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The world will bid a final "goodbye and thank you, Ma'am" to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral on Monday, September 19 at London's Westminster Abbey.

While the service for Her Majesty, who passed away September 8, will be attended by 2,000 family, friends, dignitaries, and heads of state, the event is expected to draw a record 4.1 billion viewers from around the world.

In the United States, every major network, broadcast outlet, and streaming service will provide coverage. And in Fort Worth, viewers will need to get up before the sun to tune in live. The funeral starts at 5 am local time, with many noteworthy events happening before and after it (see schedule, below).

Here is a complete guide to the network, cable, and streaming service coverage, per the L.A. Times and Hollywood Reporter. (All times are local to Fort Worth.)

Networks (television and streaming):

  • PBS: PBS will carry the BBC’s live coverage from London, starting at 3 am. A primetime special, The State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II: Events of the Day, will then be broadcast at 7 pm.
  • ABC: David Muir and Robin Roberts will anchor coverage, starting at 4:30 am.
  • NBC: Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, and Lester Holt will anchor coverage, starting at 4:30 am.
  • CBS: Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will anchor coverage (time TBA).

Cable networks (television and streaming):

  • BBC America: Coverage from London will start at 3 am.
  • CNN: Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will anchor coverage starting at 4 am, with additional anchors and reporters joining throughout the morning.
  • MSNBC: Chris Jansing will anchor coverage, beginning at 2 am, following with a special edition of Morning Joe from London and continuing through services.
  • C-SPAN: Live coverage will begin at 4:30 am.
  • Bloomberg TV: Live coverage will run from 4-6:30 am.
  • Fox News Channel: Martha MacCallum, Ainsley Earhardt, and Piers Morgan will anchor coverage, starting at 2 am.

Other streaming options:

  • BritBox will stream BBC live coverage, starting at 3:30 am.
  • BBC is live-streaming from London, 24 hours a day, on their news app and at www.bbc.com/news. (Click on the Queen Elizabeth II tab.)
  • ITV News offers live-streaming at www.itv.com/news and through YouTube.
  • Sky News offers live-streaming at news.sky.com, as well as through Peacock and YouTube.
  • Subscription-based streaming platforms (with free trials available) will be streaming the funeral, including: FuboTV, Sling, YouTube TV, Peacock Premium, Hulu + Live TV, and Paramount+. The service will be available to stream on regular Hulu as soon as it concludes.

Schedule of events

The funeral service itself will begin at 11 am in London (BST), which is 5 am in Fort Worth (CDT). The service is expected to last about an hour, but it's preceded and followed by other events that also will be broadcast. Here is a schedule of events for the day, according to this handy guide from BBC. All times below are CDT.

12:30 am: The Queen's lying-in-state at Westminster Hall will end. Hundreds of thousands (including soccer legend David Beckham) have been "queueing up" and waiting in line up to 14 hours to walk by her coffin and pay their respects. The BBC is live-streaming the lying-in-state here.

2 am: The doors of Westminster Abbey will open for guests to begin arriving for the state funeral. Heads of state — including U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden — will attend, as will royal family members from across Europe (many of whom were blood relatives of the Queen). Find the guest list here.

4:44 am: About 15 minutes before the funeral, the Queen's coffin will be carried, via gun carriage, from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. Senior members of the royal family (including King Charles and princes William and Harry) will follow the coffin in the procession.

5 am: The funeral at Westminster Abbey begins. It will be presided over by the Dean of Westminster David Hoyle and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

5:55 am: Near the end of the funeral, a bugle call called "Last Post" will be played, and two minutes of silence will be observed nationally across the UK. Then the "new" national anthem "God Save the King" will be sung and a lament will be played by the Queen's piper.

6:15 am: A walking procession — including military bands and members of the armed services — will draw the coffin from the Abbey to Wellington Arch.

7 am: The coffin will be transferred to a state hearse for its final journey to Windsor.

9 am: The state hearse will arrive in Windsor for a walking procession up Windsor Castle's Long Walk. Members of the armed forces will line the three-mile route, and members of the royal family will meet the cortege outside the castle.

10 am: The coffin will enter St. George's Chapel for a committal service attended by a congregation of 800. At the conclusion of the 45-minute service, the Queen's coffin will be lowered into the royal vault, and the royal family will leave the chapel. The service will include many traditions symbolizing the end of the Queen's reign, including the removal of the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and scepter from the top of the coffin. (Read more about what to expect here.)

