How I met the future king of England – Prince William, Kate & the Many-Faced God!

Prince William & Kate Middleton – The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, and Nils Jürgens
©Getty Images

I’m back!

Have you been blown away by the picture above?

I know I have!

Yep!

The British Berliner met Prince William and Kate Middleton – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

I mean,

Omigosh!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner with Royal Aide – Nils Jürgens, Kate Middleton, Prince William, & Rachel Launay – Director British Council Germany
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk

Let me just say.

Being a British expat living in Berlin, is a most wonderful thing!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Being British means that you get to go on German TV and talk about The Queen. You get to be in a documentary focused on British people and get a whole chunk of it, about yourself i.e. Me! You get invited to the British Embassy for drinks, a bit of a natter, and to celebrate Ascot, as well as to the Christmas service of the Deutscher Bundestag – otherwise known as the National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany! You get invited to the oldest university in Berlin so that you can discuss the political and economic issues on Brexit and the EU. You get featured on Germany’s biggest newspaper, and then flown to London by the BBC!

And then the icing on the cake in my opinion, is when you get a letter in the post, summoning you to an “invitation only” event organised for Their Royal Highnesses William, The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge!

Kate Middleton and Prince William – the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, greeting fans in Berlin
©DPA

To say I was excited, is to say the very least.

We were all literally jumping up and down!

Of course.

I mean strolling briskly, blushing and flapping slightly. No jumping around, collapsing and screaming.

We are British after all.

I’m British!

And we aim to keep a coolness about us on the outside while in a sense of panic and dismal anxiety on the inside!

What is it to be British?

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about How to Be British. And you were all extremely interested.

Most of the world seem to be fascinated by all things British and Germany is no exception, and who isn’t curious and fascinated by the Brits who actually live in Germany.

Of which I am one!

Berlin – very British – rbb

Need I remind you that I am The British Berliner?

Need I tell you that being British and also living in the city of Berlin makes a rather interesting combination?

And it all makes perfect sense.

Regardless of Brexit, being British is the epitome of a nation of history, tradition and fairness.

Britain is the epitome of a nation of history, tradition and fairness.

Being British is to have centuries behind what makes Britain today.

Being British is to welcome and linger on what is old such as cream teas, strawberries in the summer, and cricket as well as what is new, such as an Indian curry, the Notting Hill Carnival and BritPop!

At the Jane Austen Festival

Being British is to understand the issue of what is fair, true and right and what it is to be “a true gentleman,” to keep your word and be “a real lady.”

Being British is surely not about winning the race and becoming first, but about taking part, and shaking the hand of your opponent in “good combat.”

On the cricket field at one of my best friend’s wedding on the Isle of Wight.
In the UK! ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

Being British is about getting the first round in of a pint of beer, drinking champagne on a sunny day in the park and drinking Pimms on a cricket pitch during a wedding, on the Isle of Wight.

Yes, being British means being the people from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the surrounding islands of the United Kingdom, fifteen (15) other realms from the Commonwealth which include Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, fourteen (14) British Overseas Territories including Gibraltar, Bermuda and the Falkland Islands, seven (7) Australian external territories, two (2) New Zealand dependent territories, two (2) New Zealand associated states, and previously Hong Kong that was ceremoniously but reluctantly handed back to China in 1997!

William & Kate in love
©AFP/Getty Images

Being British is accepting that the Royal Family are part and parcel of what makes the United Kingdom unique, and that William and Kate are going to take the monarchy into the next generation of young Brits and Britain today!

Being British means being me!

HOW I MET THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND – PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE!

 

Kate Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince William & Prince George
©PA/WireDPA.

I know you want to know all about this but first, just who are William & Kate?

WHO IS PRINCE WILLIAM?

Prince William – the Duke of Cambridge
©Clärchens Ballhaus

Prince William, otherwise known as the Duke of Cambridge, is the second in line to the throne and the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.

His Royal Highness is married to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, with whom he has two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The family’s official residence is Kensington Palace, but Their Royal Highnesses also spend part of the year living on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

The Duke of Cambridge used to work as an Air Ambulance Pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, in addition to undertaking a number of charitable activities and projects and carrying out public duties in support of The Queen.

WHO IS KATE MIDDLETON?

