“They’re Changing Guards at Buckingham Palace”

by Johnny Foreigner

Anytime I see a photo of the “Changing of the Guards” in London, I’m reminded of the children’s song “Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace,”  inspired by Winnnie the Pooh author A. A. Milne and made into a hit song by young Ann Stephens in 1941.
 

London-born Ann Stephens (21 May 1931 – 15 July 1966) was the first to record “Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace.” Stephens  was a British child actress and singer, popular throughout the 1940s.

Like most many American baby boomers, I first heard this song on the Captain Kangaroo Show. That version was made in 1959 by late British variety performer Max Bygraves.

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Bygraves’ onstage catchphrase “I wanna tell you a story,” is only slightly better than Marty Allen’s “Hello Dere!” – but Bygraves is a much better singer. Another well-known phrase of Bygraves was “That’s a good idea, son!” 

Give a listen to each version and comment which version you like better, young Ann’s or Max’s?

Max Bygraves’ 1959 version “They’re Changing Guards at Buckingham Palace”

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New and familiar faces in fourth season of ‘The Crown’ 

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan. Anderson will play Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” season four.

By Matthew Gilbert | Boston Globe

I’m already excited about season 4 of “The Crown,” even though season 3 only just became available on Netflix. Partly that’s because I want more of Olivia Colman’s more withholding version of the queen, but it’s also because I am eager to see Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher. That just sounds too good to be true. By the way, Anderson has been dating show creator Peter Morgan since 2016.

Another nice upcoming bit: Claire Foy, the original Queen Elizabeth actress, will return to the series in season 4 in a flashback sequence. The flashback will take place in 1947, before Elizabeth became queen, when she toured South Africa to celebrate her 21st birthday. Fortunately, there will be no strained effort to make Colman look younger. Season 4 will also include Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer, soon to be Princess Diana.

Source BOSTON GLOBE: New and familiar faces in fourth season of ‘The Crown’ – The Boston Globe

The Crown: Who was Princess Alice and did an interview with the media really change public perceptions of her?

Princess Alice

With the return of Netflix’s hit royal drama series The Crown, attention has turned to a lesser-known member of the monarchy: Princess Alice.

The show has been known to tread a fine between fact and fantasy and “Bubbikins” – the fourth episode of season three – raises many questions about the real life of this enigmatic woman.

Princess Alice’s turbulent life saw her serving as military nurse during World War I, becoming a nun, living in exile twice and struggling with her mental health.

Prince Philip’s semi-estranged mother was born congenitally deaf in Windsor Castle in 1885 and raised as an English princess.[ . . . ]

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