World Book Day: Top 5 Literary Characters | Fulton Umbrellas

World Book Day
World Book Day

7th March marks the annual celebration of and the team here at Fulton Umbrellas couldn’t be more excited. Whether you’re celebrating at school or in the office like us, nothing feels more exhilarating than revisiting some of our favourite books and channelling the looks of the most iconic literary characters.

We take a look at some of our favourite characters — see if you can spot the running theme…

1. Rubeus Hagrid

Hagrid has become a household name around the world after appearing in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series. According to the author, the character was one of the first to be created and stated that the name come from an old English word that meant ‘you’d have a bad night’. This was well associated with this particular character because he was a big drinker and experienced a lot of regrettable nights!

In the book, Hagrid was forbidden to use magic after his expulsion from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the Ministry of Magic broke his wand as a result. However, Hagrid kept the broken pieces inside of his pink umbrella and performed small spells from time to time — such as giving Dudley Dursley a pig’s tail and opening up Diagon Alley!

2. Mr Tumnus

Everyone who has ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis loves Mr Tumnus. This character was first introduced to the literary world back in 1950 and was actually responsible for the entire book series. The author admitted that a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood had been in his mind since the age of 16.

However, it wasn’t until CS Lewis was in his 40s where he decided to develop the world and create this story we all know and love. And how awesome is it that a best-selling book idea came from an umbrella?

3. John Darling

Quintessentially the most British literary character of them all, John Darling from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is kind of friend we want in our group. What makes this character stand out from the crowd is his witty one-liners, over-the-top reactions, and of course, his Neverland attire — don’t judge him, it was late at night when they travelled second star to the right and straight on till morning.

His Neverland attire included his pyjamas, top hat, and his umbrella (as he could never bring himself to leave without such items)! We’re beginning to spot a trend with some of our favourite characters here…

4. Mary Poppins

P.L. Travers brought us the joy of Mary Poppins and the Banks family. Countless books and two films later, this is one story that has truly merged itself with British culture. The character, who was blown into our lives by the East wind, accepts a nanny job to look after the children at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London until the wind changes.

With a magical touch to her presence, the children experience a tea party on a ceiling with Mr. Wigg, a trip around the world with a compass, the purchase of gingerbread stars from Mrs. Corry, meeting the Bird Woman, a visit to the zoo, and more. However, then the wind changes, she opens up her umbrella and the West wind carries her away! Next time she should bring her windproof umbrella

5. Christopher Robin

One thing we admire about British literature is the friendship that blossomed between Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin in the world created by A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin is one character that often takes an umbrella with him when out and about and even uses it in the first story — to deceive some bees!

As well as this, him and Pooh set sail in an umbrella named the ‘Brain of Pooh’ when Piglet, another fascinating character in this world, is surrounded by water!

How Innovative Designs Have Improved Traditional Products

Technology and innovative design is constantly influencing the customer market — with brands releasing updated versions of the same product that we all feel inclined to buy. However, this isn’t just happening with modern inventions, but with traditional products too.

The end-goal for many businesses and creators is to streamline a product’s use for the end-user. With this, many of the everyday items we all love have been altered in one way or another to keep up with the requirements we now have as a society.

We’ve set our standards high, and no product is untouchable. Here, we take a look at some of the products that have been influenced by technology or design and how they have changed our lives.

Watches
Watches

Watches
Watches have truly transformed the way we lead our lives. Modern Britain revolves around time — from making sure our little ones arrive at school on time to catching the right bus for work. The history of the watch dates right back to the 16th century, where the devices were originally powered by a mainspring which turned gears to move the hands while keeping in time with a rotating balance wheel.

It wasn’t until the 1960s that the quartz watch was invented, where the product actually used electricity to operate. This type of watch took over the market at the time, which many still refer to as the ‘quartz crisis’ as mechanical watches were pushed aside. Following this, the quartz wristwatch was developed, and we haven’t look back since. Well, until now.

Smartwatches have taken over the world. You can’t walk by someone without one attached to their wrist. What once was an item that would only notify you of the time, can now make phone calls, send messages, track your health and more. What’s next for the watch?

Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt

Umbrellas
The umbrella has changed tremendously over the years. Making its debut in Ancient Egypt, they were used for protection against direct sunlight. However, the waterproofed version was created in the 11th century BC using leather, an extremely expensive material to use at the time which was later adopted across the European continent — predominately in Greece and Rome.