1:30 pm: The Queen will be buried together with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel inside St. George's Chapel. The private ceremony is just for family, and it is unclear whether any part of it will be made public.

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Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan to receive prestigious Texas Medal of Arts Award

Honoring Texans

Weatherford's own Taylor Sheridan will receive the state's highest honor for achievement in the arts, a Texas Medal of Arts Award, in 2023.

The Yellowstone and 1883 creator — and honorary Fort Worthian — is one of 11 medal recipients announced at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth on Wednesday, September 14.

Another high profile honoree is country superstar Miranda Lambert, who also became an honorary Fort Worthian when she was inducted in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame last year.

Actor Luke Wilson, a Dallas native, is an honoree, as is Dallas-based designer Lela Rose.

The complete list of 2023 Texas Medal of Arts Award recipients is:

  • Film/Producer: Taylor Sheridan, Weatherford
  • Music/Songwriter: Miranda Lambert, Lindale
  • Film/Actor: Luke Wilson, Dallas
  • Design: Lela Rose, Dallas
  • Arts/Health: Center for Performing Arts Medicine, Houston
  • Lifetime Achievement/Musical Theatre: Carole Cook, Abilene
  • Music: Christopher Cross, San Antonio
  • Architecture: Miró Rivera Architects, Austin
  • Visual Arts: Deborah Roberts, Austin
  • Literary Arts: Benjamin Alire Saenz, El Paso
  • Dance: Septime Webre, Brownsville

The medals will be awarded at the 11th biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards on February 21-22, 2023, in Austin. One of the Lone Star State's premier arts events, the glittering awards ceremony, presented by the nonprofit Texas Cultural Trust, is making its post-pandemic return in 2023.

Celebrating the creative contributions of Texans across multiple disciplines, the 2023 event will reflect and look ahead to the role the arts play in our lives and communities, according to a release. Texas Culture Trust 2019 TMAA honoree Brandon Maxwell will chair the event.

A statewide group of experts selected the 2023 TMAA honorees across a wide variety of creative disciplines.

“The state of Texas is fortunate to have been the birthplace of a vast number of incredibly creative and talented artists in every medium,” says TXCT board of directors executive committee member Judy Robison in the release.

Since 2001, the TMAA has celebrated 118 Texas leaders and luminaries for their creative talents, excellence, and generosity.

Sheridan is the brains behind the TV sensationYellowstone and its acclaimed prequel 1883 (plus forthcoming spinoffs 6666, 1923, and 1883: The Bass Reeves Story). He's also creator of the hit series of Mayor of Kingstown and Oscar-nominated writer of the film Hell or High Water.

Paramount Plus' highly rated 1883 was filmed in and around Fort Worth last year. It was a sensible choice for Sheridan, who went to Fort Worth's Paschal High School and lives with his wife, Nicole (a board member of the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame), on a Bosque Ranch in Weatherford. A couple of 1883 episodes were set in Fort Worth.

Powered by the success of 1883 and Yellowstone, Fort Worth recently shot onto a prestigious list of top filmmaking cities for first time; the city landed at No. 25 on Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, an annual list compiled by Los Angeles-based publication MovieMaker. He will receive the 2022 Larry McMurtry Award at the Lone Star Film Festival Gala, on November 11 at Fort Worth's Hotel Drover.

For more information on the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, visit the website.


Hannah J. Frias contributed to this story.

Taylor Sheridan with wife Nicole at the 1883 premiere.

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Taylor Sheridan with wife Nicole at the 1883 premiere.
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7 spectacular surprises inside Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Fixer Upper castle in Waco

Royal revelation

“Are you ready to see your fixer upper?” the enthusiastic tour guide asked, channeling Chip and Joanna Gaines and their famous “big reveal” line from TV’s Fixer Upper. This time, it wasn't the home owners waiting outside a first glimpse at their home makeover; it was a small group of tourists gathered on the porch, ready to step inside the Gaineses’ most ambitious renovation project yet — a century-old castle in Waco.

For the first time ever, Texas’ king and queen of renovation have unlocked the doors and let the public into one of their famed fixer-uppers before it’s featured on their Magnolia Network show.

Known as the historic Cottonland Castle, this three-story, 6,700-square-foot residence was started in 1890 and finished in 1913. The Gaineses purchased the dilapidated structure in 2019 and designed and executed a regal flip that will be featured on an eight-episode special called Fixer Upper: Welcome Home – The Castle, beginning October 14.

