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Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Once safely (and royally) ensconced in my accommodations at The Queen's favorite hotel, the Goring, I set off to explore a few of the other more interesting names on the roster of Royal Warrant Holders, that grand coalition of people and companies whose products and services buttress the royal patina "by appointment." At the top of my list was a bit of shopping at Fortnum and Mason, which was just recently graced by the first official joint appearance of Her Majesty The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge (the former Camilla Parker-Bowles) and the Duchess of Cornwall (the former Kate Middleton) all dressed in shades of blue. Does it really get any more royal? Known simply as Fortnum's to regular patrons, this emporium of high delights has supplied the royal household with the finest wares and treats since a royal footman (Fortnum) opened the store with his friend and landlord (Mason) more than three centuries ago in 1707. From truffles, cheese and tea (specially blended of course) to jewelry, perfume...

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London: By Appointment

London: By Appointment

Who says you need a tiara to live like a royal? Sure... royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York, or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles, but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to live like a queen in England's capital city. In fact, all one actually needs is a modicum of desire, a speck of pluck and a few exceptionally well-documented connections. Though many significant arteries may flow from London's thriving core, all roads ultimately lead back to the seemingly inescapably regal force that feeds and energizes the city. From its museums to its street names to its numerous palaces and parks, threads of royalty are woven into nearly every turn one takes in Londontown. So with that notion in mind, I set out to make my last visit to London all about living like a royal, with the first step being to explore that exclusive coterie of persons and companies who...

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