Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dinner at Kensington Palace


Finally back in London, after being blocked out last month due to the ca-t"ash"-tro-phe, I'm back and enjoying the beautiful spring weather that London is blessing us with this week. We started our visit this time with a couple of really exciting events hosted by an investors' company who is holding a conference here in the city. The first night we were invited to dinner at Kensington Palace, a royal residence which has been inhabited through they years by many monarchs, and more recently by Charles and Diana with their sons.


We were treated to a royal welcome and toured the current exhibit, called The Enchanted Palace.




Passing through some of the royal gardens,


we made our way to the pre-dinner reception


with many delicious options for nibbling.


An elegant dinner was hosted in the nearby Orangery,


an adjacent 18th century structure which served as a greenhouse to hold the citrus trees during the winter. The food and the decor were equally lovely.


The surprise treat of this evening was a performance of Bond, an Australian/British group, which someone in our group compared to a classical string quartet with the style of Dallas cowboy cheerleaders. Definitely a lot of leather, spandex, sequins and stilettos. They are known as the best selling string quartet of all times, with an highly entertaining style.  Their crossover classical/pop sound is very popular, and I quite enjoyed their performance. The men in the group especially appreciated their "musical giftedness." Listen to a bit and let me know what you think!

22 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your journey! Beautiful!

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  2. Smashing! I bet you enjoyed an amazing evening. At least I can picture where you are now. Glad the weather is nice! Have you checked out Anthropologie yet?

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  3. BOnjour Debi,
    Glad you made it back after all the airport problems. And you made it just in time for a wonderful soirée. Thanks for all the photos. How about sending some sunshine over our way, cold and rain for the past two weeks - April was beautiful and sunny!
    Wishing you a good week,
    Mimi

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  4. Yeah! you made it to your Hubby and London...and just in time too. Thank you again! for the fabulous insiders peek to London. I have heard of Bond before and I know i would have enjoyed them in person too. But I can't help see them and imagine the "want ad"/"casting call" for auditions for that group:
    1. must be gorgeous at all times
    2. must be able to swing about long flowing locks as you perform and dance to your music
    3. MUST look good in hot pants
    4. must be able to do all this in stilettos
    5. must play a classical instrument.

    That all being said they look and sound great and it seems like it was such fun. Thank you for inviting us in. Enjoy your stay.

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  5. Great post and I enjoyed the group. Inquiring minds want to know. What did you wear to the palace? Have fun getting ready for your kids living in London.

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  6. What a special treat...did you were a Hat? Love to see the pictures!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! It sounds like you had a wonderful time :) I was at Kensington Palace a few years ago and loved it. We took the tour and saw all of Princess Diana's gowns.

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  8. Wow, you sure do know how to party Debi! That was some soiree. I am a big fan of Bond. Miss A plays the cello and Master A plays the double bass,so when I heard Bond I knew that the kids would like their music too.

    Hope the week has been fabulous and thanks for linking up your song to my Sunday Song post! I hope you will be able to join in again this week???

    Take care and best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  9. what a special evening to make up for your
    long delay! thank you for sharing so many
    fun details with us.

    love the string quartet!

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  10. Next time warn me and I will dress up to read your post! Loved these pictures!

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  11. I am in SHOCK!!!!!!!! You are one lucky girl, and I love hearing all the scoop.

    We really, really, must meet someday. Remember... I'll be in your European neck of the woods in Sept.

    Here's hoping the volcano cooperates with my schedule!!!

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  12. Love reading about your special visits to all these wonderful places. Love the music group...they are very talented. Look forward to reading about the rest of the journeys to come...you are blessed.

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