Queen Elizabeth II

Meet the $935 Pen That Turns a Scribble Into a Status Symbol

It's not often that a pen finds itself at the very center of an international event, but that's exactly what happened 52 years ago when John F. Kennedy visited Cologne, West Germany. His host was Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who invited the young U.S. president to sign the Golden Book (Cologne's official guest book), then found he had no pen on him.

Britain’s Royals Bumble Their Way Through Mother’s Day in Charming Spot for Body Shop

When it comes to celebrating Mother's Day, it turns out the British royal family is just as inept as everyone else.   That, at least, is the joke at the heart of a new U.K. ad from cosmetics company The Body Shop. Impersonators playing Prince Charles; his wife, Camilla; his son Prince Harry; and Queen Elizabeth II's famous Welsh Corgis all fumble their way, together, through the prep for Her Majesty's big day. That means mangling the wrapping on the presents and burning the toast, among other misfortunes—Prince Harry and the Union Jack make a joint cameo, but are least invested in the proceedings. Created by agency Mr. President, it's a silly, sweet idea that pokes gentle fun at the family (Charles doesn't take off his double-breasted suit jacket for anything) and the holiday, while also essentially pushing two somewhat contrary arguments that end up meeting somewhere in the middle—the royals are just like any other family, and any other family can treat its mom like a royal. In other words, don't feel bad if you're helpless in the kitchen when it's time to bring your own mother breakfast in bed. Though it's pretty safe to say that she—and the queen—would probably prefer the chefs at Buckingham Palace made it.  Via ItsNiceThat.

The 9 Best Responses to the Queen’s First Tweet

Early this morning (for us here in the western Colonies, at least), Queen Elizabeth II made royal waves by posting what's reported to be her first tweet. Delivered from her own gloveless hand, the tweet via @BritishMonarchy was created to celebrate the launch of a new exhibit at London's Science Museum.

Queen Places Help-Wanted Ad Seeking Royal Dishwasher

I never thought the Queen of England would have to suffer the indignity of placing a help-wanted ad, but apparently the chance to make £14,200 a year washing her dishes won't sell itself. The vacancy for a "General Catering Assistant (Wash Up)" was posted on the royal website not long ago.

The Twitter Olympics: 5 Surprises

Without Twitter, we may never have guessed a cameo by “Mr. Bean” was more popular than Queen Elizabeth herself during the Olympics’ opening ceremonies in London last weekend. But as social media data goes, we now know it’s true.

Queen Elizabeth Gets Color-Coded by Pantone and Leo Burnett

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee has a little something for everyone, including design geeks. Leo Burnett in London and Pantone worked together to create this nice little Pantone wheel based on the 60 years of the British monarch's notorious color-matched outfits.