23 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 5

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Ascot 2018 finishes up with another surprising brooch appearance: the Maple Leaf, at an occasion not specifically Canadian (which is how Her Maj usually uses it). That solid block of diamonds does look good on this patterned suit; it's her outfit from the CHOGM Opening, with a newly revealed hat.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Just a few additional guests to cover today:

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Peter and Autumn Phillips were on hand again. We saw this hat on Autumn at Trooping the Colour 2017, where she paired it with a jade green dress from Hobbs in one of my favorite hat pairings of the year. The magenta's no longer an accent this time around, and I think this dress is the same style as the Trooping dress. This pink looks great on her. (As it does on most people, really!)

Lady Sarah Chatto was there too, sticking to her most classic style. Viscount Linley and Arthur Chatto were also spotted.


And that's a wrap for Ascot 2018!

Day 1: Queen Mary's Russian Brooch, on a yellow background
Day 2: The Jardine Star on light blue
Day 3: The Centenary Rose on pink
Day 4: The Queen Mother's Shell on green
Day 5: The Maple Leaf on blue/green

So Ascot 2018 did not, in the end, bring us anything new or anything exceptionally rare in the brooch department. The name of the game this year was surprising combinations, my favorite being the use of a sapphire on a yellow outfit. Which was your favorite?

22 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 4

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Her Maj is here to prove once again that she can wear alllllll of the colors, just in case you had any doubt left. Day 4's ensemble is by Angela Kelly. Also once again, she's bringing her mother's memory with her to the races today, wearing the Shell Brooch.

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It's the weekend and royal attendance at Ascot tends to taper off right about now, so let's take care of the other attendees here:
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 Princess Beatrice was joined by both her parents for a family day out at the races. I LOVE THAT HAT. Brim for daaaaays! It's by Sarah Cant and her dress is from The Fold. 

Sarah Cant Gloriosa hat
 Could have had a better dress pairing, I would say, but it's a shape she's clearly in love with as she wore a similar one in pink for Trooping the Colour. Sarah, Duchess of York opted for a navy Roland Mouret dress and a classic Philip Treacy hat.


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I think Princess Eugenie handed off the floral baton yesterday to Princess Haya. I find this a more successful hat pairing, the solid black not competing with the big pattern. It was another successful day at the races for the Dubai royals and their Godolphin team, with Princess Haya and Sheikha Jalila accepting the prize for their winner in the King Edward VII Stakes.

21 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 3

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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HOT PINK for Ladies' Day, friends. Another combo from Stewart Parvin and Rachel Trevor Morgan today. I think the strength of this color helps to cut the serious twee potential of the Centenary Rose Brooch. Though I am, as ever, not wild about this brooch.

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20 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 2

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Can you believe this is only the second appearance of the Jardine Star this year?! This year's list of most frequently worn brooches should be interesting. It looks great on this outfit from the dynamic duo of Stewart Parvin and Rachel Trevor-Morgan. I am in love with the pink flowers against this light blue.

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Following up on their cousins' day out to the Epsom Derby earlier in the month, Her Maj's carriagemate for the day was Princess Alexandra. In addition to her elegant hat, she really piled on the gems: emerald earrings, big pearl choker, emerald butterfly brooch, diamonds throughout. So far, my Best in Bling this Ascot. (But it's only Day 2, royal ladies, so step up and contend for the title...)

19 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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This yellow Angela Kelly outfit with blue accents isn't the only yellow with blue outfit in The Queen's wardrobe and it has been suggested here in the past - such as Ascot Day 1 in 2016, in fact - that she try out a sapphire brooch on the yellow background. Her Maj has heard you, and she's game. I like this version of giving us something interesting at Ascot; Queen Mary's Rusisan Brooch isn't anything especially rare (we saw it twice last year), but a shake up of the obvious color pairings is another way to surprise.

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She shared a carriage with a rather chic-looking Princess Anne (shown here in a textbook example of a "like mother, like daughter" photo), who sported a large brooch of her own. This gold and diamond number has been in her jewel vault for decades and is often attributed to Andrew Grima.

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Coming up tomorrow at the other blog: The rest of it!

18 June 2018

Garter Day

The Queen gave a Luncheon Party for the Companions for the Most Noble Order of the Garter. A Service was held in St. George's Chapel this afternoon.
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The Garter Service begins with the Garter Knights and Ladies walking down to St. George's Chapel, a procession full of pomp and ceremony. The Queen did not walk this year, however, choosing instead to ride in her car. I suspect this is a permanent change, bringing an end to her walking the distance in a mantle so long it needs two pages to bring up the rear. (I can't blame her, of course; I'm just glad she's still wearing the robes.) Her last time walking in the procession was actually 2015, since 2016's was switched to cars because of rain and 2017's service was cancelled.

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Jewel-wise, the event remains a showcase for The Queen's earrings. It's been white stones for a few years now, and that continues in 2018 with Queen Mary's Floret Earrings. We haven't seen these in use since 2014, so that's a nice return.



We'll be chatting about the rest of the crowd at the other blog tomorrow, so stay tuned.

17 June 2018

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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No brooch, oh no. How ironic, leaving off one's signature jewel when attending an event sponsored by none other than Cartier. I hope Her Maj is getting ready to ramp up the jewelry for the big week to come...