1. THE ROYAL BABY ARRIVED
2. BRIDGET JONES IS BACK
Twelve years after Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason debuted, author Helen Fielding revealed the cover for our heroine’s next chapter, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy – and it looks like the unlucky-in-love lady could be settled down and with child. “My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too,” Fielding said in a press.
3. RPATZ'S DIOR DEBUT
4. THE BEATLES TAKE BROADWAY
Beatlemania struck all over again when Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles opened on Broadway at the St. James Theater on July 24. Having debuted in London a year ago to mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s first record, the show is the third such tribute to the Beatles to land in New York – but New York Times critic Anita Gates dubbed it “by far the best of the bunch … the performers are outstanding, as nostalgia substitutes and as musicians in their own right.”
5. PIPPA GOT A NEW GIG
While big sister Kate embarked on motherhood, Pippa Middleton hit a milestone of her own, making her debut as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, and penning her first column on her love of tennis. “We look forward to her take on traditional English pursuits, beginning with Wimbledon,” said editor Graydon Carter.
6. PERCY PIG TURNED 21
Percy Pig is officially legal! The beloved British treat, a gummy made from fruit juices, celebrated its 21st birthday. “The original Percy has been around a long time now, and there’s a nostalgia attached to that because a generation of people have grown up with him,” said Lucky Clark, a product developer for Percy’s maker, Marks amp Spencer. The candy is so popular that two are eaten every second.
7. THE QUEEN'S CORONATION FESTIVAL
Following her Diamond Jubilee tour, Queen Elizabeth marked 60 years of rule with Buckingham Palace’s Coronation Festival, where businesses that provide goods and services to the royal family showcased their products. Though steeped in tradition, the occasion led to a first for the monarch: Her Majesty posed for a photo with a 7-year-old girl, Jessica Fitch, and her teddy bear, despite typically not allowing such photo opportunities.
8. J.K. ROWLING'S BIG REVEAL
Less than a year after the release of her first non-Harry Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling found herself back on best-seller lists when she was revealed as the true author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said of her pen name. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
9. EMMY FELL IN LOVE WITH BRITS
With the July 18 announcement of Emmy nominations, English actors continued to wrack up the accolades, most notably Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones, who scored a best supporting actress nod, and the cast of Downton Abbey, which received acting nominations for stars Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith and Jim Carter. Fellow English thespians who were nominated include Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Imelda Staunton and Diana Rigg.
10. MR. DARCY BECAME AN ICON
Colin Firth, is that you? To commemorate an iconic scene from the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride amp Prejudice, in which Firth portrayed Mr. Darcy, a 12-foot statue depicting his dripping wet exit from the water post-swim has been temporarily installed in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, London. The statue will tour the U.K. before arriving at its final destination in Lyme Park, Cheshire, where the scene was filmed.
11. A BABY FOR ZARA, TOO
12. MURRAY WON WIMBLEDON
Talk about seventh heaven! On July 7, Andy Murray, who hails from Scotland, became the first Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years, defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. “I understand how much everyone wanted to see a British winner at Wimbledon so I hope you enjoyed it,” he told the crowd. “I tried my best.”
13. ANDREW WENT A-TWITTER
14. ADELE WAS IMMORTALIZED IN WAX
15. THE OLDEST MAN MARKED 110 YEARS
On July 6, Britain’s oldest man, Ralph Tarrant, celebrated his 110th birthday in spectacular style, knocking back a glass or two of whiskey. “There’s no secret to getting old,” he told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll keep going as long as I can.” Tarrant and his wife, Phyllis, were Britain’s longest-married couple at 79 years until her passing in 2012 at age 102. The couple has two daughters, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.