Monday, May 18, 2015

Mosaic Monday #41 - Queen Victoria's Birthday

Let me say first, you're not seeing things...last week's MM was numbered 41 as well which was an error on my part that I've now corrected. It was actually #40...must have been a senior's moment. :-)
The portrait of a young queen I photographed at a castle in Ireland.
In Canada we celebrate Victoria Day to honour Queen Victoria's birthday which is May 24. The holiday was first declared by the Province of Canada in 1845 to celebrate the queen's birthday and when she died in 1901, the day was named Victoria Day. The actual date can vary as it is legislated to be the Monday before May 24 occurs to create a long weekend. This year it's early.
Queen Victoria was Canada's sovereign during the confederation of 1867 and she had to consent to the creation of a new country. She is also credited for choosing Ottawa as our nation's capital.
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Above is the way most of us remember Queen Victoria from photos. Since 1953, Victoria Day is also registered as the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. (her actual date is in April)
On the left is a Queen Victoria sponge cake that I'll be making again as soon as the strawberries are in next month. It can double for the perfect strawberry shortcake!
On the right is another new tea I've tried from Murchie's in BC. The description from their website reads: First blended in honour of Queen Victoria, this is one of Murchie's oldest blends: rich Darjeeling and Ceylon, smoky Lapsang Souchong and sweet Jasmine. I wasn't sure I'd like the smoky aspect but the reviews were promising and although it's different from the black blends I might normally drink, it is another fabulous tea.
If you're a Canadian blogger, have a happy Victoria Day weekend!
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46 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, the Queen's birthday is a great reason to celebrate and have a long weekend. I like the top photo of the young queen. The cake looks delicious and would be perfect for our Memorial Day celebration this coming weekend. Happy Victoria Day weekend to you. Thanks for hosting! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. We could add a few blue berries among the strawberries for Memorial Day.

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  2. Wow. Great idea to have a special cake style for a day like this. Queen Victoria as both a young and older woman certainly had an impressive face.

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  3. Enjoy a cup of tea for the Queen. The first portrait is nice.

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  4. I love strawberry shortcake and that cake looks even more scrumptious. I knew that Queen Elizabeth officially celebrates her birthday at a warmer time of year but I did not realize it was on Queen Victoria Day. Also did not realize that was a National Holiday.

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  5. She was an amazing woman who deserves such a celebration each year. Enjoy the long weekend and thanks for hosting!

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  6. What an interesting post, remembering a remarkable person who lived through a fascinating epoch.
    Oh what fun it would be to have a lovely cake named after you... :)
    Thank you, Judith, for hosting MM and have a great new week!
    PS Congratulations to Canada for the IIHF World Championship 2015!

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  7. Fascinating and I never knew that Canadians celebrated her birthday, but it is absolutely brilliant that you all do. The cake looks like it would be delicious. Anything with berries is a favorite of mine. Happy week Judith~

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  8. How wonderful post about an special persona with beuatiful aspects presented by you and a delicious cake to celebrate the event, as well! Lovely to find so interesting things... A perfect day of May for you!

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  9. Dearest Judith; Oh, thank you SO much for sharing that your country celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday and your photograph of her portrait is wonderful; she looks so elegant♪ The cake also look SO delicious (I love sweets and strawberry :-) In Japan, the present Emperor's birthday is our national holiday.
    Thank you very much for hosting and wishing you will have a wonderful new week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  10. What an interesting post! I had no idea that Queen Elizabeth's official birthday had anything to do with Victoria Day. Happy Victoria Day to you!

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  11. Oh does that cake ever look delicious ! :)

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  12. My goodness...I've been making that cake for years and years (as did my mama) and never knew it was a Queen Victoria cake. LOL
    Thanks so much for hosting.

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  13. Did you enjoy the tea Judith? I'm not a black tea drinker, stick with Rooibos, fruit or herbal. Victoria sponge was the first cake I learned to make way back when :) You can decorate it in so many ways. I'm looking forward to strawberry season too. Daughter and family had their first homegrown strawberries over the weekend (live in Sooke BC) Hope you had a great weekend.

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  14. Queen Victoria is definitely an important monarch for Canada - to think she created your country! Thanks for sharing the history. Her younger photo is beautiful. Your cake is absolutely beautiful! Have a great week, Judith.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  15. A wonderful holiday similar a bit to our celebration at the end of May, Memorial Day. So Happy Victoria Day Judith. I find it odd that the current Queen changed her birthdate. Oh well the end of May is a great time to have a birthday...Queen Victoria and I almost share a birthday...maybe that's why I always feel so regal....and it explains a lot too...we are both Geminis.

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  16. Happy Victoria Day Judith! Your post is lovely. I would like to try that tea myself and most definitely the Victoria Sandwich. Both would go very well together. I enjoyed the Queen Victoria portraits also.

