Belgravia Residents Summer Party & Royal Ascot

28/06/2013

Two Articles with pics featured below:

Article 1.

Belgravia Residents Association Annual Summer Garden Party 17 June 2013

The Belgravia Residents Association hosted their Annual Summer Garden Party for members and guests at Wilton Crescent Gardens in the heart of Belgravia.  My mother Amita and I were warmly welcomed by committee members - Social Secretary Caroline Haubold, Chairman James Wright and Membership Secretary Helene Oratore.

New Orleans style jazz music was provided by The Dixie Ticklers inside the marquee while guests were offered raspberry flavoured bubbly, wine, Pimms and canapés. An intriguing group of guests dressed in theatrical costumes introduced themselves as The Young Georgians and performed as characters Thomas Cubitt, Sir Hans Sloane and Lady Hamilton.  We felt as though we'd been transported back in time as the talented Georgian Group amused us with tongue n cheek remarks and told us some interesting historical facts about their characters and their connection to Belgravia.

The event sponsored by local Estate Agents Ayrton Wylie was very well attended with local residents, business owners, members of the clergy, school principals, media and guests. Guests won some fab treats in a raffle draw including meals at local Belgravia restaurants, vouchers and a magnum of champagne.

Whilst chatting to party guests on the lawn I felt my kitten heels sinking into the turf and observed other ladies wearing high heels who had the same problem but it was all part of the glamorous garden party fun.

Thanks to James Wright, Sara Oliver, Helene Oratore, Caroline Haubold & all the B.R.A Committee for organising a lovely Belgravia summer soiree.
© Article & photos by Gina Chrysanthou

Poem The B.R.A Garden Party 2013

Deep in Belgravia a garden party took place,
Guests arrived decked in finery and lace.

Enjoyed a summer's evening listening to the Band,
People mingled and chatted with glass in hand.

The Dixie Ticklers soon had guests on their feet,
Their music had rhythm and a very good beat.

From silver trays we picked tasty canapés,
Delicate parcels of steak, fish and patés.

As we strolled around we met the Georgian Group
A company of actors, a charming troupe -

Emma Hamilton, Thomas Cubitt and Hans Sloane
Were they ghosts from the past or modern-day clones!

The Chairman and Committee delivered their speeches
Welcomed guests and a headmistress who even teaches.

An amusing evening under a clear blue sky,
We left the Garden Party bidding friends good-bye.

© By Amita Chatterji

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        Shin            Oliver Gerrish of The Georgian Group

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Sophie Edmonds and Zuleika Parkin

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Caroline Haubold and Amita Chatterji 

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Helene Oratore & Mrs Elphinstone Headmistress Francis Holland 

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                  Charles Oliver

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Clergyman from St Peters Church Eaton Square

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               Nicholas Anscombe

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            Belgravia Residents Association Committee

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B.R.A Chairman James Wright, Helene Oratore & Miss Oratore  

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                                The Young Georgians

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Bepi & Roberta of La Bottega and Gina Chrysanthou of Pukka PR

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                                    The Dixie Ticklers

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Article 2.

Royal Ascot Ladies Day 20 June 2013

This year H.M Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Coronation anniversary of 60 years so it was good to see Her Majesty attending Royal Ascot to enjoy one of favourite past times.
Annually The Queen is usually always accompanied by HRH Prince Philip at Royal Ascot but unfortunately this time he was absent due to him recovering from his recent abdominal surgery.

After seeing The Queen's arrival in the Parade Ring my mum Amita and I proceeded to study the race cards.  We bet on the Queen's horse ‘Estimate' which surprise, surprise won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup race!  The last time a reigning monarch's horse won the Gold Cup race was 207 years ago so it was a triumphant historic win for The Queen who seemed delighted as her son the Duke of York presented her with the gold trophy.  In the meantime, bookies were busy paying out huge sums of money to race goers who'd bet on Estimate, a handsome four-year old filly ridden by jockey Ryan Moore and trained by Sir Michael Stoute. Later on I had another lucky win when the horse I bet on ‘Remote' was first in the Tercentenery Stakes race.

As always, Ladies Day at Royal Ascot was an international fashion fest with hats and outfits grabbing the attention of visitors and media.  A melange of simplistic, eccentric, wacky, stylish and sophisticated ensembles.  We came across The Tootsie Rollers an attractive retro girl band all dressed in matching monochrome vintage style outfits.  Some ladies' hats resembled contemporary art sculptures and one lady in particular looked very awkward wearing a towering creation which she constantly held on to.  The lengths some people go to in order to make a statement is what makes Royal Ascot unique from other British sporting events.

© Article by Gina Chrysanthou Photos by Gina Chrysanthou & Amita Chatterji

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                Her Majesty The Queen & guests 

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Princess Beatrice, Autumn & Peter Phillips, Duke of York 

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                                  Line-up of Jockeys 

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                                The Tootsie Rollers band

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                    Amita Chatterji and Gina Chrysanthou 

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