20 July 2016

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.

Still taking care of business in London, and still bringing us the brooch treats. Another look at the Triple Diamond Bar Brooch here, though I must say this is not its best canvas. (Diamonds this big really shouldn't be allowed to blend into anything, no?)

19 July 2016

Audiences at Buckingham Palace, and Private Birthday Party

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.

This is a "quick, cram everyone in before I leave for my holiday" sort of day if I ever saw one: HM and Prince Philip hosted Governor-General designate of New Zealand Dame Patricia Reddy, The Queen held a private audience with the President of Latvia, and she invested three people with the Order of Merit (Sir James Dyson, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, and The Lord Darzi of Denham, if you're curious).

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

Later, The Queen hosted a private party at Draper's Hall with friends, family, and some members of her Household for her 90th birthday.
See photos at: BT and the Daily Mail.

One last birthday hurrah before she heads off to Balmoral! Some of you thought that the debut of the Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch earlier this year indicated that it may have been a 90th birthday present. Is this reappearance at her birthday party confirmation, or is she leading you on? It's anybody's guess.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

15 July 2016

Queen's Award for Enterprise Reception

July 14: The Queen gave a reception for the Queen's Award for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace.

The Cullinan V is making a serious run for top brooch of the year - it's already on appearance #7! (It was 2015's top brooch with just eight catalogued appearances for the whole year.) Her Maj also looks to be wearing her simple pearl stud earrings again; given that these are her "casual" earrings, I'm thinking she might already be in the Balmoral state of mind.

13 July 2016

East Anglian Air Ambulance Base Opening, and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened a new operational base for East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport, where The Duke of Cambridge is a helicopter pilot.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
This is a pretty perfect brooch for this outfit, picking up on a little of the floral dress beneath. (This photo's for those of you that were entertained by William dwarfing his grandparents at the Thistle service last week, by the way.)

A visit with her grandson was supposed to be the highlight of Her Maj's day. Instead, it was a quick trip back to Buckingham Palace as the revolving door of prime ministers spun once more:

David Cameron had an Audience of The Queen, and tendered his resignation as Prime Minister. The Queen the received in audience Theresa May and requested her to form a new Administration.

Welcoming your thirteenth British prime minister does call for something a little larger on the brooch front.

08 July 2016

Holyrood Week: Visit to Musselburgh Racecourse and Hamilton & Inches

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Musselburgh Racecourse to mark its 200th anniversary. They also visited Hamilton & Inches, Edinburgh jewelers and silversmiths.

Ah, so that's why she didn't just go ahead and wear the Albert Sapphire to church on Sunday. WELL PLAYED.

The royal couple picked up a few more gifts (a Post-it note holder - apparently HM's a fan of sticky notes, but then who isn't - and a silver bowl from Hamilton & Inches, with a kilt pin for The DoE) and spent some time at the races, where her horse Elementary finished third. Not a bad day for Her Maj, I should think. And she got to say hello to Cruachan IV, the Shetland pony mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland! (See video here.)

Racing UK screencap

07 July 2016

Holyrood Week: Order of the Thistle Service and Archers' Hall Portrait

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge (The Earl of Strathearn, in Scotland), and The Princess Royal, attended a Service for the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The last Thistle service - in 2014; this one is held every other year - brought us a most unusual selection of ruby earrings with this elaborate green velvet getup. But this year, HM was back to playing it safe with diamonds and pearls.

To go with the full costume of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, it appears we have Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings (surprisingly easy to confuse with other earrings when in use, those are), plus The Queen's favorite pearl evening watch.

Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings
Pearl Evening Watch

Later, The Queen viewed a new portrait of herself commissioned to mark her 90th birthday, at Archers' Hall, Edinburgh.

Appropriate to unveil a portrait featuring the Thistle gear on Thistle day, I'd say. The new portrait is by artist Nicky Philipps and was commissioned by the Royal Company of Archers, The Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland. The Queen sat for the portrait at Windsor Castle, wearing her Thistle robes and Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings.

06 July 2016

Holyrood Week: Visit to Dundee

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Dundee for a day of engagements at Slessor Gardens, the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee, the Michelin tire factory, and the City Chambers.

Another classic, as Holyrood Week rolls on. Tomorrow comes the event I've been most looking forward to: the Order of the Thistle service! Cross your fingers for emeralds.