18 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Let the brooch (and hat) (okay, mostly hat) fun begin! A jauntily flipped brim straight out of the Beauxbatons Academy + a Sapphire Jubilee present from Canada = a magical match for Her Maj on Day 1 of Ascot.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


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I have been waiting for an excuse for Queen Máxima to come to Ascot for-e-ver and HERE SHE IS, staying to enjoy the races with King Willem-Alexander after attending Garter Day. Nobody takes a plant to the face with more panache. And she made up for any carat deficit from yesterday with maaaaajor earrings from the Stuart Tiara (!) and a giant diamond bracelet. ("Out jewel me once, shame on you; out jewel me twice, shame on me." - Máx, probably.)


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I have been waiting for the British royals to dig into Elie Saab for-e-ver and The Duchess of Cambridge DID IT. And then she totally picked pieces that look like other stuff she has in her closet, like I could have confused this with Temperley easily. Well trolled.


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The baby shower-ready pastels continued with The Duchess of Cornwall, not that she ever needs an excuse a pastel outfit with a giant hat. She wore, as usual, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings. Zara Tindall tied the group together with a floral that is basically one puffy sleeve away from the 80s.


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For a little more hat interest, we must travel to the rest of the family, where both The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex offered up some under-brim interest. Honestly, I liked Sophie's whole deal a lot more before I realized it's the dress fabric on the hat. Maybe with some contrast I'd be on board.


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Of course, the York sisters did offer up some colorful contrast and I'm not really on board with either Beatrice's random tassels or Eugenie's visible headband, so probably there's no pleasing me any way. Points for an Ascot attempt, though.

17 June 2019

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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Hey hey it's Garter Day, featuring Bonus Royal Action! Before we get to that, though, it's Her Maj herself. She was decked out in diamonds this year, including Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Those have been more commonly spotted at the Order of the Thistle Service in recent years.

Diamond Bracelet
Mantle and Bonnet of the Order of the Garter
Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter


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Here's your Bonus Royal Action: The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands showed up to be formally invested as Supernumerary or "Stranger" Knights of the Garter. Both received the honor during their recent state visits to the United Kingdom.

Royal Family

Queen Letizia and Queen Máxima didn't miss a chance to show up in their behatted best, making for an extra splendiforous royal spouse line up this year.

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Queen Máxima just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that she's still into the ginormous belts, while The Duchess of Cambridge (in the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings from Diana) is here to reassure you that her supply of proper Catherine Walker princess gear is never-ending. Thanks for the updates, ladies.

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Rare is the day when Queen Máxima gets out-jeweled, but she must have felt the sting of a missed opportunity when Letizia and Camilla rolled up. Queen Letizia came to play, bless her, with no less than the earrings from the joyas de pasar earrings and a diamond brooch (!!) (this one's from Queen Sofia). The Duchess of Cornwall matched her gem for gem in her magnificent Pink Topaz Choker and its accompanying earrings, huzzah. Deeeelightful.

16 June 2019

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo and Jackie Stewart Luncheon

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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A couple quick appearances from Her Maj to cover before a busy week begins: her yearly stint at polo, featuring the second (confirmed, but I feel like this one has been a regular mystery brooch guess) appearance of the Pearl Triangle for 2019...

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June 13: The Queen, Patron, the Royal Automobile Club, attended a luncheon to mark the lifetime achievements of Sir Jackie Stewart.
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...and this lovely blue, though I have yet to see a front view.

12 June 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Love pulling the blue out of this dress and how you can see some of the dimension of the cabochon sapphire in this brooch! The Duke of Cambridge joined his grandmother for this audience, with the Governor-General designate of Australia.

08 June 2019

Trooping the Colour

Her Majesty, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, was present at The Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade at which the Colour of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was trooped.
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Rather a sedate outfit choice from The Queen today for her big birthday parade; she sort of blended in with the interior of her carriage and the Guards Badge - her choice for this event for many years now - faded into the coat. Can't be a neon queen every year, right?

Ministry of Defence

Three Strand Pearl Necklace


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The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen again with her Alexander McQueen outfit (a silhouette to die for in a color I'll never love, alas) and Philip Treacy hat. The Duchess of Cornwall again wore her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings with her repeated minty fresh outfit. The Duchess of Sussex popped in from maternity leave in Givenchy.


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Princess Beatrice and The Countess of Wessex were probably able to spend their time chatting about Emilia Wickstead, since Sophie owns this dress too. Thankfully she didn't wear her version today, instead opting for a vibrant green Suzannah repeat. (A nice colorful bookend in this picture with Autumn Phillips' magenta.)


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 I hate to be brief on a big royal day, but sometimes needs must. And so, with a Prince Louis-style wave...


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I leave you to the rest of the balcony fashion spotting.

05 June 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary

The Queen and The Prince of Wales joined other world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at an event on Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
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There have been a number of war commemoration events over the past few years and The Queen has regularly attended them wearing brooches associated with her mother. That touching gesture continued today with the Centenary Rose Brooch, her own 100th birthday gift to The Queen Mother. She was all in on the pink today, striking a welcome bright note in a sea of dark suits.

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04 June 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Can you spy the brooch on this dress? At first glance, it appears to be the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch worn without its pendant. I am thinking, however, that it may be another; The Queen has at least one other small round brooch with a central pearl and diamond surround (honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if she has more than one other, this is a popular and not particularly distinctive arrangement of stones). This brooch seems a bit smaller than the Cambridge. It's very difficult to be certain without a front view and on this background.