Kate Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge
©Art Fund Museum

Kate Middleton, otherwise known as the Duchess of Cambridge, married Prince William at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

Her Royal Highness has two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The family’s official residence is Kensington Palace, but Their Royal Highnesses also spend part of the year living on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

As well as undertaking royal duties in support of The Queen, both in the UK and overseas, The Duchess devotes her time to supporting a number of charities and organisations.

Isn’t it funny that even though the Royal Couple have been married for six (6) years, we all still continue to call her Kate Middleton!!

WHY WERE THEY ON A ROYAL VISIT TO GERMANY?

Prince William & Kate Middleton – The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge – arrive in Berlin with their children – Prince George & Princess Charlotte
©Robin Nunn

Well, it wasn’t only an official visit but one in which the children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – came along too. And of course, the history of Britain and Germany is pretty long.

Being part German n’ all!

Queen Elizabeth has reigned longer than my namesake – Queen Victoria!

I mean, the Royal Family today stems from the Prussian Bavarian Saxony root of Queen Victoria from the House of Hannover (after whom I am named as another Young Victoria…) and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (in Bavaria, Germany)!

And as Prince William himself said at the exclusive Garden Party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, hosted at the British Ambassadorial Residence in Berlin, Our visit will reflect, and I hope reinforce, the strong and wide-ranging ties between Britain and Germany. These include political, cultural, historical, commercial, sporting, academic and scientific links. 

Kate Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge at the British Ambassadorial Residence Garden Party in Berlin
©Getty Images

The United Kingdom and Germany proudly share the same values as open and democratic societies, and the same determination to champion those values and to defend them – not least through our very close defence and security partnerships. Today, we share a fundamental interest in the peace and prosperity of the continent of Europe to which we both belong. 

This relationship between the United Kingdom and Germany really matters.  It is the product of many years of working closely together.  It will continue despite Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Union.  I am confident we shall remain the firmest of friends.”

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in their younger days – GB / UK.

And since we all love the Queen, there was a message from her to us, in Germany too.

Prince Philip and I send our warmest good wishes to all of you gathered for this special Garden Party, on the occasion of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official visit to Germany.

We have fond memories of our five State Visits to Germany, from our first in 1965 to our most recent in 2015. Over the course of those fifty years, British-German relations have thrived, allowing us to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century together.

I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will experience the beauty of this country and the warmth of its people when they visit Berlin, Hamburg and Heidelberg.

I hope you all have a most enjoyable evening.

 – Elizabeth R”

You simply can’t get better than that!

THE INVITATION! THE INVITATION!!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner with Royal Aide – Nils Jürgens, Kate Middleton, Prince William, & Rachel Launay – Director British Council Germany
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk

Well as you can see above, Prince William and Kate Middleton came to Germany.

Not only that, but yours truly aka – The British Berliner – was one of the distinguished invited guests!

I know!

The invitation was sent to me by the British Ambassador in Berlin, and the Director of the British Council Germany.

Shakespeare Lives and there’s the living proof.
Oh yeah. The skull! ©Frank Böster – The Music Producer – Behind The Couch Studio

I was very honoured.

I received the invitation months ago, but we weren’t allowed to talk about it, so the only person I told, was my brother – The Writer! 

Having said that, you won’t believe how many journalists called my house, and sent me messages asking me about what was going on, where the location was, and even if they could come along as my guest!

I haven’t lost my marbles you know!

Yeah right!

I haven’t lost my marbles you know!

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

Prince William & Kate Middleton – The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, at Clärchens Ballhaus – Berlin!

Anyhoo.

On the day, I left bright and early as we were given strict instructions that entry would be for only thirty (30) minutes, and after that, no entry for you!

And official invitations plus passports, would be necessary.

That happened quite a few times and security was enormously heavy!

Oh yeah, our venue was in the beautiful 1895 Clärchens Ballhaus. 

Clärchens Ballhaus – One of the last ballrooms in Berlin. Very shabby chic!

The Ballhaus is one of the last originally preserved ballrooms in Berlin, a wonderful authentic piece of history, tradition, and charm. Very shabby chic!

A perfect example of what the Royal Couple, and incidentally, Berlin is all about! 

Once inside, I was offered some champagne and I made my way to the terrace where “everybody” was.

And for the first time ever, I looked around and I couldn’t see a single person that I knew. This event was serious stuff.

Until I did!

Phew!

I must be one of the world’s biggest nerds, as I was one of the very few people who actually recognised him!
©Thomas Wlaschiha

And while quaffing more champagne and chatting to people, I noticed a tall man walk quietly in.