They plan to sell it in the fall. But before a home sale comes an open house, and for three months only — through October 29 — the castle is open six days a week for guided tours.

Hour-long castle expeditions take visitors through every room, nook, and cranny — from turret to toilettes. Knowledgeable guides dispense history, impart design information, and reveal behind-the-scenes stories from Chip and Jo that may or may not make it on TV.

For Fixer Upper fans, Magnolia maniacs, and Gaines gangs in Fort Worth, it’s worth the 90-minute drive down I-35 to experience the castle transformation in real life before it hits the small screen. A tour offers the very rare chance to walk through the door (in this case, a 10-foot-tall, 400-pound, solid-oak door) into the world of a Chip-and-Jo reno.

Without revealing too much, here are seven fun surprises you’ll find behind the castle walls.

1. History meets homey. A castle museum, this is not.

“Chip and Joanna’s vision was that they really wanted to honor it with historical pieces but also make it more practical for the modern family that’s going to live here in the future,” guide Megan Shuler said at the beginning of the tour.

While many original features — including seven fireplaces — were restored, the castle has been fixed up as a home for the future, not a shrine to the past. One-of-a-kind and collected antiques (such as the kingly dining room table from Round Top, Texas) blend with pieces from the Gaineses’ own Magnolia Home collection. A 17-page “Castle Sourcebook” lists design elements and products and where to buy them. And in the ultimate modern touch — a branding tie-in — a forthcoming “Colors of the Castle” paint collection will be available through Magnolia this fall.

2. Sweet nods to the castle’s past. Posted on the wall in the foyer is a poem written by Alfred Abeel, the owner who completed construction in 1913. It talks of making the castle “‘home sweet home’ all seasons of the year.”

On the center of the dining room fireplace mantel is Abeel’s family crest, along with the phrase (in Latin), “God’s providence saves me.” Next to it, children’s heights are recorded from the 1930s to the early 2000s, the last time a family lived here.

3. A cozy nook in the turret. The original design was modeled after a small castle on the Rhine River in Germany, and there is one tower turret. A space historically used (in “real” castles) for military defense has, here, been turned into one of the coziest corners of the house. Tucked into a corner next to the winding staircase, two comfy chairs sit under an antique-y light fixture from Austria. It's the perfect place to curl up with a book from the library upstairs.

4. Rooms with storylines. “One of the challenges Chip and Joanna had when they bought the castle was, there was no one, really, they were designing it for,” Shuler explained. “So they would create storylines for each room to help tell their story.”

Two of the four bedrooms, for example, are the “boy’s bedroom,” and “girl’s bedroom.” The storylines are that the future homeowner’s son would come back from college and stay in his childhood bedroom, and that the future homeowner’s granddaughters would stay in the room while hanging out at the grandparents’ house.

The boy’s room contains more masculine furnishings and decor, including a watercolor portrait of Roy Lane, the famous architect who helped complete the castle. The girl’s room is painted in “Rose Pink,” a color named after Joanna’s grandmother.

5. Bodacious bathrooms. There are three-and-a-half “throne rooms” in the castle, and they’re some of the prettiest spaces, mixing metals, woods, and tiles; even original radiators look like works of art. One of the most spectacular rooms in the house, in fact, is a grand, gleaming bathroom — which (tease!) will be fully revealed on the show.

6. Party in the basement. “Gathering spaces” are a hallmark of Chip and Jo’s homes, and in the castle, they take place in the dungeon — er, basement. A “card room” for poker games or family game nights sits next to the family room, which houses the only TV in the castle. The guest bedroom’s also in the basement, along with a laundry room and a former wine cellar now left “blank” for the new owners to reimagine.

7. Behind-the-scenes tales and tidbits. Fixer Upper devotees will devour the charming and quirky tidbits about the Gaineses shared throughout the tour. There are a few design elements and furnishings originally meant for their own home, including an item banished to the castle by their daughters. There’s a fun story about what Chip did when they found bones — yes, bones — in the basement. And, the prime selfie spot for Fixer Upper fans is a large mirror that, the tour guides say, Joanna used to touch up her makeup during the filming of the show.

Castle tour tickets, $50, are available through the website, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting The Cove nonprofit organization. (Note that the home does not have an elevator and requires guests’ ability to access three staircases.)

