27 June 2015

Event Roundup: State Visit to Germany, 2015

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh received an enthusiastic welcome from the German public for their fifth full state visit to the country. The Queen brought an interesting mix of jewels with her, repeating three of the five brooches she wore for Ascot the previous week, wearing jewels with a connection to Albert and Victoria, and also fitting in some pieces that have debuted in just the past year or two.


Arrival: June 23 

The German jewel connections kicked off with a brooch from Prince Albert 


Day 1: June 24 

A large brooch from the last outgoing state visit returns

The Queen thrills us with one of the finest sets of rubies in the world 


Day 2: June 25 

The third and final brooch from Ascot reappears 

A rare brooch from The Queen Mother makes an appearance 


Day 3: June 26 

The end of the trip brings two more recently debuted brooches 


A few last highlights:

Charmed by a waving robot that was taught to recognize Her Maj. I hope someone gives her one for the top of the piano at home. (Video of this moment here.)

An old hand at bouquet management, Prince Philip picks up a thrown bouquet for HM. Still cute. 

Video: True state banquet sparkle, even in this bright lighting. Those rubies will not be forgotten anytime soon.


Your turn: What was your favorite moment (jewel-related or not)? 

Next up: Holyrood Week!

Photos: via Getty Images

26 June 2015

State Visit to Germany, Final Day

On the last day of their state visit to Germany, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Brandenburg Gate with the Mayor of Berlin and met members of the public in Pariser Platz. Before departing for the United Kingdom, they visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp memorial site and laid a wreath at the inscription wall.
And the state visit closes with two more new/new-ish brooches! Continuing her "flowers around the United Kingdom" theme, she accessorized her yellow and gray Angela Kelly outfit with the Daffodil Spray Brooch. This is likely to have been another part of the set of pins from the Sultan of Oman that we know included the Three Thistle Brooch. 
It was a cheery combo for the last cheery event of the trip (and an easily visible one, for her only real walkabout with the crowds).

Underneath the happy yellow coat, a more somber gray dress was waiting for the visit to Bergen-Belsen.
The Bronte Porcelain Brooch is a large piece, but one that is not as sparkly, which seems a good choice here. It's also another new/rare item, having debuted just last year, and so we close the trip with a solid theme for the brooch line up.

Photos:via Getty Images

25 June 2015

State Visit to Germany, Garden Party

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a Garden Party hosted by the British Ambassador in Berlin during their state visit to Germany.
Now we're talking! This isn't a brooch debut, but The Queen has worn this ruby and diamond brooch from The Queen Mother's collection only a few times previously, so we're still in the rare department of the brooch stash. (Interestingly, much like the Multi-Color French Flower Brooch from the official welcome ceremony of this trip, this brooch also made an appearance during last year's French state visit.)
I think it's had more impact on colored coats in the past as opposed to this white background (her outfit here is described as a "Stewart Parvin shift dress of white cotton tweed flecked with coral ribbon with a matching coat edged in bias fringed braid and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan"), but you still can't miss that this is a seriously sizable jewel.

State Visit to Germany, Visit to Frankfurt

On the second full day of their state visit to Germany, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Frankfurt, where they toured St. Paul's Church and attended a lunch hosted by the Minister-President of Hesse at the Römer.
Okay, I guess we really are reusing our Ascot brooches. I can't lie, I would have preferred something other than the Shamrock Brooch on this peacock-inspired Angela Kelly outfit.
But brooches aside, it was a good day in Frankfurt, with huge crowds turning out to greet the royals. Prince Philip even got to reunite with a couple of his relatives, the Margrave of Baden and the Landgrave of Hesse.


Photos:via Getty Images and Telegraph video

24 June 2015

State Visit to Germany, State Banquet

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended a state banquet given in their honor by President Gauck at Bellevue Palace during their state visit to Germany.
For more: Sky news article and video, Zimbio gallery.
Looks like those of you guessing that Ascot might have been a trial run for the state visit were correct!

The Victoria and Albert theme continued at the state banquet, as The Queen accented the red of her German sash by reunited Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch with Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Necklace and Earrings.
 She was in a very sparkly mood - which we love - even sporting the Teck Corsage Brooch on her back to keep her sash in place.

Ever the tease, Her Maj did refrain from going the full Queen Mother route this evening, selecting the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara instead of the Oriental Circlet. My wait to see the complete set reunited continues, but it's probably better this way. I need some time to get used to all these magnificent rubies in one place...


Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Necklace and Earrings
Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Brooch
Teck Corsage Brooch (on back, no pendants)
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Riband and Star
Diamond Evening Watch

Photos:via Getty Images, SkyNews video

State Visit to Germany, Day 1

On Day 1 of their state visit to Germany, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were ceremonially welcomed with military honors by President Gauck at Bellevue Palace. The Queen met with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery and laid a wreath at Germany’s Central Memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship. In the afternoon, they attended the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s Lecture at Berlin's University of Technology.
The state visit is off to a busy start, a day full of engagements and dubious official gifts (The Queen's reaction to a painting of a photograph of herself as a child on her pony with her father: "That's a funny color for a horse," and "Is that supposed to be my father?").
She picked the Multi-Color French Flower Brooch today, on the coat she wore to the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (though it has a different, more twee hat now). We first saw this brooch during last year's state visit to France, when it was worn on the dress that goes with this coat.
We still don't know anything about this brooch, but I must agree with Her Maj that its subtle changes in color are a great match for the metallics in this outfit.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Day 1 is not over! We'll be back later with coverage of the state banquet.

Photos:via Getty Images and BBC video

23 June 2015

State Visit to Germany, Arrival

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Tegel airport, Berlin, Germany at the start of their state visit to the country.
Let the state visit fun begin! The fancy ceremonial welcome happens tomorrow, there was just a short welcome at the airport today.
This is a promising brooch start, though - or, at least, I hope it is, and that it isn't just a "well, we had to dig it out for Ascot anyway" sort of selection. Starting out your German state visit with a piece from Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is probably no coincidence.
It's a treat to see Albert's Sapphire twice in just a few days no matter what, and I'm really liking her fresh combo of blues here too.

Photos:via Getty Images and Telegraph video