Monday, November 5, 2012

A Delightfully English Afternoon

Nel and Jess are aboard the Queen Mary for tea this afternoon.

This stately ship has a rich history reaching back to 1930 when construction on the ocean liner began in Scotland. Click here to read the full story.

Today, we're excited to view the Princess Diana exhibit on display aboard the ship.

This collection includes evening gowns and dresses worn by the Princess, as well as photographs, assorted trinkets, and many other royal treasures. 

The girls at Red Rose Alley have long been enchanted with lovely Princess Di.

And we felt like royalty ourselves while dining in the Queen Mary Tea Room for our aunt's birthday celebration.

The delightful tea sandwiches included chicken and mango curry, shrimp salad, Alaskan salmon and caviar, and Nel's personal favorite...canary melon and prosciutto.

Our meal also included scones with assorted jellies and sweet Devonshire cream. 

And as if lunch wasn't decadent enough, the dessert menu featured tantalizing treats like petite eclairs, fruit tartlettes, mocha cakes, lemon meringue tarts, and Jess' pick, raspberry chocolate tortes.

After tea, we had some time to explore the ship and take in the magnificent views... 

...and the historic sites.  

Wheel House 

Captain's Quarters

Sir Winston's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
It was a lovely afternoon aboard the Queen Mary, and we can't wait to come back again soon!
~ Nel & Jess ~         


ANNE said...

Beautiful! It's amazing how much style Princess Diana gave those dresses. They do not look nearly as nice on those mannequins as they did on her. She made them beautiful.

Thanks for sharing!

Lavender and Linen said...

The food looks yummy! Thanks for the tour!

Galina Hristova said...

Oh, girls, what caused me?So my favorite things in one place!For the princess?The commentary is superfluous.But for sweets ....have struck my weak spot!Ha-ha.Just incredibly sweet experience for me this is your visit!Hugs!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning ladies! HI SHERI!

I grew up in L.A. and as a child, we would frequent the QA in the summer. I never had a chance to go for the tea party, for my parents were never into that. But what a grand event this would be! HAVE FUN EVERYONE! Anita

Teresa said...

Princess Nel and Princess Jess have Royal Hearts.
I love miniatures don't you? They give an instant classy touch to the meal and table...

All so lovely indeed. Thank you for sharing, YRH.

It's me said...

Delicous high tea !!! it owww Diana so sorry she died....lovely week

Beauty Follower said...

Great pictures.
Yummy tea snacks and sweets! said...

Oh my gosh Nell and Jess..
These goodies are truly fit for a princess and you two had the pleasure to experience that today.
Sweet Diana.. so sad . I was in Switzerland with my daughter the day she died. I remember we cried all day.
Decadent food.. delicious..
How I love the old liners.. never went on the Queen Mary..would have loved to or the Queen Mary ll.
But i have been on many liners.. going to and fro from Africa.. its a fascinating time one spends on them.
thank you for sharing.
val xxx

janice15 said...

How exciting, so wonderful...and lovely that Diana's things are on board... Nice post...thank you for sharing..with love Janice

NanaDiana said...

I am SOOOO jealous. How wonderful that you were able to do that and I would love to see all of Diana's things. My heart still aches for her loss- xo Diana

Mimi said...

I love this post!!!I have been to the Queen Mary...but not in 20 years or they have added some wonderful things I see!!!I went to a traveling Princess Diana exhibit in Orlando about five years ago but the dresses and gowns were different. I would have to go back to that post and see....but pretty certain I do not recall that blue dress...that Black dress is the one she wore to her first Royal engagement and where she bent down to get out of that car????The press was so mean to her.....Or I think they they did not leave her alone...I think Kate is treated better...but I do follow a blog that follows her..but it seems like they stage it then they do not have to bother her.
HAVE a great day

Rustic Vintage Country said...

How very stylish and what yummy treats! Thank you for the tour. Suzy x

miss b said...

This is something I would really enjoy - a wonderful afternoon tea and also the Princess Diana exhibition - seeing those gowns close up and all in a beautiful setting. Those sandwich varieties look so interesting too and all my favourite cakes are there! (What a coincidence - my post this week is afternoon tea too!!)

♥ Miss Tea said...

oh my! how exciting! to board the Queen Mary for tea time! Happy Birthday to your aunt! Loving those yummy and delicious food and lovely Princess Di's exhibition, I love the sign of the Sir Winston's restaurant :)


Anonymous said...

Have long been an admirer of Princess Diana too. Sounds like a lovely time.

Ingeborg van Zuiden said...

What a special visit that must have been indeed! It radiates from the pictures, as if I was there for a moment! Very nice!

...Nina Nixon... said...

What a fabulous place to have tea and all those cakes 'gosh' I do love cake.

Nina x

Cindy Adkins said...

What a fun time! Everything looks so delicious and I would have loved seeing that Princess Diana display also.

Unknown said...

All so lovely. Thank you for sharing!Kisses from Greece!

magie said...

What a fun experience! Thanks for sharing the photos..I enjoyed looking at them. I don't think I could resist those delicious looking desserts..yummy :)
Magie x


What a lovely trip, would like to visit such a boat, and that exhibition is definitely interesting for me too. That rich afternoon tea menu looks so yummi!

Lori said...

Just lovely!!! Every last bit!:)