Not that man, but Tom Wlaschiha!

If you’re a Game of Thrones nut like I am, you’ll know him as Jaqen H’ghar – the handsome hero of the Faceless Men of Braavos, a feared Order of mysterious assassins with the ability to change their their appearance at will…!

I must be one of the world’s biggest nerds, as I was one of the very few people who actually recognised him.

And.

He’s very charming.

Tell me the secrets. Pleeeeease!
©Game of Thrones star – Thomas Wlaschiha

I tried to get him to tell me some secrets about the plot of Season 7 on Game of Thrones, but he was very professional and wouldn’t reveal anything, so we spoke about the joys and advantages of living in Berlin instead!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner with Game of Thrones star – Thomas Wlaschiha
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

And then we were summoned into the Ballroom.

Could this be it?

Nope!

British DJ Goldierocks – #Royal Visit Germany #Freundship

First, a gathering of cultural celebration.

After all, this visit was about international friendship and so the Director of the British Council Germany – Rachel Launay – came out and spoke a few words of how the evening would be, and to introduce the various factions that made the evening occur, as well as a few guidelines on etiquette regarding the Royal Couple.

And then.

It happened.

And then it happened. Prince William and Kate Middleton just entered the room at Clärchens Ballhaus!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

I saw this tall fellow stride in.

And a few paces behind him was a slim pretty girl.

Yep!

Prince William and Kate Middleton had just entered the room.

Scream!

Silently of course!

Omigosh!

Prince William, & Kate Middleton being walked through by their Aide – Nils Jürgens & Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner on the edge of the photo!
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk
Kate Middleton, Prince William & Rachel Launay – Director British Council Germany
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk

They were huddled to the nearest table which was right next to me!

You can just about see the red cover of my mobile phone peeking out!

Yes!

Next to me!

OMG!

Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner with the Royal Aide – Nils Jürgens, Kate Middleton, Prince William, & Rachel Launay – Director British Council Germany
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk

I was standing right next to their Royal Highnesses, and the only thing standing between Prince William and Kate and myself, was their Aide – Nils Jürgens!

That’s the taller man standing to the right of Kate Middleton. And very good looking he was too. Ahem!

The evening was all a bit of a blur. I’m not easily flustered, but I spent most of the evening with a huge grin on my face, a sweaty forehead, and shaky hands!

I’ll let the photographs speak for themselves but do forgive me, as I wasn’t joking about the blurriness of a shaking hand!

Prince William at Clärchens Ballhaus
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Kate Middleton – Duchess of Cambridge & Game of Thrones star – Thomas Wlaschiha at Clärchens Ballhaus
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Game of Thrones star – Thomas Wlaschiha with Sam Riley at Clärchens Ballhaus
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Kate Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge & Prince William at Clärchens Ballhaus
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Prince William having a drink & Kate Middleton at Clärchens Ballhaus!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Kate Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge at Clärchens Ballhaus
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Kate Middleton & Prince William right in front of me at Clärchens Ballhaus!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

At one point, both William and Kate were standing right in front of me, and I couldn’t pluck up the courage to say a single thing as I didn’t want to seem forward. I just stood there with mouth agape!

For once in my life, I was utterly speechless!

They must have thought I was slighty deranged grinning like a Cheshire Cat and clapping profusely!

They were wonderful.

Kate Middleton & Prince William looking like any other couple having a great time at a party!
©bernd schönberger

And very, very genuine.

A really lovely couple admired and loved, with good reason.

They really were quite delightful indeed.

And their security team were marvellous.

Every single guest that was present, got close-ups and selfies, of the Royal Couple!
© bernd schönberger
Kudos to the security team who were great, didn’t manhandle or scream at anyone, & were wonderfully calm, professional & extremely polite!
©bernd schönberger

Every single guest that was present got close-ups and selfies, and kudos to the security team who were great, who didn’t manhandle or scream at anyone, as you might get at the White House… but were wonderfully calm, professional (just trying to do my job ma’am), and extremely polite.

Prince William and Kate Middleton – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “worked” the room, shook hands with people, went to meet the UK DJ – Goldierocks – and then they were off!

Meanwhile, I had stopped being flustered and looking like a complete idiot, and began to work the room myself, chatting and meeting new people!

