Woman’s Weekly editor, Diane Kenwood, shares the inside story of the special collectors ‘Best of British’  issue of the magazine

Woman's Weekly - Best of British special issue

Like most of the rest of the country, we were impressed and delighted with the moral-boosting wave of patriotism and pride that accompanied last year’s Jubilee and Olympic celebrations. There’s been a lot of talk about the legacy of 2012 and we wanted to play our small part in giving the feel-good feelings a longer life. Hence our special collectors ‘Best of British’ issue of the magazine this week. A whopping 84 pages packed with content to make you proud to be British – or, at the very least, remind you of the many reasons why you should or could be.

Like the rest of the team, our art department rose to the challenge of creating something special, magnificently, producing a fantastic cover featuring a specially commissioned water-colour illustration of the Duchess of Cambridge by artist Tracy Fennell.

Best of British: Fashion poll

Not to be outdone, the fashion team made seamless and brilliant use of our Facebook page and website to produce a totally up-to-the-minute survey of Woman’s Weekly reader’s favourite high street fashion stores. They invited readers to nominate their top three suggestions on Facebook, then got people to vote for their number one choice on the website in order to compile the feature in the issue. No surprise which one came top!

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The readers chose their favourite high street stores

Best of British: Britons who made us great

The feature idea that sparked the most discussion amongst the Woman’s Weekly team was who we thought were the Britons who had most influenced our country and history. So it seemed the obvious thing to do to get the whole team to nominate their choice of the Britons who made us great. Have a look at our choice – it’s a VERY eclectic selection – and see if you agree. If your nominee isn’t there, go to our Facebook page and tell us who we missed out and why.

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This was the team’s selection

Best of British: Favourite recipes

For the first time in my time as editor, our cookery team weren’t responsible for producing the recipes in the issue. But since we invited six of our best and most brilliant British chefs, including the magnificent Mary Berry, to choose their favourite recipe, I feel confident you can allow them a week off.

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Mary Berry’s irresistable recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie


Best of British: Knitting

No such respite for our knitting team who came up with these two marvellously quirky designs with their unexpected and fun take on the Union Jack.

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Unusual Union Jack knitting patterns

Could there be any more reasons to go out and buy your copy of the issue (which, by the way, you have two weeks to do, rather than the usual one)? Well just in case you need them, there’s a fascinating history of some of our most recognisable high street stores, a selection of our most stylish British women, a look at our most iconic British-founded home wear brands, 10 glorious walks through the British countryside and by the sea, and a hilarious road trip via some of our funniest-sounding place names.

See what I mean about it being packed?!

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