Tips for a Magnolia pilgrimage in Waco:
Shop: No castle jaunt would be complete without a stop at the Magnolia Silos complex. A new 8:15 am tour, offered Monday through Saturday, takes visitors behind the scenes and on the roof before the crowds (and the heat) arrive. Hint: August is a “slower” month at the Silos, and Tuesday through Thursday are less crowded. Tour tickets are $25 and come with a free coffee from Magnolia Press.

Eat: Chip and Joanna’s Magnolia Table cafe stays busy all day, every day. If you don’t have time to wait for a table, visit the takeaway market next door. Grab to-go items like pimiento cheese and crackers, a butter flight, banana pudding, and chicken salad sandwiches, and enjoy them on a table outside (if it's not too hot).

Stay: Availability at Magnolia’s four vacation rentals can be hard to come by, but watch the website for nights to pop open. Make it a girls’ getaway with a stay at the grand Hillcrest Estate (which sleeps 12), or go solo and book the darling Hillcrest Cottage, the Gaineses’ newest and smallest lodging, which opened in fall 2021. A forthcoming Magnolia boutique hotel, in the historic Grand Karem Shrine building downtown, is slated to open in 2024.

The castle will be on tour only through the end of October, before it's featured on a special season of Fixer Upper - Wecome Home.

Fixer Upper castle Waco
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The castle will be on tour only through the end of October, before it's featured on a special season of Fixer Upper - Wecome Home.
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Kendrick Lamar's Fort Worth-filmed 'N95' video nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards

Hip-Hop news

The explosive music video for hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar's hit "N95" — which features prominent Fort Worth landmarks — has been nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, and the public can help vote one to victory.

The Grammy-winning lyrical genius dropped the video in May, and to Fort Worth fans' surprise, it included scenes shot at the Kimbell Art Museum's Renzo Piano Pavilion, the Active Pool at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, and more.

Lamar had worked with Fort Worth-based Red Productions to scout locations to match his ideas for the shoot.

To date, the video has more than 41 million views on YouTube. And now, some awards can come home to Fort Worth (fingers crossed).

Visit Fort Worth announced in a July 26 Facebook post that the video — and Red Productions — had been nominated for two of the prestigious MTV awards: Best Hip Hop and Best Cinematography.

In the Best Hip Hop category, Lamar's "N95" is up against:

  • Eminem & Snoop Dogg – “From The D 2 The LBC”
  • Future ft. Drake, Tems – “WAIT FOR U”
  • Latto – “Big Energy”
  • Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Baby – “Do We Have A Problem?”
  • Pusha T – “Diet Coke”

Best Hip Hop is one of 22 vote-able categories, meaning fans can vote for their favorites at vote.mtv.com, up to 20 times per day. Voting started Tuesday, July 26 and closes Friday, August 19

Best Cinematography will not be voted on by fans. Lamar is also nominated for a collaboration with Baby Keem. In addition to "N95," the nominees are:

  • Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “family ties”
  • Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran – “Bam Bam”
  • Harry Styles – “As It Was”
  • Normani ft. Cardi B – “Wild Side”
  • Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”

Lamar (who just played a show in Dallas July 23) is tied with Jack Harlow and Lil Nas X for the most nominations, at seven apiece.

Red Sanders, owner of Red Productions, told WFAA he hopes the success of "N95" will lead to more film and music opportunities in Fort Worth. "This was a very collaborative piece both with the city and with the film commission. With the museums and the cultural district," he said.

The VMAs will take place Sunday, August 28, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. According to Billboard, the show will simulcast on The CW Network, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Pop, TVLand, and VH1.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Fixer Upper castle is opening for tours in Waco

Hear ye, year ye

Sound the trumpets! Texas' king and queen of home renovations, Chip and Joanna Gaines, are opening the doors to their castle and letting peasants traipse in.

Okay, so it's not a real royal castle — it's a historic castle-style home in Waco that they've just renovated — but the invitation still stands.

For the first time ever, the public will get to step inside a Fixer Upper property before it's featured on the Gaineses' home-reno show. According to Magnolia Network, the castle's painstaking and Herculean renovation will be the subject of the eight-episode special Fixer Upper: Welcome Home – The Castle, airing in September.

But before the show airs, the couple is offering intimate guided tours of the century-old structure in Waco's posh Castle Heights neighborhood, July 21 through October 26, 2022.