Delicious cocktails after Prince William & Kate Middleton left Clärchens Ballhaus!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner
Let’s have cocktails together after Prince William & Kate Middleton left Clärchens Ballhaus!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

We all drank a few cocktails, and patted ourselves on the back on a very successful evening!

Then I took the tram around the corner, and in twenty-four (24) minutes I was home!

What a charming evening!

Wow!

My garden. Notice the bunting in the background!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

Thanks for inviting me!

That’s it for now.

See you next week!

HOW I MET THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND – PRINCE WILLIAM, KATE & THE MANY-FACED GOD!

How I met the future king of England – Prince William, Kate & the Many-Faced God!

This article is not sponsored and all opinions are my absolute royal own!

I’ll be spending the summer in Germany!

Will you?

How I met the future king of England – Prince William, Kate & the Many-Faced God!
© British Council – Lydia Ciesluk

Watch this space!

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How I met the future king of England – Prince William, Kate & the Many-Faced God!

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How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

One of the best types of sausages in Austria – A most wonderful hotdog. In Vienna!

My! My!

I’m doing rather well!

So far this year, I’ve been to Amsterdam, I’ve been to Zaandam, I went skiing in the Czech Republic, and I’ve just got back from Vienna.

In Austria!

You know the one!

The hills are alive with music n’ all that….!

Visiting Vienna is quite delightful!

I’ve been to Austria before of course, and I’ll be telling you soon enough all about it!

Myself on the balcony of our room at the 25 Hours Hotels, Vienna!

This time however, the reason that I decided to choose Vienna was to celebrate the “0” birthday of my husbandThe Music Producer.

I wanted somewhere “nice.”

And I wanted somewhere connected to music.

Voila!

Austria!

Let’s get a little bit of history.

AUSTRIA

A horse & carriage in Vienna!

Austria, otherwise known as Österreich, is a federal republic, and a country of just over 8.7 million people.

It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Most of Austria is highly mountainous in the Alps with its highest point 3,798 m or 12,461 ft! In fact, only 32% of the country is below 500 m or 1,640 ft!

Most people speak a local Bavarian dialect of German as their native language, although Austrian German is the actual official language of Austria!

In fact, the last time I went to Austria about 10 years ago (cough! cough!) we went hiking for a week in the Austrian Alps.

Austria, Hungary and Slovakia are so closely connected that you can easily travel between them!
p.s. Not by the alpine lift obviously!

And it was all rather pleasant until we went mushroom-picking in the forest.

The guide was explaining where we were going, and the safety of identifying edible mushrooms.

Now I speak and understand German.

In fact, I’ve done a few TV / radio programmes and spoke quite successfully (I think), in the Germanic tone expected.

But I couldn’t for the life of me understand a single word he said!

I couldn’t for the life of me, understand a single word he said!

I was standing in the middle of our mushroom-picking crowd, so I moved to the front.

No can do!

I stood literally eyeball to eyeball with the fellow, in order to enhance my hearing.

Nope!

Nothing!

Nada!

I was quite distressed.

I was quite distressed.

And my husband wasn’t with us.

So I turned to my son who was five (5) years old at the time, to see if the guide was speaking utter nonsense, or if it was just me.

It was just me!

My toddler had to translate things so that we wouldn’t get poisoned, and die!!

Ooops!

I needed to know what we doing, so that we wouldn’t get poisoned with mushrooms, and die!!

Back to the history!

The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty, when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria retained its position as one of the great powers of Europe. However, after the fall of Napoleon, German Prussia emerged as the leader of the Germanic-speaking countries with the Austrian Empire reformed into Austria-Hungary, thus excluding Austria from the then new German Empire.

Sadly, it was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28th, 1914, and the troubles thereafter, that ultimately led Europe into World War I!

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 1914 – whose death brought the onset of WWI.

After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria attempted a union with Germany which, by the Treaty of Saint Germain and the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, forbade both the union and the continued use of the name “German-Austria” – Deutschösterreich. Until Adolf Hitler invaded and annexed Austria in 1938.

As a result, the Republic of Austria ceased to exist as an independent state, and officially became a legalised part of Germany, until 1955!

If you’re worried, don’t be.

Present day Austria is a lovely country, and the locals are hilarious!

Present day Austria is a lovely country known for it’s human rights policy, democracy, skiing, hiking, music, classical ballroom dancing, art and culture.

Austria has a very high standard of living, and is one of the richest countries in the world!

