bought a photo of David Bowie and Mick Ronson (“because he’s my favorite guitarist”), some Patti Smith poetry and several Clash posters ($2,200).

“I graduated high school in 1977, and I’m a huge Clash fan,” Mr. Waldman said. He came for one poster in particular — bright yellow with a red star, advertising the Clash’s “only American performance” at the Bond International Casino on West 45th Street in 1981 — because he had been there and bought that poster. “Mine, the yellow is all faded,” he said.

Mr. Alexander, the punk chronicler, who planned to cover the auction if he woke up in time, was a no-show, but Scott Wittman, the Tony- and Grammy-winning composer and lyricist for “Hairspray,” was in the crowd. He won several Sex Pistols posters.

“I lived through it, and now I can afford it,” said Mr. Wittman, who like many of the buyers viewed the sale as not just music history but also New York City history.

“I look at it as revisiting my youth,” he added. “I ran into John Varvatos,” the designer whose pricey boutique now occupies the former CBGB space on the Bowery, “and I said, ‘I used to throw up in that corner.’ It brings a tear to my eye.”

Celebrate the royal wedding while eating shortbread cookies that are perfectly on theme. Walkers is selling a limited edition Royal Wedding Tin full of Union Jack shortbread cookies that come in a tin that features a photo of Harry and Meghan. Adorable and delicious!

Enjoy a mini version of the royal wedding cake flavors with a Sprinkles Royal Wedding cupcake. These limited edition cupcakes are made of lemon blueberry cake and St. Germain Elderflower, and they’re topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting, as well as a mini edible flower bouquet topping.

Coworth Park, Ascot

Just a short journey from Windsor, this five-star property is putting on an afternoon tea throughout May. With ingredients from the finest British suppliers, the tea includes finger sandwiches (the roast beef is sourced from Windsor Estate), traditional scones and pastries (including, of course, a lemon and elderflower drizzle cake). An Earl Grey tea mousse with apricot and vanilla will be served as a nod to the Queen’s favourite brew, and each guest will be furnished with a glass of Windsor Estate sparkling wine.

Blacknest Rd, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 7SE until 28th May

Time to ditch God Save The Queen

I 'm not a great fan of nationalism, but it was great seeing our winning athletes on the Olympic podium. I was proud of their achievements. The only sour note came when the British national anthem was played. God Save the Queen! I winced with embarrassment. Our national song is a national shame – as you can see if you read the full lyrics:

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

God Save the Queen is not about the British people and our magnificent achievements in the fields of science, arts and humanitarianism. There are no noble ideals like liberty and equality. Our anthem is all about slavish deference and idolatry – the veneration of aristocratic privilege, inherited status and monarchical rule. It promotes jingoism, war, imperial conquest and the British people's subservience to God and royalty.

Some older versions praise the crushing of the Scots. Not nice at all:

Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
May by thy mighty aid,
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush
And like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush,
God save the King.

To sing the national anthem with sincerity involves a belief in the existence of God and an acceptance that God is willing to save the Queen and the nation. It also prioritises saving the Queen over and above saving everyone else.

Many British people do not, of course, share this religious superstition and fawning adulation of royalty. For them, the sentiments of the national anthem have no relevance. To put it bluntly: the words of God Save the Queen are out of step with modern, democratic, secular Britain.

Recognising some of these flaws, even in the 19th century there were several attempted rewrites of the more militaristic parts, to delete such lines as "Scatter her enemies, and make them fall". Some versions substituted loyalty to parliament and the rule of law, and toned down the God references. The best of these versions is undoubtedly William Hickson's alternative of 1836, which, although it maintains an appeal to divine intervention, at least exalts more noble ideals than the elitism of monarchy and the gore of imperial bloodlust:

May peace her power extend,
Foe be transformed to friend,
And Britain's rights depend
On war no more …

May just and righteous laws
Uphold the public cause,
And bless our isle:

Home of the brave and free,
Thou land of liberty …

From shore to shore:
Lord make the nations see
That men should brothers be,
And form one family
The wide world o'er

In 1919, following the first world war, the official "peace version" of God Save the Queen was approved by the privy council, but it never gained popular currency and is now largely forgotten.

If we accept there is a problem with the current lyrics and decide to ditch God Save the Queen, what would we replace it with? Is there some other song that would make a more fitting national anthem?

On certain sports occasions, alternatives have been used, including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and I Vow to Thee, My Country.

But all these songs are also problematic, mostly because of their religious overtones, which don't sit well with a multicultural, often unbelieving, nation.

So what, if any, song would you propose as a new national anthem? Let's have your suggestions – serious, witty or irreverent. If you don't think any existing composition is worthy, who do you think should be commissioned to write a new national anthem? What ideas or values should it embody?

