13 June 2020

The Queen's Official Birthday and Other Updates from Windsor Castle

June 13: A pared down military ceremony celebrating The Queen's Official Birthday was held at Windsor Castle.
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It's the first time since 1955 that Trooping the Colour hasn't been held in its traditional form, replaced by a socially distanced ceremony by the Welsh Guards. The Queen, who is the Battalion’s Colonel-in-Chief, wore her diamond leek badge.

June 11: The Queen and The Princess Royal participated in a video conference call for Carers Week.
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Wouldn't be a quarantine without learning the video call ropes. Jewelry-wise, it's her usual Windsor Castle picks, a Single Strand Pearl Necklace and what looks to be simple Pearl Stud Earrings.

June 9: Buckingham Palace released a photograph of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, to mark His Royal Highness' 99th birthday on June 10.
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The Cullinan V Brooch and one of her Black Strap Watches joined in for The Duke's birthday photo.

May 30/31: The Queen was pictured riding in Windsor Home Park.
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Candid shots of The Queen out riding aren't really rare, but a planned photo op with the Press Association kind of is. Anyway, no jewels here but we won't miss an opportunity to say hello to Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony.

08 May 2020

VE Day 75th Anniversary Address

The Queen gave an address to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The address aired exactly 75 years after her father King George VI's address marking the end of World War II in Europe.
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The items surrounding The Queen are often directly tied to her message, and that was certainly true for the background to today's touching speech: a portrait of her father in uniform, the cap from her Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform, and a photograph of the Royal Family and Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on VE Day.

The Queen's ATS cap
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The Queen's choice of brooch for this address also reached back to that time; the Aquamarine Clip Brooches were a gift in 1944. (It's big return for the Clips, which have fallen off in sightings sharply in the last two years.) Her mother, Queen Elizabeth, chose aquamarines on VE Day, wearing the Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch on the balcony.

05 April 2020

Coronavirus Address

The Queen addressed the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in a special broadcast recorded at Windsor Castle.
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The Queen has made televised addresses on four prior occasions: the Diamond Jubilee in 2012; the death of The Queen Mother in 2002; the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997; and the Gulf War in 1991. Today's message - filmed at Windsor in a room large enough to allow enough space between Her Majesty and the cameraperson according to coronavirus protocols - was one of comfort and strength. You can watch below.

18 March 2020

Audience at Buckingham Palace and Upcoming Event Information

The Queen received the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officers of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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There were a bunch of reports that last weekend's usual visit to Windsor Castle (including a church outing wearing what appeared to be the Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooch) was going to turn into a long term stay for The Queen, and those reports were wrong - but not by much. She returned to Buckingham Palace for a few previously scheduled audiences this week (the Press Association reported there were no handshakes during today's meeting) while the palace announced a bunch of changes to the upcoming schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Queen will head to Windsor for the start of her annual Easter break tomorrow, a week earlier than planned, and she will likely stay there longer than the usual Easter period. Future audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Public events with large gatherings have been cancelled, including the Royal Maundy Service and the season's garden parties. Investitures will be rescheduled. Decisions are still pending on events such as the State Visit from the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Trooping the Colour, and the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Buckingham Palace has also just announced that Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have cancelled their wedding reception scheduled for May 29 in the Buckingham Palace gardens. The couple are considering whether they will hold a private wedding with a small group.

We will cover The Queen's upcoming events when and as possible, but it's probably going to be pretty quiet around here for a while! Stay well, everyone.

11 March 2020

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The received Professor Mark Compton, Lord Prior of the Order of St. John, during an audience at Buckingham Palace, where he presented Her Majesty with the Order's first ever Service Medal in Gold.
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This is not a new dress for Her Maj, but the surprise of seeing her in such bold color blocking is always fresh. And I can never get enough of a double clip brooch.

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10 March 2020

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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I suspect the Pearl Triangle has been the choice on some of the days we've not been able to see the brooch for sure, but it's peeking out juuuust enough today.

09 March 2020

Commonwealth Day

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the Commonwealth Day observance service at Westminster Abbey.
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The 2020 debut of the Jardine Star!

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You know, I really like this soft blue outfit of Her Maj's, but seeing all four of these ladies actually makes me wish she'd gone purple like last year or something, to complete the saturated color story. (And not just because I always vote for purple.) I like the way the green-red-navy lineup works.