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  17. Great to have a celebration - enjoy!!! The tea sounds wonderful and the cake looks delicious.

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  18. Enjoy a cuppa to honour a great lady :-) and thanks for this interesting post.

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  19. Happy Victoria Day, JUdith ! Your Victoria cake looks scrumptious. My favorite cake is strawberry shortcake--I have it every June for my birthday.

    I wrote about someone I am very proud of today --a true heroes among heroes!

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  20. Wonderful shots. Have a great start into the new week.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  21. May 24th is my son's birthday, too! We'll raise a toast to Queen Victoria on that day as well!

    Deanna

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  22. Happy Victoria Day, Judith! Your yummy Queen Victoria sponge cake is perfect with a cup of Queen Victoria Tea. For this week's Tea Time Tuesday, I shared a recent visit to the Victoria Teas & Coffee store in Niagara-on-the Lake.

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  23. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday 41. Happy Victoria Day and thank you for the Queen Victoria history.

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  24. I hope you've had a wonderful day and celebration! The tea sounds very nice. Thanks for another beautiful Mosaic Monday lavender Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  25. Judith, what a wonderful post! I enjoyed the history and photograph of Queen Victoria! And that cake, oh my, looks scrumptious!
    Nancy

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  26. I meant, photographs, both the young and the old!!
    N~

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  27. Happy Victoria Day to you Judith! Both Victoria and Elizabeth II are/were admirable women. I do hope the current queen ends up being the longest reigning, though.
    The sponge cake looks yummy!

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  28. Mmm ... I love Victoria sponge. I make a 7-inch one to make smaller wedges for afternoon tea.

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  29. Happy Victoria Day.
    I enjoyed your post on Queen Victoria.
    Have a lovely week.
    Denise

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  30. Hello Judith. What a great Victoria Day posting. The cake looks wonderful. We enjoyed our first strawberries this weekend, just a few, and I'm looking forward to more of them. Your cake would be a wonderful way to enjoy them.

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  31. Oh gosh that sponge looks delicious! I must say I never make sponges, but I have an old recipe of my Mum's I should try. Have a lovely week

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  32. It was a good weekend here (rain all day Sunday) with 2 sunny warm days. We got lots done outside! Your strawberry Queen Victoria cake looks delicious! Have a good week Judith.

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  33. Hi Judith. More rain today. The clouds are not so interesting this morning. I should have described the photo that I used to open my post. The bird is a red breasted robin that was sitting on a branch in our honey locust tree. The robin is probably one the most common birds in our yard, even year round. I used Waterlogue on the iPad to turn the rather blury photo into something usable. I am sure that if you keep watch you will see a varity of warblers in your garden. I usually hear them first or I see quick little movements in the trees as they flit from branch to branch. Generally they move from the bottom branches to the top. Happy Birthday to the the queen.

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  34. Thank you for sharing this interesting history and Happy Victoria Day to you! The strawberry shortcake looks delicious! As always, thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday, Judith!

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  35. Hey, happy days a celebration with a perfect cake. Enjoy!
    Wren x

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  36. I hope that your long weekend was very pleasant and celebratory! Say, will you be sharing any dance recital photos?

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  37. Great posting on Victoria, Judith. Your cake looks fabulous and I was going to make one for my tea party but I'm out of strawberry preserves and jam so I just made do with what I had. I can't wait for strawberry season! Ours is always a little later than yours, in July. Last years crop was very poor so we're all hoping for a better one this year. Thanks for your visit.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  38. Happy Victoria Day! That cake looks delicious. Thanks for hosting each week.

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  39. Had every intention of recognizing Victoria Day with a big tea party here but we cancelled it this time. Just not in a party mood of late and my friends understood/understand.

    I hope yours was wonderful. Victoria was certainly a stately woman, wasn't she? And those German eyes, my word, can you imagine being on the receiving end of her wrath, if that were to be the case? I'd be scared to death! I am amazed at the dazzling beauty of her jewels in that picture. Aren't they something else?

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  40. Happy Victoria Day Judith. I am sorry I am late in visiting. This week has been crazy. Tomorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day in the US. It's a day on which we remember and honor those who died in active military service. It's observed on the last Monday in May. The tea blend sounds delicious and that cake would be lovely with it.

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  41. I did not realize that Canada has a different official birthday for Queen Elizabeth than they do in the UK. Most intriguing! (And I love reading anything about Queen Victoria, as she was such a fascinating woman!)

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  42. The monarchy is an interesting clan!

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  43. Just found your lovely blog...most interesting to see such a clear pic of Queen Victoria, I wonder wheat her eye colour was?
    Cake looks delicious!
    Happy summer days to you!

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  44. Sorry, that should have been 'what'...new touch screen has a mind of its own ;)

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  45. Sorry, that should have been 'what'...new touch screen has a mind of its own ;)

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