The umbrella fell absent for over 1,000 years after the Roman Empire dissolved but became popular again in the 16th century. Traditionally, umbrellas were quite detailed in their design and were more of a ‘prop’ during this period.

That’s not to say that umbrellas today can’t be a fashion statement though. Queen Elizabeth II, for example, uses a birdcage umbrella when making public appearances. This innovative design allows her to stay dry but remain completely visible when venturing outdoors, as the cover is transparent! With her bespoke umbrellas, she always matches her trim with her outfit. As well as this, unlike umbrellas years ago, many are now designed to be more compact and can be stored away in your bag.

Birdcage Umbrella
Birdcage Umbrella

Wallpaper
You wouldn’t think that there’d be any sort of progression with wallpaper, but what the future holds sounds quite exciting. Historically, wallpaper would be created using hand-painting, woodblock printing, stenciling and other types of machine printing — which dates back before 1700.

Wallpaper
Wallpaper

This form of design was so popular that in 1712, Queen Anne introduced a wallpaper tax which wasn’t abolished until 1836. This was likely because Britain was the leading wallpaper manufacturer in Europe at the time.

Wallpaper
Wallpaper

The future only looks bright for wallpaper though. At one time, we’d just be complacent with a nice design for the interior of our home, but developments have suggested that we should expect high-tech forms sometime soon. This will have the ability to block signals — no more stealing your neighbour’s WiFi!

Bank cards
Although we all know that money is an everyday essential, bank cards never used to be. Before the first bank cards were issued in 1967, people had to actually visit their bank to deposit or withdraw any cash. People could store money in their home, but this wouldn’t be protected!

First Bank Cards
First Bank Cards

It wasn’t until 1972 where the first bank card to feature an information-encoding magnetic strip was introduced. This allowed customers to visit an ATM and enter their personal identification number to gain access to the information that was associated with their account.

Contactless payments
Contactless payments

Today, it’s the introduction of contactless payments that has made the biggest impact on the shopping and banking scene. Recently adopted by banking associations and introduced across the high-street, the cards using radio-frequency identification can now make payments without the need to enter a pin.

These were just some of the advancements, but what does the future hold?

FULTON UMBRELLAS RECEIVES FEEFO GOLD TRUSTED SERVICE AWARD 2019

Feefo Gold Service award
Feefo Gold Service award

30 JANUARY 2019, A Fulton Company Limited has won the Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by real customers.

Thanks to all of our customers for sharing their ratings and reviews!

Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to those businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Those that meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected, and their average rating, receive the award. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’ commitment to outstanding service.

Feefo is a reviews and customer insights technology company that provides businesses with the tools to collect real, purchase-verified reviews and insights. Working with over 3,500 clients, Feefo ensures that all feedback is authentic, by matching it to a legitimate transaction, in order to increase consumer confidence and enable businesses to make smarter business decisions.

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National Umbrella Day: The History | Fulton Umbrellas

Umbrella Sky Project
Umbrella Sky Project

Our brolly is by far our most trusted companion. Wind, rain, or snow, we can always rely on this little gadget to guide us through the harsher weather conditions here in the UK. It’s the 10th February and our team couldn’t be more excited to celebrate National Umbrella Day, so here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about this product that was invented thousands of years ago.

The Birth
The term ‘umbrella’ stems from the Latin root word ‘umbra’ which means shade or shadow. In ancient Egypt, that’s exactly what the first parasol was created for. By living in a hotter climate, Egyptian nobility and royalty thought that it would be wise to protect themselves from direct sunlight — they also had a fascination of having pale skin and a parasol helped this.

As the Egyptians had no reason to design a waterproof umbrella, this was created in China in the 11th century BC using leather. As this was an expensive material at the time, only the most affluent members of society used them.

Greece and Rome soon adopted the non-waterproofed Egyptian styled parasol which acted exclusively as a ladies umbrella.

The Fall
To give a balanced standpoint on history, we should touch on the fall too! After the descent of the Roman Empire, the umbrella became absent in Europe for 1,000 years. The shift in lifestyle and lack of technological innovation was one of the biggest factors that played into this — and ultimately, people couldn’t afford to have such luxuries during this period.

The Resurrection
Umbrellas became popular again in the late 16th century across Europe. This was a direct result of the start of the Renaissance in Italy, where many paintings were influenced by the tales of Asia where many women used parasols. The difference was, there were now more suitable routes to trade the product!