In fact, even Germans flock to Austria because of it’s wealth of opportunity!

And many of them go to Vienna!

WHY GO TO VIENNA?

The majestic sight of St. Peter’s Church, probably the oldest church in Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

OhMiGosh!

Where do I start?

Vienna is an imperial beauty!

It’s the capital of Austria and the cultural. economic, and political centre of Austria.

With a population of just 1.8 million, Vienna is the second (2nd) largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin!

Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In fact, Prague, Slovakia, and Budapest, are but a few cheap hours away!

And just in case you have a couple more days to spare, this is what I wrote about them:

Myself as lovely as Prague!

PRAGUE:

BUDAPEST:

BRATISLAVA:

Look how wide and green Vienna is!

Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also the city in Europe with the highest ration of green space, woods, grasslands, parks, and gardens which make up almost 50% of the city, beating even my most beloved city of Berlin!

Vienna also has the most frequently photographed monument in the city – the golden statue of Johann Strauss, has the circus fairground of Parter, the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, the Vienna Woods, vineyards, farmlands, and the wetlands of the legendary Danube River!

A genius such as Ludwig van Beethoven.

Vienna has a history to be jealous of, going further back than roughly 15B.C!

A precious heritage, charming traditions, imperial architecture, museums, art collections, works of art, the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud, the home of musical geniuses such as Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler, as well as the era of the Habsburgs who reigned for more than six (6) centuries!

Vienna is rich in baroque, historicism, art nouveau, as well as a nod to a world-class cultural complex and a future-oriented design of 60,000 square meters of space for a highly creative cultural scene in the Museums Quartier where we stayed, and in fact, all of the city!

Vienna is a city of beauty.

What not to like?

Wow!

Myself outside one of the Habsburgs palaces in the Museums Quartier, Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

I’ve got lots to say about Vienna, so I’ll tell you all about it next week. If you really can’t wait, there are loads of pictures and funny quips on Twitter!

Book your hotel here!

HOW TO VISIT AUSTRIA: INTRODUCING VIENNA – THE MOST CIVILISED CITY. EVER!

How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

This article is part – sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board and I received a press discount from the 25 Hours Hotels, but all opinions and the charming traditions that I experienced, are my very own! Thanks so much!

In April & May, I’ll be visiting Croatia, Sweden & Finland!

From 07.03.17 – 09.03.17, our friends – the British musical and comedy duo – Carrington Brown – will be performing Germany’s premiere of Carrington-Brown feat. The Swonderful Orchestra: Comedy meets Classics at Tipi!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in March, I really can’t help you!

How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

Watch this space!

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How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

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The Queen came to Berlin. I’m British so pass me the Pimms!

Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I'm about to sing! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me being thoughtful during a Live TV broadcast in Germany, and looking as if I’m about to sing!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

So last week was just such an exciting week. I mean, Her Majesty (The Queen) and His Royal Highness were here,

Right here.

In Berlin.

My new home.

And yours truly was part and parcel of the very honourable situation.

The Queen! ©PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.
The Queen!
©PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.

Swoon!

The British Berliner was called upon to do her duty and talk publicly about the monarchy. Not only that, but I was also called upon to present Britishness.

That’s right!

The British Berliner was pretty much everywhere last week.

The week that Queen Elizabeth II spent four (4) days in Germany and most of that time, in Berlin!

Exciting times!
Exciting times!

Yes, Berlin.

Because we’re cool.

We’re trendy.

We’re the very place to be.

We’re British.

And we’re Berlin!

At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It - 2015 © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
At the Berlin Music Video Awards with Roc Roc It – 2015
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I’ve said it a million times and I won’t hesitate to say it again, living in Berlin is just one of the most amazing decisions that I ever made.

Being an expat here and having this blog is just the icing on the cake!

So, back to The Queen.

As I told you last week, there was a flurry of activities in which I became fully involved on social media using my various Facebook pages and my darling Twitter, basically giving a day-to-day embrace of all that was expected to happen during the Queen’s visit.

The Queen & Prince Philip arriving at Tegel Airport, Berlin. ©impresspicture Buddy Bartelsen
The Queen & Prince Philip arriving at Tegel Airport, Berlin.
©impresspicture Buddy Bartelsen

It was crazy but it felt enormously good!

So how did it go?

As I told you previously, all the media attention literally happened just a few weeks ago!

At Travel Massive - 2015.
At Travel Massive – 2015.

