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A rare Chinese vase kept in the kitchen sold for 1.8 million at auction

A precious Chinese vase dating from Qianlong era (18th century) was sold for nearly USD 1.8 million at Dreweatts Auction.

The seller was a son of a surgeon who stated that his father bought this Chinese Vase in 1980s for just a few hundred pounds. The seller then inherited this vase from his father and kept it in his kitchen. He did not realize its value until it was discovered by an expert.

The Chinese Vise was a porcelain blue artifact in two feet height. It was crafted using innovative heating techniques to gild its blue, gold and silver coloring. It was made during the reign of Qianlong Emperor – the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty.

The result of high sale prices shows the high demand for the finest antique porcelain in the world.

Images source: https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8176/drewea1-10298

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Thousands of UK “Fish-and-Chips” shops would be closed in a year. Here is the reason.

Fish-and-chips shops in the United Kingdom are under a great pressure as the key ingredients – cods and sunflower oil keep soaring because of the war in Ukraine.

Nearly third of the fish-and-chips restaurants will be expected to be closed in the next few months. The prices of the main ingredients started rising at the end of 2021. And the costs go even further upward when Russia invaded Ukraine. It’s because nearly 40% of the industry’s cod and haddock come from Russian waters and 50% of its sunflower oil imported from Ukraine.

Business owners are struggling with higher costs as supply chain have been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. The shops owners cannot make enough margins to survive. It’s too difficult for the shops to raise prices as customers expect the fish and chips to be in a reasonable price.

Business owners also fear that the UK government will impose harsh import tariffs on Russian products. It will push Business to stock up on alternatives and make business in UK become more difficult.

Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/fried-food-with-two-cup-of-drinks-on-table-2053891/

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Prince Charles delivered Queen’s speech for the first time

The 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth missed her grand set-piece event for the first time in almost 6 decades. Britain’s heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and Prince William took the center stage at the opening of parliament and read out the government ‘s legislation agenda on Tuesday (10 May). And it made Prince Charles delivered Queen’s speech for the first time in the State Opening of Parliament.

The State Opening of Parliament is an event which people see the queen travelling to the assembly in a State Coach, escorted by soldiers in uniform traditionally.

The Queen’s health becomes the focus in worldwide again. She missed a number of public engagements since she was hospitalized for a night last year in October.



Image source:https://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/220510123808-02-queens-speech-luke-exlarge-169.jpg

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Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen is 96 on April 21, 2022

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II

Let me share you something interesting about the Queen’s birthday: The Queen has two birthdays!

Why does she have two birthdays?

Her real birthday: on 21 April 1926.

Her second birthday: on the second Saturday of June. (The official celebration)

The Queen usually spends her actual birthday with her family and celebration with the public in June.

There is a reason behind. Official celebration to mark a King or Queen’s birthday in the UK royal monarchy have been held on a day that isn’t their real birthday in the past. 

The tradition started with the Queen’s great-grandfather, King Edward VII. He was born in November which is not known in the UK for its good weather. However, King Edward VII would like to have a big public celebration and he understood the November wasn’t a good time to do it. And he decided to combine his birthday celebration with an annual military parade in the summer when the Weather would be nice.

The Queen has had a heartbreaking year in 2021. Wishing she the best on her birthday and have a blast in 2022!

Photo source:https://www.royalmint.com/globalassets/royalty/queen-elizabeth/dt-article-the-queens-birthday.jpg?width=2147483647

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Royal Canadian Mint – 2022 Canadian Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Diadem Matte Proof Silver Coin with Swarovski

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To pay tribute to the Queen of Canada in her Platinum Jubilee year, Royal Canadian Mint presents a numismatic coin – 2022 Canadian Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Diadem Matte Proof Silver Coin with Swarovsk.

Specifications

Year : 2022

Gross Weight : 31.39 g

Diameter ( mm ) : 38 mm

Face Value : $20

Fineness : .9999

Quality : Matte Proof

Mintage : 4500

The Queen’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952.

Do you know that Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was very special for the people in the United Kingdom? This was the first Coronation ever to be televised, and it was watched by 27 million people in the UK alone and millions more audiences around the world.

On her way to the Coronation, Queen Elizabeth II wore the George IV State Diadem – this Diadem features roses, shamrocks and thistles with 1,333 diamonds and 169 pearls.