It was still thought to be a female accessory, up until the 18th century. However, Jonas Hanway, a writer and traveller, switched things up when he carried and used an umbrella publicly in England for most of his life. Englishmen soon caught on to the trend and often called their umbrella their ‘Hanway’.

The umbrella has continued to live on since then and has become an integral part of modern culture. From making moves on the catwalk to featuring in some of our favourite pieces of art, movies and even music videos.

Today, we rely on our umbrellas to protect us from the unpredictable weather! Do you have any funny umbrella stories or memories? Let us know on Twitter @FultonUmbrella!

Title Celebrities Who Were Stripped Of Their Titles | Fulton Umbrellas

We all hope to one day make the Queen’s Honours List, and it’s something that our grandparents would definitely be proud of. As one of the highest esteems in the country, the given title can truly ensure that one’s legacy and admirable work is remembered in years to come. As well as this, the award itself can be passed on down generations and ensure that they are fully aware of the achievements their ancestors had made.

But while the honour may be the highlight of someone’s life or career, it can be taken away — and has been done so on countless occasions for those who have misbehaved. If a recipient does not continue to meet the expectations, the government has the permission to revoke the title and publish the decision in the London Gazette.

But which famous faces have lost their honours?

Anthony Blunt

Everybody knows that Queen Elizabeth loves her art. So much so, she appointed Anthony Blunt as an art adviser. He was in charge of the Royal Collection for 27 years and was knighted with the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in 1956.

However, his title was stripped in 1979 after he was exposed as a Soviet spy. Sources have suggested that his secret was known within different government circles, but was publicly exposed by Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in the same year. Did you know that he was offered immunity from prosecution in 1964 for his confession?

Alan Seymour Davies

Appointed his knighthood in 2000 for services to education, Alan Seymour Davies, a former headteacher of Copland School in Wembley, was revoked of his Knight Bachelor title in 2014. Davies pleaded guilty to false accounting and had created eight back-payment documents for sums which totaled £315,000 — despite earning a salary of £160,000 before resigning in 2009.

Fred Goodwin

You may remember Fred Goodwin as the former boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), who was heavily criticized in 2008 following the firm’s near-collapse. He allowed a multi-billion-pound deal to buy a rival company during the financial crisis.

Because of the purchase, which had a profound impact on the wider economy, the UK government were required to bail out RBS. His knighthood, which was given in 2004 for services to banking, was annulled by the Queen in 2012.

James Crosby

Unlike the others on our list, James Crosby actually asked for his knighthood to be removed. The Banking Standards Commission in 2013 described him as the ‘architect’ of the strategy that led to HBOS’ downfall — seeing as he was chief executive of the firm between (2001-2006).

It was in 2006 where Crosby was knighted for his services to the financial industry, but he made a request for cancellation to the Honours Forfeiture Committee which they formally considered and later accepted in 2013.

Jean Else

Jean Else remains the only person to have lost her title as Dame and the reasons why are quite shocking. In 2001, she was given the title for her services to education after transforming the fortunes of Whalley Range High School in Manchester.

But in 2009, the General Teaching Council found that she promoted her twin sister from a clerical assistant to assistant headteacher. Fast forward to 2011, she was banned from running a school and her title was revoked.

Those were just some of the people who had their honours removed. Did you know that you could nominate someone who had made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain?

If you know someone special, visit the government website and put them forward. While you’re waiting for the letter to come through the post, we recommend you treat them to a birdcage umbrella. After all, Her Majesty herself uses them!

Top 5 Celebrities Who ‘Stole’ From Set | Fulton Umbrellas

Any famous actor or actress will tell you that the best part of making a film is the experience that comes with job. Working on a movie set allows them the chance to get into character and put their own spin on how they would speak and act — some have gone so far to be impulsive on set and change up the script to make a scene feel much more natural.

Did you know that in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, when Jason Issacs’ character, Lucius Malfoy says “Let us hope that Mr Potter will always be around to save the day” — Daniel Radcliffe’s response “Don’t worry, I will be” was totally out of the blue? The director liked it so much he decided to keep it in!

Although such trivia is fun to know, especially for those Friday night pub quizzes, that’s not what we’re here to discuss. We have something much more serious to cover, such as outing celebs who were so attached to their on-screen personas that they took a memento of their character from set

Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt

1.    Emily Blunt — Mary Poppins Returns

You can probably guess what this star stole from her latest release, because if we were in her shoes, we totally would too. Although there were countless umbrella props on the set of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, she could only get her hands on two, one of which she was forced to return.