First of all, I was contacted by a rbb – Berlin-Brandenburg TV Producer who found me via my blog and a small film interview that they saw me do with the Berlin bloggers branch of Travel Massive. They liked what they saw and wanted to meet me.

Within a week!

A week!

Celebrating diversity at the British Embassy.
Celebrating diversity at the British Embassy.

Then the editor of the rbb Inforadio station called me the next day and wanted to meet me too. She found me via the British Embassy in Berlin and when we met, we did an interview right there and then!

The filming of a documentary about a few expats who were not only British, but happened to live in Berlin, began on a Tuesday.

Popcorn and stuff watching basketball in Berlin!
Popcorn and stuff watching basketball in Berlin!

I usually go to the Boy Scouts of America Troop 46 meeting on a Tuesday as “The Tall Young Gentleman” is a Boy Scout and since there isn’t a British troop in Berlin, we happily join the American one.

Remember how I told you that filming started right away and I had to make a Facebook appeal for an assistant and a photographer.

Thankfully, my friends were up to the challenge and a Berlin girlfriend that I had known for years offered to be my PA and my official photographer was another friend – Pascale Scerbo Sarro – that I had first made contact with at the Berlin Video Music Awards in 2014!

OMG! Don't I just look like a city babe! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
OMG! Don’t I just look like a city babe!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Well, before you knew it, I was strolling down the street and the cameras were strolling with me.

I wanted to watch a cultural production at the English Theatre Berlin, and they came along and watched it with me!

Here I am at The English Theatre in Berlin with Daniel Brunet and Stephan Paul Taylor (the extremely tall guy! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Here I am at The English Theatre in Berlin with Daniel Brunet and Stephan Paul Taylor (the extremely tall guy!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I love being at the English Theatre as I am a great supporter of the Arts and write a lot about different activities. The Producing Artistic Director – Daniel Brunet – is a New Yorker and a great guy. The rbb team were as good as their word and asked permission to film on the premises and while a solo piece by the brilliant Minna Partanen was taking place. The suggestion was mine but I think he was quite happily shocked!

And so was everyone else.

It’s not everyday that you go to the theatre and a girl (me) has a camera and a huge fluffy microphone thing hanging around.

Me talking to the fluffy mike! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me talking to the fluffy mike!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

It was a little strange and sometimes the microphone appeared in different angles from below or above, and at one point I actually banged against it as I didn’t know it was there!

The rbb TV crew were great though and tried to “disappear” as much as possible, so that everyone could be a little more natural!

Me fully confident within the confines of The English Theatre, and a million microphones! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me fully confident within the confines of The English Theatre, and a million microphones!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I soon got used to it LOL!

The following week, we continued filming the second (2nd) day of documentary shooting at the only Scottish pub in Berlin. It’s called Das Gift and Rachel – one of the owners was really warm and welcoming.

Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Wonderful British cheese, Scottish oatcake & English cider
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

We were filmed eating Scottish stuff such as haggis and black pudding, and we chatted away about England and Scotland as of course, as readers of this blog, you know that the two (2) countries aren’t the same thing!

Don’t you?

Don’t.

You?!

Anyhoo!

Me just walking down the road. Thrown into the spotlight LOL! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me just walking down the road. Thrown into the spotlight LOL!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

This time, I wasn’t as nervous as I was in the first filming and in fact, they started shooting as soon as they saw me walking around the corner. That had me a little dazed as I still had a piece of paper with the address in my hand, my scarf and my golden Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin bag on!

The TV people must have really liked me as I received an invitation to take part in the rbb Berlin-Brandenburg evening TV show!

Now I became really nervous.

As this show wouldn’t just be seen by people who liked and admired the monarchy.

Oh no sir.

Random interesting German people!
Random interesting German people!

This show would be seen by millions of people.

Normal people. Ordinary people.

I would be speaking in German.

And it.

Would.

Be.

Live.

Oh jolly!!!!!

I desperately need cake!
I desperately need cake!

I spoke to a load of people about this and they all advised me to:

Speak slowly.

Not look at the camera.

Breath.

Relax.

Enjoy the moment.

And that is exactly what I did.

Here’s a summary of the stuff that I was in and how it went:

Ricky Gervais (The Office), Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), John Cleese (Fawlty Towers) & Stephen Fry (as Stephen Fry)!
Ricky Gervais (The Office), Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder), John Cleese (Fawlty Towers) & Stephen Fry (as Stephen Fry)!