The Gaineses told The Insider that the tours will give Fixer Upper fans a look at every room in the castle and will focus on Joanna's approach to designing the house. The project, they said, has reminded them of the power of "beauty in unexpected places."

"For nearly 20 years, we dreamed and imagined what it would be like to breathe new life into this abandoned, century-old castle," they told the magazine. "Finally having the opportunity, we're again reminded that there's great reward in unearthing beauty in unexpected places. The doors are open once again, and we can't wait to host you here at the castle so you can experience this stunning historical home in all its glory,"

A Magnolia representative calls the castle "the most historic restoration project that Chip and Jo have ever done."

The three-story, 6,700-square-foot castle — located at 3300 Austin Ave. — became known around Waco as the Cottonland Castle. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, construction started in 1890 and was completed in 1913. "[The] finished residence, modeled after a German castle on the Rhine River," the Trib says, "included a tower, servants’ quarters, eight fireplaces and interior touches such as Italian Carrara marble, Honduran mahogany paneling and Caen stone from France, according to the wacohistory.org account."

Joanna wrote in a blog post that she and Chip had been eyeing the property for a long time. "We’d drive by often, and Chip never ceased dreaming aloud about how fun it would be to restore the house to its former glory," she wrote. "Sure, he had heard rumors of the water damage inside and the serious plumbing problems and the tangles of knob- and-tube wiring. But those things couldn’t keep this dreamer from dreaming and imagining what it would be like to breathe new life into the old place."

The Gaineses bought the property in 2019. According to the Trib, the price they paid was not disclosed, "but the property was listed at $425,000 and had a tax appraisal of $350,700 at the time. It is now appraised at $1,127,470 for tax purposes."

The public tours are also an open house of sorts. Eventually, a Magnolia representative says, the castle will be made available for purchase. Tour attendees will get to see the home staged exactly how it will be shown on the show this fall, the website says.

Tour tickets are $50 per person (kids age 7 and younger are free), with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting The Cove nonprofit organization; they're on sale now. (Note that home does not have an elevator and requires guests’ ability to access three staircases, they say.)

For more information and tickets, visit the website.

Jo and Chip in front of a Caen stone fireplace in the Cottonland Castle.

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Jo and Chip in front of a Caen stone fireplace in the Cottonland Castle.
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Where to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's happy and glorious Platinum Jubilee in Dallas-Fort Worth

Crowning achievement

Hip hip, hooray! After months of breathless anticipation worldwide, it's officially time to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

The Platinum Jubilee marks the Queen's "happy and glorious" 70-year reign — a tenure achieved by no other British monarch. (Her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria "only" made it to a 60-year, Diamond Jubilee, in 1897.)

To commemorate the special anniversary, events are taking place throughout the year in the U.K. and other Commonwealth territories, but they all culminate in a spectacular four-day extravaganza, June 2-5. (Officially "bank holiday" days off for the lucky Brits.) They'll start with the famed "Trooping the Colour" military parade (i.e., "The Queen's Birthday Parade") and will include a big church service, horse derby, celebrity-studded concert, pageant, and international lunch date.

Across the pond in Dallas-Fort Worth, Anglophiles can fete the Queen at several British establishments. Or raise a cuppa and watch the coverage of all the regal events at home.

Jubilee in person

Jubilee Open House at the British Emporium
The U.K. gift and grocery superstore in Grapevine is the epicenter of all things British in Dallas-Fort Worth — and that includes the Jubilee. The store is stocked with official commemorative Jubilee merchandise such as china, tea towels, shopping bags, and books, along with party supplies and goodies for at-home parties. (Note these are available at the Richardson location, too.)

The Jubilee celebrations started here with a parade of corgis and cars on May 15. They continue through Jubilee Weekend with a special two-day open house, from 12-4 pm June 4-5. Guests can purchase raffle tickets to win a limited-edition Barbie Signature Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Doll and other prizes, with proceeds going to Grace nonprofit of Grapevine. (Tickets are one for $5, three for $10, or eight for $20.)

In addition, two local authors who have written books about Britain and the Royal Family will be on hand for book signings, Nancy Churnin (Saturday from 12-2 pm) and Hazel Spire (Sunday from 12-2 pm).

Guests can nosh on favorite British sweets and treats on both afternoons, and each day, a limited number of goody bags will be available for those who make a purchase of $10 or more.