To keep the movie to feel as real and magical as possible, set designers created an animatronic brolly that “sort of winked and moved its head and talked”. Although this was Blunt’s go-to-choice to take home, she unfortunately had to return it for it as it was due to be entered into a museum and therefore accepted another, less magical version.

But Emily, if you’re reading this, we’ve got a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious windproof umbrella waiting just for you!

Emma Watson
Emma Watson

2.    Emma Watson — Harry Potter Franchise

Starring in all eight of the Harry Potter movies, there are countless props that Watson could have taken home with her — but she selected three special pieces that were close to both hers and her character’s heart. Once the franchise ended in 2011 with ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’, which earned more than 1.3 billion at the box office, Emma thought it was only right that some of Hermione’s essentials left set with her:

“I took my wand, I took my Time-Turner, and I took a cloak. That’s about it really.” Today, a lot of the props from set can be seen at Warner Bros. Studio Tour ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ in London. If you’d like to see more memorabilia from this fantastic franchise, hop on your Nimbus 2000 or catch the Knight Bus at midnight.

Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield

3.    Andrew Garfield — The Amazing Spider-Man

When you sign up to a superhero film, there’s no saying how long you could be a part of the franchise. Andrew Garfield signed on to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ after Toby Maguire’s trilogy, and completed two films which were directed by Marc Webb (no pun intended). Once ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ was complete, the actor admitted to Scott Mills that he stole something extremely valuable from set…

Speaking about the iconic Spider-Man costume, he commented: “”I may have stolen one and it may be in my luggage, it may be in my hotel room luggage. It may even be in my backpack in the car.” However, he was quick to say that there were about 22 identical versions on the film!

 Robert Downey Jr
Robert Downey Jr

4.    Robert Downey Jr — The Avengers

Another superhero film has made it onto our list — but that’s because they often have the most unusual props that every actor wants to take home. In this case, when Robert Downey Jr wrapped up on ‘The Avengers’ as Iron Man in 2012, he asked if he could have the 30-foot ‘A’ from the Stark Tower for his home in Venice as a joke.

A few weeks went by, and Robert completely forgot what he asked for — but that ‘A’ was delivered to him! “So now we have a massive Avengers ‘A’ that will be prominently placed.”

Although Marvel were pretty happy to give Robert Downey Jr a massive part of the set, when Ben Affleck asked DC whether he could take home his Batman suit and they responded with: “For $100,000 you can.” He instead opted to take a picture!

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

5.    Simon Pegg — Star Trek: Into Darkness

When you hear of Star Trek, you’ll instantly think about the iconic Starfleet badge. During filming, Pegg admitted that every day when filming had come to an end, everyone would have to hand their Starfleet badge back to the set designers — so that they could keep them safe.

Assuming it would be the same on the last day, he admitted: “I stole my badge. It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it’s a beautiful little brass thing. And I put it in my bag.”

Do you know of any celebrities who stole from set? Or if you could have one piece of memorabilia from your favourite movie, what would it be?

A Child’s First Brolly | Fulton Umbrellas

As parents, we document a lot of our children’s first experiences and encounters — from captivating cinema trips to their first proper winter coat. But have you ever considered when to give your child their first umbrella?

An umbrella is essential for those living in rainy England, and although you may have one for yourself, your little one needs one too. A child’s first umbrella is significant for their own development and allows them to feel a sense of independence at an early age.

With the festive season upon us, there has never been a better time to shop some of our fabulous children’s umbrellas. But what are the key factors that will persuade you?

Funbrella-4
Funbrella-4

Colour & Illustrations

Although you may consider an umbrella to be a grown-up accessory, we design children’s umbrella with their age in mind. We champion the creativity and imagination of your little one and therefore provide umbrellas with fun and engaging illustrations including jungle animals, striking flowers and the Queen’s Guard — seeing as we have been appointed a Royal Warrant from the Queen herself.

Funbrella-2
Funbrella-2

Designed With Height In Mind

We don’t want your child to look uncomfortable when holding their brolly, and we want them to take pride in their new companion. To combat any problems of this kind, we’ve designed their umbrellas so that they’re lighter in weight and easier to hold — preventing any hand injuries when opening and closing the accessory.

Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston

Stylish For The Street And The ‘Gram

Your little one will become the most stylish kid on the block as an umbrella can truly bring any outfit together, especially when stormy weather occurs. Accompanied by a bright coat and wellington boots, your children can splash away in the puddles and you can capture some amazing memories for Instagram — slow-mo shots are a must!

Keeping You Both Dry

If you regularly walk outdoors to get from A to B, you can’t go without a brolly — that’s basic etiquette. Being prepared is essential, especially with irregular weather conditions here in the UK. If you want to keep both yourself and your child dry, your own umbrella won’t do, particularly because of the difference in your height. By gifting your little one their own brolly, you’ll be able to ensure that they don’t get wet as you hold your clear umbrella much higher!

With bold and beautiful colours, your little boy or girl will look even more adorable in the rain!

Santa Claus’ Christmas List | Fulton Umbrellas

We’re all counting down the days until Christmas Eve — cosy nights in by the fire watching our favourite festive films with the family. As the night comes to a close, families around the world will be preparing milk and cookies for Santa Claus and carrots for his merry crew.

The World Bank suggest that there are 7.53 billion people on the planet, and if each person believes in the Christmas spirit, Father Christmas will have a lot of milk and cookies to consume. Although we put these yummy treats out with good intentions, Santa Claus can become full after a while.

So what else could Santa benefit from this Christmas? Hmm… let’s think!

Jungle Chums
Jungle Chums

1.    Umbrella

As one of the leading manufacturers of umbrellas in the UK, we know that a windproof umbrella would make the perfect companion for Saint Nic on his travels. Breaking down the science behind Santa’s sleigh journey, if he has to travel 510,000,000km on Christmas Eve with around 32 hours to complete the job, he will be travelling 1,800 miles per second.

Of course, travelling at such speeds will be a challenge; don’t ask us how he does it, it’s one of the best kept secrets in the world. By using his windproof umbrella and positioning it at the front of his sled, he’ll be able to block the icy breeze and enjoy a much more comfortable ride.

Sat-Nav
Sat-Nav

2.    Sat-Nav

A little birdie from the North Pole tells us that Santa Claus still uses his magical map to find the homes of those on the Nice List — and has done so since the beginning of time. However, technology has developed rapidly since his first-ever journey across the world.

Equipped with a modern sat-nav or GPS system, he can plan his route more efficiently before he leaves the workshop. With the help of Mrs Claus, a route with multiple stops can be created to make sure that he doesn’t miss out any house during his trip.

Smartphone
Smartphone

3.    Smartphone

Everywhere you go, you’ll see someone casually scrolling through their smartphone. Although Saint Nic isn’t up to speed with the likes of Instagram and Snapchat, he could do with a device that allows him to make a few calls to his head elf back at home to make sure everything is running smoothly.

By installing apps like ‘Find My Friends’, Mrs Claus will also be able to track his whereabouts throughout the night to make sure that he’s safe.

4. Night Vision Goggles

Although Rudolph lights up the way with his bright red nose, it can still be difficult for Santa to see where he’s heading — and we know that children try to stay up super late to spot him in the sky. As this can become a problem during his shift, we propose night vision goggles!

Using this spy-like gadget, he can remain extremely discreet and be able to see where he is going at the same time! With Rudolph getting older now, it might be time for him to take some deserved time off work too…

5.    Wireless Headphones

We all know that no journey is complete without listening to music, so why should Santa and his reindeers miss out on this luxury? Using his new smartphone, he’ll be able to connect the two devices together and create a playlist for his trip around the world.

Of course, on that playlist he’ll need some Christmas songs. We reckon ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ by Mariah Carey, ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band Aid. What would you recommend?

With Christmas just around the corner, what have you asked Santa Claus for Christmas? Let us know! Remember to Get Festive with Fulton and shop our must-have Crimbo gifts this season too!

Famous Movie Remakes & Comebacks | Fulton Umbrellas

There’s always a storm of debate when movie studios announce that they’re remastering an old movie that we all know and love. From animation to live-action and even rehashed story lines, many film fanatics believe that studio bosses are becoming lazy and producing films that they know have worked well in the past — despite there being a demand for new stories on the screen.

Our team here at Fulton Umbrellas love a good trip to the cinema, and you can probably guess which remake we’re all anticipating for next month. In today’s blog posts, we take a look at what comebacks are soon to be released and what remakes have left a lasting impression.