I was on a TV documentary called: Die rbb Reporter Berlin – very british Doku (YouTube) or Die rbb Reporter: Berlin – very british. It was a 30 minute programme about established British people in Berlin. I was featured as a British expat blogger doing lifestyle expat social things about town, and generally being my lovely self walking down the suburb of Kreuzberg. Even though I actually live in Prenzlauerberg! 

I love Kreuzberg so much.

Who doesn’t?

There was a lot of filming of my boots.

And my pop socks!

In the documentary, five (5) of us were shown:

Me with a member of the Black Kilts! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me with a member of the Black Kilts!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
  1. Myself as The British Berliner of course
  2. A Scottish bagpipe and drumming group called The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums
  3. Sophie Raphaeline – the transgender owner of an English Language Second Hand Bookshop called Another Country
  4. Members of the Berlin Branch of The Royal British Legion
  5. Gabriela Pape the owner of der Königlichen Gartenakademie

Four (4) British people or organisations, and one (1) German one.

The documentary was reaaaaally good as I was featured about 4 to 5 times in the programme.

Yeeeeees!

Me gorging on Scottish black pudding at Das Gift, Berlin. ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me gorging on Scottish black pudding at Das Gift, Berlin.
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Most of it is in German but you can sometimes hear the English bits and if you click on the YouTuBe link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete documentary on-line!

The next thing that I was on, was the radio interview on Inforadio. It was a radio broadcast about three (3) different types of British expats living in Berlin, of which I am one and also, the only woman! It was another rbb production called Briten in Berlin or Brits in Berlin. It was a seven (7) minute broadcast. I was featured as a British expat blogger with great emphasis on my baby.

In this case,

My blog people.

My blog!

We love my blog!

In the broadcast, three (3) of us were interviewed:

  1. Paul Robinson who’s lived in Berlin for forty (40) years!
  2. Myself as the British expat blogger aka The British Berliner of course
  3. Paul Gurner – the owner along with his twin brother (Daniel) who founded the Saint George’s English Bookshop in the suburb of Prenzlauerberg (my suburb!)

Most of it is in German but it’s quite funny and the complete script is on the website so you could always translate it. If you click on the link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete recording on-line!

 Myself and Andrea Vannahme having High Tea. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself and Andrea Vannahme having High Tea.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

And lastly, I was also on the rbb evening show of The Queen’s visit. It was aired at 20:15 so everyone.

EVERYONE!

Could see it.

Andrea Vannahme & I - A lovely lady. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Andrea Vannahme & I – A lovely lady.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I was asked to be the side-kick of the German moderator – Andrea Vannahme.

I googled her.

She’s a big fish in these parts, so I was absolutely honoured to be asked!

I was asked to be at the “studio” for 19:00 but I was there at about 18:30.

I won’t lie, I was pretty nervous.

The Black Kilts and my British-German family! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
The Black Kilts and my British-German family!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I was so nervous that I had my photographer – Pascale Scerbo Sarro, my husband – Behind The Couch Studio – and my son – The Tall Young Gentleman with me too. I certainly wasn’t going to take up this opportunity without them being able to see me in action, as a lot of the social media blogging stuff I do, is on my own.

As the professional that I am.

Anyway, Andrea Vannahme had a lovely chat with me as soon as we arrived, and showed me where I would be standing.

We would start together.

Standing behind a glass table, and there was a tiny sticky piece so that I would know exactly where to stand.

Me with Andrea Vannahme. From the table to the sofa! ©Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Me with Andrea Vannahme. From the table to the sofa!
©Pascale Scerbo Sarro

We would then proceed to the sofa where a stand of High Tea nibbles, two teapots and china cups of tea were set for us to use.

I was afraid of my lipstick showing and kept turning my teacup around.

Anyone for tea and scones?
Anyone for tea and scones?

As for the nibbles?

I was too nervous and excited to breathe, never mind chew.

LOL!

After our brief introduction, my family were seated on a table with a fantastic view of everything that was going on, and I was whisked to make-up.

Remember how I told you that I would bring my own foundation and lipstick. Just in case.

Well, for the first time ever.

I didn’t need to.

Look at that colouring. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Look at that colouring.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

The professional for-TV-make-up-artist was brilliant. She had the right tones, knew how to mix colours for my skin, and wasn’t afraid to experiment.

