Need to Know: Lego model of the Queen unveiled

Posted on May 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Need to Know: Lego model of the Queen unveiled

A miniature model of the Queen, wearing a crown encrusted with real diamonds, will go on display at UK Legoland next month to celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation.

Lego model of the Queen unveiled

The model is topped with a 1.5 centimetre-high rhodium-coated silver crown encrusted with 48 tiny diamonds


3:11PM BST 14 May 2013

Visitors to the main theme park in Windsor, as well as the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester, will get to see the model over the upcoming bank holiday weekend and during the May half term.

It will be topped with a 1.5 centimetre-high rhodium-coated silver crown encrusted with 48 tiny diamonds.

The piece was created by the British jewellery designer Dinny Hall, whose previous clients include Prince William, Samantha Cameron, Sienna Miller and Annie Lennox.

The miniature Queen will stand 10 centimetres high, including the crown, and will appear on the balcony of a Lego Buckingham Palace, joined by miniature models of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The figure will be on view at Legoland Windsor from May 25 to 27 before being moved to Manchester from May 31 to June 2.

Last year, Legoland Windsor launched a new ‘Lego Star Wars Miniland Experience’, featuring 2,000 models, and special sound and lighting effects that depict seven scenes from the film series.

The attraction also opened a hotel last year within the walls of its popular theme park, which features 1,600 Lego models and themed rooms.

Following the election of Barack Obama in 2009, Legoland California built a depiction of his inauguration, complete with tiny spectators lining the streets and a police motorcade.

Legoland Windsor unveiled a mosaic of JK Rowling in 2009 made from 48,000 Lego bricks as a tribute to the author of the Harry Potter series.

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Elephant-man John Roberts: Anantara’s new Worldwide Conservation Director

Posted on May 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Elephant-man John Roberts: Anantara’s new Worldwide Conservation Director

John Roberts Anantara's Conservation Director

John Roberts has been Director of Elephants at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort since 2003. He heard of the new elephant camp being set up at a luxury resort in Thailand’s lush jungle and was drawn to Anantara’s ambition of creating unforgettable adventures for guests, as well as becoming a role model for elephant welfare and helping all of Thailand’s elephants.

Set up in 2003 as a traditional mahout village, Anantara Golden Triangle’s Elephant Camp works alongside Anantara’s Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) to perform street rescues, provide ongoing employment and a comfortable lifestyle for each elephant and its entire mahout family, as well as to participate in bigger picture projects.  Fully self sufficient, the Camp now supports more than 25 elephants and 60 people.  All elephants receive the utmost care, while the mahout and his family receive food, housing, medical insurance, schooling for their children, and 100% of the profits from a traditional silk weaving business.

It’s a remarkable experience that has been well embraced by visitors from around the world. John Roberts has been rewarded by being appointed Worldwide Conservation Director for all Anantara properties worldwide that will now benefit from John’s conservation knowledge, experience and passion. Roberts’ skills in minimising environmental damage will play a role in developing new Anantara properties. He will also draw on his impressive knowledge of scientific conservation trends and technologies to recommend best sustainable practices and assist with Green Globe certification.

The goal is that John Roberts will continue to work closely with scientists and universities, both foreign and Thai, and will ensure that conservation initiatives produce viable scientific data.   These insider relationships will enable him to identify and develop projects which Anantara properties can become involved with, and where appropriate be incorporated into unique guest activities.


Background: Combining his academic background in science and engineering with his interest in the natural world, Roberts spent many years travelling the globe in search of conservation volunteer roles.  From fighting fires and making trails in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in the desert of West Texas, his knowledge of fires was put to good use in the remote parks of Northern Australia.  At Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in Chitwan National Park, Nepal he helped with the International Trust for Nature Conservation’s tiger research and other projects.

As Anantara’s conservation guru he will propose and oversee resort projects of a philanthropic and eco-friendly nature. For instance, Roberts will help Anantara hideaways around the world implement the brand’s “365 Days of Good Deeds” initiative.

“Since 2001, Anantara has been committed to creating luxury travel experiences that emphasise the greater good of all, with properties across Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, the Maldives and Middle East immersing themselves in initiatives that give back to our precious planet and help people in need,” Mr. Roberts explains.  Throughout 2013 at least one good deed will take place every day.  Whether it’s rescuing street elephants in Thailand, promoting marine turtle protection in Phuket, enhancing coral rejuvenation in the Maldives or supporting local farmers in Indonesia, Anantara is dedicated to mindful preservation in each of its exotic locations around the world.   Moreover the “365 Days of Good Deeds” programme invites guests to combine their five star escape with Anantara’s sustainable endeavours, ultimately making the Anantara Experience even more rewarding.”

For more information on Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds please visit


Elephant dismount

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