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Discover Britain June/July 2021

Celebrating the best of our nation, every issue of Discover Britain is packed with features from history to travel. Read about the events that changed history, as well as British traditions and their origins, or be inspired for your next trip with great ideas for where to go and what to see. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or an escape to the countryside, Discover Britain is your essential guide to getting the most out of your stay.

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Chelsea Magazine
6 Issues

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The creation of this issue of Discover Britain was, of course, overshadowed by the sad news of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His state funeral was watched by millions around the world, as he was finally laid to rest at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Over the years, the Greece-born Duke of Edinburgh has come to embody something of the British spirit. He was smart, stylish and a little eccentric, an avid writer and art collector, a devoted husband and father, a veteran of the Second World War, and a stoic presence at 22,000 public engagements where he was nevertheless prone to gaffes. He was a character, yet one who knew his part to play. When we decided to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh (p48),…

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Refreshing portraits A round of applause to your My Britain photographer, Gareth Iwan Jones. In his portrait of the coastguard rescue [Issue 220], the photograph was so crisp and fresh. I opened the pages and it felt as if the sea might be spraying on my face! It also reminded me of happy summers on the Dorset coast as a child. Thank you. Maude Vickersley, Toronto, Canada It’s all relative I always look forward to receiving the latest issue of Discover Britain. [Issue 220] was of an extra interest. The “Garden of Plenty” feature on Covent Garden mentions William Cecil, the 1st Baron of Burghley, who happens to be my 15th great Brandie Oppenheimer, Sherwood, Arkansas, USA Stone cold confused I have travelled to Great Britain many times and, of course, have visited Chatsworth but not…

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wish you were here...

WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE Poignant moment as the Queen mourns the loss of her husband of 73 years The state funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was, by royal standards, a relatively modest affair – at his prior request. Taking place on 17 April, eight days after his death aged 99, the funeral saw his coffin receive a Royal Salute as it left Windsor Castle. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the day came just prior to the service when photographers captured the Queen briefly sat alone in St George’s Chapel. An iconic figure across the globe, in that moment she was simply a wife grieving her husband of 73 years. The Dean of Windsor then conducted a 50-minute funeral service before the coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault and the Archbishop…

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romance county of

It is natural for a writer to want to capture a particular feeling or atmosphere, yet John Keats went one further when he arrived in Winchester one late summer’s day. “There is on one side of the city,” the young Romantic poet noted in a letter to his publisher, “a dry chalky down, where the air is worth sixpence a pint.” While Keats stopped short of trying to bottle the freshness that he experienced on that walk through Hampshire’s cathedral city, he nevertheless felt suitably inspired by his new surroundings to write several of his most celebrated poems during a two-month stay here. To Autumn was one such piece, which famously opened in the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” while paying close attention later to the barred clouds of a “soft-dying…

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in between iasland

In the Channel Islands, Her Majesty the Queen is known as The Duke of Normandy Idiosyncrasies abound in Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands, which lies roughly 75 miles south of the English coast and yet only 30 miles west of Normandy, France. Embarking from the mini Aurigny plane that carries you from sprawling metropolitan London to this small 25-square-mile island in just one hour, you may not be able to put your finger on all those oddities right away. Perhaps you’ll pass a post box, identical to those found in the UK – apart from the fact that they’re bright blue, rather than red. It may take a little longer for you to notice that there are no pylons or telegraph poles in sight (since 2012, all electric cables…

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island hopping

Alderney There are puffins, gannets and other seabirds galore here. If you’re really lucky, you might also see the rare blonde hedgehog, a species introduced in the 1960s. Don’t miss the Alderney Railway, the only one in the whole of the Channel Islands. Trains are reclaimed London Underground carriages. Sark Travel back in time on Sark, where a horse-drawn carriage ride is the order of the day. This tiny island remains one of the only places in the world where cars aren’t allowed on roads. Utter peace and quiet suits other species too; Sark is home to the largest colony of guillemots in the whole of the Channel Islands – and just 500 human residents. Herm The smallest of the three islands, covering less than a square mile, Herm is truly unspoilt. Shell Beach is…