UK’s Wimbledon beats France’s Roland Garros any day

The strongest sense of England you can get in France is arguably standing on the lawn tennis court at the British Embassy in Paris.

This was particularly the case in early June, when I attended a magnificent party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday.  

Actors performed scenes written by William Shakespeare; Ambassador Lord Edward Llewellyn delivered a moving speech; Essex-born musician Jamie Cullum sang on stage; and a military band beat the Retreat while the Union flag was lowered.

All were terrific advertisements for what the French call “Anglo Saxon” culture, but it was still the manicured grass that made me think most fondly about England.

The grass is meticulously maintained at 8mm ...

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