FriFotos: Royal Commonwealth Hotspots

Britian’s got Jubilee fever. The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation is positively hanging in the air. Union Jacks are flying everywhere. Portraits of Her Majesty are gracing shops and shop windows. Even Twitter is getting into the act with this week’s #FriFotos theme: “FIT FOR A QUEEN”.

Well, weren’t we delighted? After all, here at Hg2, we are nothing if not London-at-heart. The real trick was choosing how to interpret this queenly theme, so we’ve rounded up some pretty pictures of fit-for-a-queen moments in our favourite cities in the Commonwealth.

If you’re stuck for what to do this weekend (or how to choose), you might consult our roundup of the hottest Jubilee weekend goings-on. Oh, and don’t forget to enter our incredible £3000 Diamond Jubilee competition for a chance at some gorgeous British prizes, like new luggage and gin. It’s going to be absolutely fabulous, dahling. 

Cape Town

High tea Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town

The Queen herself probably couldn’t find fault with the impeccable (and delicious) high tea at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

Toronto

Royal York, Toronto Queen's Diamond Jubilee

When their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Toronto in 1951, they were treated to dinner at the Royal York Hotel complete with Ontario Champagne Sherbet and Toronto Maple Leaf Biscuits.

Mumbai

Gateway of India - Mumbai. Photo: Rajender Prasad

Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai in 1911, the Gateway to India is a rather queenly basalt arch with a royal view the Arabian Sea.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg Gramadoelas Queen Jubilee

The Queen herself has already given the stamp of approval to Gramadoelas during her visit to Johannesburg. So have Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela and Elton John. Gramadoelas is a true South African restaurant that was the first place in the city to serve patrons of all colours and walks of life.

Sydney

Sydney Opera House Queen Jubilee. Photo: Hai Linh Truong

In 1973, the Queen made a special visit to Sydney just to open the Sydney Opera House complex. Her Majesty has visited Australia dozens of times over the course of her life and reign.

London

Buckingham Palace London Queen Jubilee

Well, this was easy. Where else in London is more queenly than the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace? Obvious, yes, but classic all the same.

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