This year 2022, the Queen Elizabeth II is going to her 96 years old. She becomes the first British monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee. And this few years. The Queen’s health and the future of the UK monarchy is always in spotlight. It makes collectors around the world are now buying items which are related to Queen Elizabeth II and Platinum Jubilee.

https://www.royal.uk/50-facts-about-queens-coronation-0

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The Tudor Beasts Collection

After the compelling Queen Beasts’s collection, Royal Mint just launched a new series of collection – The Tudor Beasts Collections. The Seymour Panther will be the first coin of this series. Tudor Beasts Collection will absolutely become one of the hot collections amoung numismatics community.

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/ranges/the-royal-tudor-beasts/seymour-panther-2022/

Important News: Queen Elizabeth was seen using walking stick for what is believe to be the first time at a major public event. It will probably trigger Royal Fans worried about the Monarch’s Health. 

 

What are these Tudor Beasts?

They are:

The Seymour Panther

The Lion of England

The Greyhound of Richmond

The Yale of Beaufort

The Tudor Dragon

The Seymour Unicorn

The Royal DragonThe Queen’s Lion

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Queen’s Panther

The Tudor dynasty rose from the wars of the Roses conquest between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. When Henry VIII ruled after his Henry VII, He took these heraldic beasts as part of his lavish embellishment of the palace. These Tudor Beasts served to reinforce the legitimacy of his position on the throne and to highlight the regal lineage and strength of the Tudor dynasty.

If you have missed the Queen’s Beasts collection, do not miss the Tudor Beasts this time!

Next post, I will share the fun facts about Henry VIII. Stay tuned. 

 

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Queen’s Beasts – the Completer Coin – Together as One

This is the final Queen’s Beasts coin in the Queen’s Beast collection since 2016 produced by Royal Mint. The Coin features ten beasts on the reverse which reuniting all ten beasts in one design. 

Here is the story of Queen’s Beasts:

The Queen’s Beasts are the ten heraldic statues representing the bloodline of Queen Elizabether II and the British monarchy. On 2 June 1953, the whole world witnessed a specacular of a very important occasion. The Queen arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s coronation. These ten Queen’s Beast stood in front of the temporary western annexe as formidable royal guardians.

 

They are:

The Lion of England

The White Greyhound of Richmond

The Yale of Beaufort

The Red Dragon of Wales

The White Horse of Hanover

The White Lion of Mortimer

The Unicorn of Scotland

The Griffin of Edward III

The Black Bull of Clarence

The Falcon of the Plantagenets

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Influences of Chinese Investors in different Areas

China may become the World’s second-largest economy behind the US.

HSBC

One of the China’s biggest insurers, Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. is the second largest shareholder of HSBC Holdings PLC. Ping An said that the investment won’t influence how the U.K. based bank is run.

 

AMC

One of the largest movie theater chain around the world was bought by Dalian Wanda Group which runs by Chinese business Wan Jianlin for USD 2.6 billion.

 

GE Appliances

A well-known iconic company in US was partly owned by a Chinese Company, Qingdao Haier. And the acquisition deal was USD 5.4 Billion.

 

Motorola

One of the early leader in telecommunications space previously now was owned by one of the famous Chinese enterprise, Lenova. This makes Lenevo become the world’s third-largest smartphone maker around the world.

 

Football

Chinese investors are interested in Football as well. Chinese billionaire Tong Xia owned Aston Villa.

 

Infrastructure Business

Chinese Investors and businessesmans own stakes in key infrastructure businesses in the UK such as Heathrow Airport and UK power Networks. Chinese investors have also bought up stakes in Thames Water which is another key infrastructire firms in the UK.

 

Education

Schools in the UK which owned by Chinabacked enterprises:

  • Bournemouth Collegiate School
  • St Michael’s School in Llanelli, Carmarthanshire
  • Bosworth Independent College in Northampton
  • Bedstone College in Shropshire
  • Ipswich High School
  • Kingsley School in Bideford, Devon,
  • Heathfield Knoll School
  • Thetford Grammar School in Norfolk
  • Wisbech Grammar in Cambridgeshire
  • Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School in Norfolk
  • Adcote School for Girls near Shrewsbury, Shropshire 
  • Myddelton College in Denbigh, Wales
  • CATS Colleges – Campuses are in London, Cambridge and Canterbury
  • Chase Grammar School
  • Abbotsholme School, Derbyshire
  • St Bees School, Cumbria 

 

Let me know if you know more.