Some of the lyrics to the UK national anthem God Save the Queen may change to make them less offensive in Scotland, a government adviser says.

The sixth verse of the song urges God to help 17th Century commander Marshal Wade " crush " the " rebellious Scots".

Ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, who is advising Gordon Brown on citizenship, said a "number of people" had raised concerns over the lyrics.

People had to look at "different ways of saying" what links the UK, he added.

The little-known and even less-sung sixth verse of God Save the Queen implores God to come to the aid of Marshal George Wade, who was sent to quell rebellious Scottish highlanders in the wake of the Jacobite rising of 1715.

Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring.
May he sedition hush ,
And like a torrent rush ,
Rebellious Scots to crush.
God save the Queen!

Lord Goldsmith, who stepped down as attorney general when Tony Blair left Downing Street in June, is conducting a review on the future of Britishness and citizenship.

He told BBC Two's The Daily Politics: "Quite a number of people have raised the issue of the national anthem in a number of ways.

"I think the national anthem is an important part of our national tradition."

He added: "But the review is about different ways of sharing our tradition and national identity.
"What we have to look at is different ways of saying what it is that links the country together."

Lord Goldsmith said he had not yet decided whether to recommend altering the sixth verse of the national anthem.

How to Throw a Jubilee Party

Wise words indeed Maɺm. But luckily, throwing a Jubilee party requires little in the way of proper training. From street parties to small dos, we've worked out the simplest way to have a right royal knees-up, Diamond Jubilee-style. Here's how to keep calm, and party on.


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The decor Of course you have to bring out the bunting, which - like the Queen herself - has never been cooler. If you're going to buy, weɽ recommend this bunting by Brit artist Rob Ryan (£25, John Lewis). The cheery print means it can be used again long after the Diamond Jubilee ends.

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Alternatively, try Easy Living's own Easiest Ever Bunting. Here's what you need:

You can use whatever themed postcards you like, from Union Jack flags to the Queen (we like this box of Cecil Beaton-snapped note cards from the V&A gift shop) or even vintage seaside postcards. Simply clip them to the string using the wooden clothes pegs (again, you can get super crafty by painting them, or buying already designed clothes pegs) and hang. Simple! Get inspired with our jubilee recipes

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The foodThe trend for dessert tables started with weddings, but it's now de rigueur for any kind of party. Simply ask the baking-inclined of your friends to bring a dessert to share. Ensure that it's presented on a suitably stylish plate or cake stand, and keep in mind that a selection of dishes at various heights looks particularly stunning. Cover a designated table with a pretty tablecloth or runner, and use folded note cards to write down the name of each cake. Need a cake recipe? Start here. You also want a selection of easy-to-prepare party food (again, ask friends to bring a dish to share).


For food ideas, check out our collection of Jublilee recipes and British recipes. Here's our pick of the best:

SIP PRETTY WITH THESE EASY COCKTAIL RECIPES The drinksOne word: punch. It's the perfect drink for a Jubilee or street party, as a punch can be made in advance of your guests arriving, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the party yourself. One will be amused! And fear not. While punches were once was the preserve of children's birthdays (or parties circa 1970), the drink is in favour again thanks to cutting-edge cocktail establishments like HIX in London reviving the classic drink.

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A proper punch bowl will come in handy (we like this one from LSA, £65 at Heal's), but any deep bowl will do and eBay has a great selection of vintage silver punch bowls. Charity and vintage shops are also an easy place to find extra glassware, or serve your punch in mix-and-match vintage tea cups. As an alternative to a punch bowl or jug, you could even pour your punch from a teapot (try the God Save The Queen Ceramic Teapot, £19.99 at Dwell). Nick Strangeway, internationally renowned cocktail maker and creator of the bar menu at HIX has created his own punch for the occasion, the Warranted Diamond Jubilee Punch, which uses ingredients which have a Royal Warrant or association, including Beefeater London Dry Gin. Here's our top five punch picks:

A large ice block is a must for punches. To make your own, the experts at Beefeater London Dry Gin recommend you fill a clean, empty juice carton three-quarters full with water and freeze. When frozen, carefully cut the carton away from the ice. Voila! If you're having a smaller gathering, individual cocktails are an option. Here's our Diamond Jubilee-inspired favourites, all featuring Britain's most famous spirit, gin:

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

This month, F&M’s famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon will be transforming its traditional afternoon tea into ‘A Right Royal Celebration Tea’. Canapés have been created with Harry and Meghan in mind: think classic cucumber topped with all-American lobster, served with armagnac cream cheese and a dollop of caviar. The pièce de résistance sits proudly on the top tier: a lemon and elderflower mini celebration cake will be topped with an H and an M, and ribboned with a commemorative design.

Watch the video: God Save The Queen - National Anthem of the United Kingdom


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