Platinum Jubilee Brunch at The Londoner
Both locations of this British pub — Addison and Colleyville — will celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70-year reign with a Platinum Jubilee Brunch, being served from 11 am-3 pm June 4 only. Dishes include Platinum Scones and Sweets, a special twist on a Waldorf Chicken Salad, and more. (Regular brunch items will be available, too.)

Raise a glass with a mimosa, Pimm's Cup, or a special cocktail crafted for the day — Queen's Cup (Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, sparkling wine, strawberry, and lemon) or the English Rose (Hendrick's Gin, basil syrup, lemon juice, cucumber, club soda). Call 972-458-2444 (Addison) or 817-684-8810 (Colleyville), or visit the website to reserve, as they expect spots to fill up.

Platinum Jubilee Trifle at Fish & Fizz
The acclaimed British restaurant in Richardson is making a special Platinum Jubilee Trifle, which will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, for dine in or takeout. It's $10, and no, that doesn't include their top-secret recipe.

Royal Tea at The French Room
Celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her majesty’s 70th year as the British Monarch at The Adolphus Hotel’s French Room. Partake in her favorite tea sandwiches and treats paired with British bubbles. Tickets are $75 per person ($35 for children 12 and under), plus tax and service charge. Limited reservations are available Wednesday through Friday, June 8-10, from 11 am-3 pm.

God Save the Queens Tea Party at Dude, Sweet Chocolate
This colorful tea party (advertised with an image of a man wearing a tiara) celebrates the intersection of Jubilee Week and Pride Month. "Our tea parties are not your run of the mill high tea experiences. Join us for a unique tea party in a unique location (our chocolate factory) and broaden your cultural and food horizons," reads the event description. It happens 12-2 pm June 4 at Dude, Sweet Chocolate "Mothership," 1340 Inwood Rd., Dallas Tickets are $59 per person. (Note: As of June 1, the event has sold out; call 214-879-1991 to inquire.)

Jubilee on TV

There will be a plethora of TV specials and live coverage of events from the U.K. throughout the weekend. According to Deadline, U.S. viewers will be able to watch most of the official Jubilee events (the ones the Queen and members of the Royal Family are expected to attend) on ABC News (broadcast and streaming) following an agreement struck between the network and BBC Studios.

ABC says in a release, "The Royal Jubilee: 70 Years on the Throne" will include a number of events as part of ABC News' coverage, beginning with the official start of the Jubilee celebration on Thursday, June 2, through Saturday, June 5, including "Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour"; "Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee," the traditional lighting of more than 1,500 beacons across the nation and the Commonwealth; "Platinum Jubilee: A Service of Thanksgiving," live from St. Paul's Cathedral in London; "Platinum Party at The Palace," featuring performances from artists around the world; "The Platinum Pageant"; and "Platinum Jubilee: What a Weekend!"

ABC News Digital will have live coverage of the Jubilee celebrations, including a live blog, livestream video of select events, and daily video highlights of the best moments across "GMA" Digital and social, as well as features on all facets of the queen: from the monarch's life and legacy to her fashion and corgis. Schedule highlights are as follows (times are local to DFW):

Thursday, June 2
Trooping the Colour: 4 am, ABC News and BBC One (A special edition of Good Morning America will start at 4 am on WFAA/Channel 8.)
Lighting up the Jubilee: 2 pm, ABC News and BBC One

Friday, June 3
A Service of Thanksgiving: 3:15 am, BBC One

Saturday, June 4
Platinum Party at the Palace: 1:30 pm, ABC News and BBC One (ABC News will air a two-hour primetime special, "Party at the Palace," featuring stars including Elton John, and Diana Ross, from 7-9 pm) on ABC, and available next day on Hulu.

Sunday, June 5
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant: 7 am, BBC One

Special editions of Good Morning America will be broadcast on Saturday and Sunday, ABC says. Additionally:

  • The other two big network morning shows, NBC's Today, and CBS Mornings, also broadcasting live from London all week.
  • Fox News will broadcast The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II from 4-8 am Thursday and Friday.
  • Her Majesty the Queen: A Gayle King Special will air 9-10 pm Thursday on CBS.
  • The Queen: Anthology - A Life on Film will air 8-9 pm Friday on PBS.
  • CNN re-runs two Queen-focused episodes of its series The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty at 10 pm and 11 pm Saturday
  • Britbox, the streaming platform from BBC and ITV, is a go-to for Royal watchers. Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration is available now, along with historical documentaries about the Queen; specials on Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding; Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's romance and wedding; and more. It's $6.99/month or $69.99/year after a seven-day free trial.