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins is making a return to the silver screen in Disney’s reboot starring the fabulous Emily Blunt. Set 25 years after the original movie starring Julie Andrews and following the book series penned by P.L. Travers, this movie welcomes the governess’ return to the Banks family home on Cherry Tree Lane in London.

Cast your memory back to the first film and you’ll remember Mary gliding down from the skies with her umbrella to look after Michael and Jane Banks who were in desperate need of attention and adventure. This film follows a similar premise, where Poppins comes back to look after Michael’s three children after a tragic loss occurs in the family.

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins

Although Bert won’t be joining us in this film, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda plays a street lamplighter named Jack who was an apprentice of his — so don’t think you’ll lose that magical touch in the sequel.

This film is your perfect excuse to go to the cinema around Christmas time, with a set release of 21st December and will likely be practically perfect in every way! Just don’t forget your birdcage umbrella

Iconic Birdcage Umbrella
Iconic Birdcage Umbrella

A Star Is Born

Not too long ago, A Star Is Born hit the cinema and became an immediate blockbuster sensation with a soundtrack dominating the UK music charts. Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper 80 years after the original, the film series has had four instalments thus far and highlights how every era gets one to call its own.

The first movie which was released in 1937 stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March tells the story of a young girl soaring to make it in Hollywood as an actress, and the impromptu relationship she has with a well-established actor who is battling with alcoholism. The 1954 version featuring Judy Garland and James Mason is based on the original screenplay but is altered slightly to tell the tale of an aspiring singer who is convinced that she can make it in the movies.

However, you may be more familiar with the Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson remake which was released in 1976 and details the relationship of an upcoming female singer and a self-destructive rock star who fall in love. Similar to the 2018 release, the female singer’s career is ascending while the love interest declines as a result of an addiction — we think this one could win big at 2019’s Academy Awards!

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap will always be one of those feel-good films that we can never watch too many times – but which version is your favourite? Did you know that there were a few versions of the film before Lindsay Lohan took the role of Hallie Parker and Annie James in 1998?

The original film was released by Disney in 1961 and starred Hayley Mills as Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers, identical twins who were separated shortly after birth when their parents decided to divorce. When they were unexpectedly thrown together at the same summer camp, their looks and home life experiences allowed the pair to come to the realisation that they were in fact twin sisters. When summer camp came to a close, the two switched places and returned ‘home’ to the parent they never really knew. Sharon and Susan are soon reunited when they discover that their father intends to marry a child-hating gold-digger, and they must stop this from happening.

The 1998 version mirrors the same story, although the twins lived in separate counties with one growing up in London and the other in Napa Valley. This version however, did not see three television sequels and was not nominated for an Academy Award.

The Lion King
The Lion King

The Lion King

You can’t deny that you’re already itching with excitement that the first trailer for The Lion King has been released. Starring Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, the original animation is regarded as one of Disney’s best and even has a theatrical show off the back of it.

The animated movie was released back in 1994 with original songs from Elton John and a score by Hans Zimmer — which has remained at the heart of the movie since its release. The plot shows a pride of lions ruling over the animal kingdom from Pride Rock in Africa. When King Mufasa tragically dies as a result of his evil brother Scar, his son Simba is next in line to the throne who Scar also tries to eliminate.

We’re not certain whether this movie, which is set to be released in summer of 2019, will feature some of the iconic anthems from the original, but it would be a waste to not use the magnificent voices of the cast members.

Which movie remake is your favourite? And most importantly, what film will you next be seeing at the cinema?

Top 3 Most Stylish Modern Monarchs | Fulton Umbrellas

It’s no secret that over the centuries, British monarchs have used fashion as a tool of power to influence decisions and to convey diplomatic messages to both their own subjects and people around the world. As a company that holds a Royal Warrant, we thought we’d take the opportunity to discuss some of the most stylish monarchs in history. Find out who made our list below!

Ascending to the power in 1952 following the sudden death of her father, Elizabeth II has become the longest reigning monarch in British history at the age of 92. Although fashion trends have notoriously changed since her coronation, The Queen is known to only adopted those that suit her personal style.

As she took to the throne at the young age of 25, her wardrobe has been the most documented for a royal and as a result, has highlighted a great shift in royal fashion throughout her years as sovereign.

During her initial years as Head of State, The Queen didn’t drastically change her style and stuck with the former choice of attire she had as Princess Elizabeth. The monarch identified with popular female fashion during the 1950s and often wore feminine dresses that were cinched at the waist to create a gracious flow with any movement. This type of look was often accompanied with by a pearl necklace, pearl earrings, elbow-length gloves, signature hair-pieces and of course, a petite handbag.

