31 July 2015

The Duchess of Cornwall's Cubitt-Shand Tiara

A secondary tiara option for The Duchess of Cornwall (after her favorite, the Greville Tiara), the Cubitt-Shand Tiara is a diamond floral tiara that comes from her own family rather than the royal family. Since marrying The Prince of Wales, she has worn it to lower profile events such as the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. Read more about the tiara at Order of Splendor. 

2 June 2015: Royal Academy of Arts Dinner
2 December 2014: Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace

*As always, only those specifically covered here or at the other blog are listed. 

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25 July 2015

A Royal Welcome: The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The Queen has now headed to Scotland to start her Balmoral holiday, which means that Buckingham Palace is ready to welcome summer visitors. This year's exhibition is called A Royal Welcome, and focuses on state visits and other official events that bring guests to the palace.

Welcoming guests is their specialty: between state visits, receptions, garden parties, investitures and private audiences, the royal family welcomed around 62,000 people to the palace last year. Visitors get to enter through the Grand Entrance, see the ballroom all set up as it is at state banquets, and more.

The exhibit promised a display of The Queen's jewelry - as it should, since no state banquet would be complete without some dazzling diamonds - and now we get a peek at the selections. From the gallery above, you'll see the following pieces (at least):

And much more!  If you can't be there, you can always order the exhibition book the Royal Collection puts out, click here for that. The State Rooms are open now through September 27th.

21 July 2015

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Jocelyn Roy-Vienneau upon her appointment as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Canada for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

Proof we've had more brooch variety this year: this is only the third recorded appearance of Victoria's Bow so far, not many for one that is normally among the favorites. But I'm just happy to be able to see it, whatever it is, at an audience after our recent bout of unidentifiables.

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17 July 2015

Investiture at Windsor Castle and Church at Windsor (Updated)

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
For more: EDP article, British Monarchy Flickr.
Another day, another hard to identify brooch. Siiiiiigghhhh.

Unidentified Brooch
Engagement and Wedding Rings 

On Sunday, The Queen was also pictured driving herself to church at Windsor. Again, not a great opportunity to see a brooch (and not something that we would usually see at all, if it weren't for the current controversy). You can see a shot with the brooch at the Daily Mail, if you fancy.

16 July 2015

Visit to Barking and Dagenham, and Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Barking and Dagenham to mark the London Borough's 50th anniversary.
A relatively rare brooch, worn so that it can properly be seen for a change! Excellent! The Opal Spray Brooch was a wedding present to The Queen from the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia. It's interesting, though - opal is usually a stone that I would say Her Maj does not favor, and this brooch still seems a rare one to spot, but she's worn it three times since this blog started. That's a lot when you consider the size of her collection, really.

This is basically the best look we've had at this brooch in all the many decades she has owned it, so I can't object despite not caring much for the brooch's design. The opals do look great on this color, and the brooch is larger and much more reminiscent of the Sri Lankan Flower Spray Brooch than I thought from past appearances.

Yesterday, July 15, The Queen received the President of the Republic of Kosovo for an audience at Buckingham Palace.
The combination of an audience and a floral dress has again made brooch identification difficult. Even on video, I can't see it. Boo.

Photos:via Getty Images

14 July 2015

Queen's Award for Enterprise Reception

The Queen, joined by other members of the royal family, gave a reception for the Queen's Award for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace.

For more: Zimbio gallery.
I have to say, of all the colors in that carpet to match, I would not have picked the yellowy-green. But anyway, here's the Cambridge Pearl for those of you that missed it at the christening.

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10 July 2015

Battle of Britain Anniversary Flypast

The Queen watched a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Also present were The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
A bright and cheery combo for Her Maj today, made to stand out on that balcony, with her old faithful Jardine Star Brooch at her side.
Speaking of old faithfuls, Prince Philip got up to some old faithful tricks of his own at a luncheon later. But before that, it was a refreshing change of uniform pace for the family on the balcony. I do like the sight of all those RAF uniforms all lined up, don't you?

Photos:MOD/Crown Copyright, and via Getty Images