Planning a party at home? Here is the recipe for the official Platinum Jubilee Pudding — Jemma's Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle — crowned the winner in a nationwide competition in Britain.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Own a piece of Utopia with this Hill Country riverfront retreat listed for $2.5M


Have you ever wanted to buy a retreat or say you own a slice of Utopia? Now’s your chance – the Utopia River Retreat, a remarkable 12-acre property on the Sabinal River in Utopia, Texas has hit the market for $2.5 million.

The secluded, tree-filled, riverfront estate boasts nine guest cabins and "the Fortress," a historic lodge that can sleep 12 guests.

Each cabin has its own full kitchen, living space, and covered porch. Three cabins have two bedrooms that can host up to six guests, and six cabins are single-bedroom that can sleep up to four guests.

The property has been a sought-after wedding destination since the first wedding ceremony took place there in 1861. The only structure on the land at the time was a stone fort, which has since been converted into the Fortress.

Other features of the Fortress include:

  • Two master suites
  • Three semi-private lofts
  • A full kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Wrap-around porch
  • Original stonework on display

Another highlighted feature of the property is the renovated hay barn. The previous owners turned it into a bespoke event space with an open floor plan, wood beam ceilings, a stone fireplace, and attached deck. Also around the barn is a large green space and a covered gazebo with a breathtaking view of the Sabinal river.

The Utopia River Retreat sale is facilitated by Chad Foster, the founder and broker of Uvalde-based real estate group Foster Farm and Ranch.

“With its current amenities and space for expansion, Utopia River Retreat provides potential buyers with a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Foster in a press release. “The event space, cabins, and renovated fort make Utopia River Retreat a great addition to any real estate portfolio.”

As investors are snatching up properties left and right for the next wedding venue or event space, the Utopia River Retreat is touted as the next hidden gem in a booming wedding industry. The Knot estimates a Texas couple’s average wedding budget is between $24,000 and $30,000. Texas couples are also more likely to put 30 percent of their wedding budget towards a perfect venue for their special day.

Even outside of wedding season, the estate can host family vacations, reunions, and corporate retreats, and more.

The town of Utopia is located 90 miles west of San Antonio and 350 miles southwest of Dallas.

More information about the property can be found at the Utopia River Retreat website, and more information about the listing can be found at Foster Farm and Ranch’s website.

Coffee chain 7 Brew to open new drive-thru in north Fort Worth

Coffee News

A drive-thru coffee chain is opening a shop in Fort Worth: 7 Brew, a chain founded in Arkansas in 2016, is opening its first location in Fort Worth at 5001 N. Tarrant Pkwy., where it will serve coffee and espresso drinks, teas, infused energy drinks, sodas, and smoothies.

This will be the chain’s third location in Dallas-Fort Worth, following their 2022 debut in Grand Prairie and second outlet in Mansfield.

This location is from husband-and-wife Jonathan and Hannah Schalk, who moved from Arkansas in order to expand the brand in Fort Worth.

"Northwest Arkansas is knit together and comprised of very small communities, and the same thing happens in Fort Worth," Jonathan says.

They're targeting early April for their opening date.

7 Brew is one of a host of chains that have sprung up in recent years focused on drive-thru: Scooter's, Bad Ass Coffee, PJ's, Dutch Bros., Black Rock, Black Rifle, not to mention non-coffee beverage chains like Swig. They all share one thing in common: Their business model relies on the use of disposable plastic containers.

7 Brew sets itself apart by emphasizing how friendly it is, thanks to its modular, prefabricated buildings that come with multiple drive-thru lanes protected by canopies. This allows employees to dash out and deliver the orders to customers in their cars.

Most locations have two drive-thru lanes, but this location will have three, plus one walk-up window for the rare customer not inside a vehicle.

They do standard coffee drinks but are better known for ultra-sweet dessert-inspired beverages such as the Blondie with caramel and vanilla, and a drink called the Cinnamon Roll with white chocolate and brown sugar cinnamon.

Outside of coffee, they also do an in-house energy drink in varied flavors and flavored sparkling water.

The company was acquired in 2021 by Drink House Holdings, a company created by Jamie Coulter, founder of Lone Star Steak House and a Pizza Hut franchisee; and sandwich chain founder Jimmy John Liautaud.