The 1960s found The Queen encounter more formal occasions than usual — with her trip to Malta and President Nixon’s visit to London highly anticipated around the world. Throughout this time, she occasionally wore sleeveless silk dresses which was deemed unusual for someone in such a position, but she intended to remain youthful as Queen and achieved just that. This look slightly changed depending on circumstance though, a fur over-jacket was sometimes paired with the dress if the event was held outside of a royal household. However, both occasions would use an elegant tiara to draw the entire look together.

The Queen was approaching her 50s when she started to adjust her appearance and opt for a more formal look that continued to stun crowds. Depending on the affair, this was the period where The Queen was known to become more adventurous with her gowns. Take the Royal Film Performance of ‘Funny Lady’ in 1975 for example, she wore a pastel pink dress which was embellished with golden and blue features. The Queen’s jewellery became extravagant too and was better coordinated with her chosen attire.

When entering the 80s, we seemingly moved away from pastel hues and women shifted their looks to bright and bold tones, including Queen Elizabeth. You can probably picture Her Majesty on the balcony of Buckingham Palace wearing that iconic blue dress at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981. As well as this, when the Queen carried out a state visit to Australia in 1986, she was spotted wearing a padded-shoulder dress in bright yellow that also had black dots. This was accompanied by a patterned scarf, black gloves and a slimline hat – this decade was great for women’s fashion.

The 90s and 2000s have been plain sailing for Queen Elizabeth, and her current style isn’t afraid to be influenced by previous looks. Today, you will see her wrapped up in a colourful coat and a matching hat that has become her signature style – and when the weather permits, you will see her use one of Fulton Umbrella’s birdcage umbrellas.

Queen Victoria wasn’t always confident with her fashion decisions, but it’s believed that she paved the way for modern monarch fashion and has influenced many royals today. Reigning from 1837 to 1876, Victoria’s early diary entries suggested that she had a key interest in women’s fashion from a young age.

It’s thought that the monarch used fashion to minimise her husband Prince Albert’s insecurities – as he would always one station below her as Prince Consort. To show her appreciation and love to her husband, she hosted a ‘costume ball’ at Buckingham Palace in 1842 where they dressed as Queen Philippa and King Edward III, allowing him to wear an actual crown.

Victoria was ahead of her time and used fashion to align with the values of the people she met, especially when carrying out her duties across different countries. For example, when she visited Scotland, she wore tartan and when she visited Ireland, her clothing featured shamrocks.

As photography became more mainstream during her sovereignty and her image became more widespread, Victoria used this as an opportunity to show herself as a more relatable public figure. For photoshoots, she often wore clothes that normal woman would wear – such as cotton dresses and bonnets.

However, one of Victoria’s most notable fashion choices was to never wear colour again following her husband’s death and even insisted that her ladies in waiting dressed the same. Images have shown that she tended to wear black dresses, black stockings, handkerchiefs that were embroidered with monograms and a black fan.

Recognised as the man who gave up the throne for love, King Edward VIII abdicated from his position in 1936 to marry his American sweetheart, Wallis Simpson after 12 months as sovereign. Just like his decision on giving up the crown, Edward often liked to challenge convention and rebel against the rules that society had set out for him – and this was often reflected in his fashion and lifestyle choices.

The now Duke of Windsor was known for his bold sense of style and had his clothing made with comfort in mind, regularly referring this to ‘dressing soft’. Photographs from the royal collection have shown that Edward was very confident with pattern designs in his suits and fashion experts have claimed that he was able to carry this off due to cutting techniques. This included high jacket waists that were able to create a longer leg look.

Although he spent most of his time in France, Edward was extremely fond of Scottish tweeds and Fair Isle sweaters and had them used for his wardrobe as opposed to modern fabrics that were dominating Europe’s fashion scene. So much so that he continually used the same tailor – Scholte of Savile Row – who designed with the Duke’s personality in mind. Often, his outfits were made with larger pockets to hold his cigarette case and elastic waists, so he didn’t have to wear suspenders. Adding to the modern look, he always preferred a zip fly rather than buttoned.

12 years before his death in 1972, an inventory of his entire wardrobe was taken. It was discovered that Edward owned 15 evening suits, 55 lounge suits and three formal suits.

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