It wasn’t her first (1st) time either!

A real pro.

I'm sorry, but I look amazing! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
I’m sorry, but I look amazing!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

I couldn’t believe how I looked as this would be the first (1st) time that I’ve ever had real professional make up for an event.

Except for my wedding.

Of course!

I wore a black and white summer puff-like dress and a black and white polka-dotted fascinator in the shape of a tiny hat, and a pair of Union Jack pop socks!

I looked amaaaaaazing. Even if I say so myself.

LOL!

Drinking a very important cup of tea! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Drinking a very important cup of tea!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Mind you, the lipstick was my own, as hers was rather too dull…!

I had to wait for a while and I went to the bathroom at least four (4) times and then at 20:15 on the dot. The show started.

Remember, it was live.

A LIVE programme broadcasting from the Tea House at the English Garden or the TeeHaus im Englischen Garten.

A tea house that had great significance.

The Queen planting the seed of friendship in Germany. 1965 © Ullstein Bild
The Queen planting the seed of friendship in Germany. 1965
© Ullstein Bild

A tea house that was not only a cafe but actually a huge thatched cottage in Berlin’s largest park (Tiergarten) surrounded by the very essence of what an English garden should look like, and was a gift from Britain to the city of Berlin after WWII.

In fact, Queen Elizabeth even planted an oak tree here on her very first visit to West Berlin in 1965!

And I was brought on the show as the resident British expert about the monarchy, a blogger and a royalist, among a show of other British personalities.

Absolutely no pressure then!

"The Queen" and I. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
“The Queen” and I.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

The exclusive evening programme was called: Die Queen in Berlin. It was a 45 minute LIVE special broadcast also produced by the rbb or Berlin-Brandenburg TV Station in which we talked a little about British life in Berlin, and mainly about Queen Elizabeth II.

It’s all in German but there are many original clips of The Queen over the years and clips about her visit in Berlin. If you click on the link, or on the side widget, you can get the complete programme on-line!

It was a great opportunity and I had the greatest of times.

Berlin - very British - rbb
Berlin – very British – rbb

You know you’ve made it when Berlin locals recognise you on the street and smile. They’re Germans and much like British people, no hugging!

The recognition that affected me the most was when a local Berlin woman had the hugest grin on her face when I sat opposite her on the train. she couldn’t contain herself and was just smiling and smiling!

Thanks so much everyone. Now where's the Pimms! © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Thanks so much everyone. Now where’s the Pimms!
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Thank you so much rbb for putting your faith in me and letting me be a part of the great event of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Berlin, in 2015.

I have so much to share with you.

Stay tuned!

Next week, I’ll be writing about Berlin.

Toot! Toot!

Myself with the Scottish bagpipe and drumming group - The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums at the English TeaHouse in Berlin. © Pascale Scerbo Sarro
Myself with the Scottish bagpipe and drumming group – The Black Kilts Berlin Pipes & Drums at the English TeaHouse in Berlin.
© Pascale Scerbo Sarro

Many thanks to the rbb TV and radio crew, Svenja Weber, Ute Sturmhoebel, Sylvia Tiegs, Ralf Ayen, Andrea Vannahme, Pascale Scerbo Sarro, The English Theatre Berlin, Das Gift, The Music Producer, The Tall Young Gentleman, The Berlinerin and other Berliners. You know who you are!

Update: The actual programme is no longer available online but for future media purposes, I have a copy on DVD!

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If you’re a blogger or just interested in travel then the Berlin Chapter of Travel Massive is meeting on Tuesday 30.06.15. Come & join us.

Strictly Stand Up English Comedy Night will be taking place at the Quatsch Comedy Club on 01.07.15.

Etwas Magazine Fashion Event: Catwalk Under the Stars II on 10.07.15.

Berlin Fashion Week will be taking place from 06.07.15 – 10.07.15 and I have been accredited for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin (MBFWB) too! It’s going to be so much fun.

I’ll be there. Will you?

As usual, you can also follow me via daily tweets and pictures on Twitter & FB!

If you’re not in Berlin, you’re totally missing out.

July is going to be quite marvellous!

Watch this space!

Grab yourself a glass of Pimms! @ TheKitchen
Grab yourself a glass of Pimms!
@ TheKitchen

Would you go on live TV? How about the radio? What would you do if someone recognised you on the street because of your work or talent?

See you in Berlin.

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