18 October 2020

New Canadian Portrait

Canada has released a new portrait of The Queen.
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Canada brought us a sort of a surprise tiara appearance for the week, and I'll take whatever form of tiara appearance I can get right now. This new portrait was taken in March 2019 at Windsor Castle. The Queen is in her full sapphire glory, with the necklace and earrings given to her as a wedding gift by her father, the tiara and bracelet she later added to the collection, an evening watch, and her usual rings. She is also wearing her Order of Canada and Order of Military Merit insignia.

17 October 2020

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Visit

October 15: The Queen, with The Duke of Cambridge, visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre.
Ministry of Defence

I thought it would be a good while longer before we saw The Queen venture out of her bubble, but here she is, at her first external engagement in around seven months. And the media focus seems to have been primarily on the decision not to wear masks for the visit. (Here's an article breaking it down but tl;dr, everybody had negative Covid tests, it was socially distanced, doctors were consulted.)

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Anyway, it's the Grima Ruby and a "Stewart Parvin old rose cashmere coat and silk dress of autumnal woodland florals with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan" for the big reappearance.

09 October 2020

World Sight Day Call

To mark World Sight Day 2020, The Queen joined The Countess of Wessex for a video call earlier this week with eye health professionals working on the ground to deliver eye care across the Commonwealth.
Royal Family

She's back! This is the first time we've seen The Queen since she departed Windsor Castle for Balmoral and then Sandringham. She returned to Windsor this week and welcomed us back as well with some great sapphire brooch action.

27 July 2020

Call with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

July 24: The Queen made a virtual visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via video call, to hear about their response to the coronavirus outbreak and see the unveiling of a new portrait.
Royal Family

Not the easiest brooch to see on a patterned dress and not the easiest via video either, but we do have a 2020 sighting of the delicate Women of Hampshire Brooch here.

Two Strand Pearl Necklace

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Plus, the virtually unveiled portrait offered a bonus brooch of its own: the Cambridge Pearl Pendant.

18 July 2020

The Wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

July 17: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
Benjamin Wheeler/Royal Family

As promised, a couple photos from Princess Beatrice's wedding were released in time for the Sunday papers. Her entire bridal look is a total surprise to me!

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Norman Hartnell managed to rack up another royal wedding gown four decades after his death, as Beatrice chose to wear a gown from her grandmother's archives. The Queen wore this Hartnell dress to the State Opening of Parliament in 1967. It was changed for this occasion, with alternations and fitting done by Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin. It's such a great dress for Beatrice. I love the sleeves - and of course the whole idea of digging into The Queen's dress archive is so sweet.

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 The dress also goes perfectly with her surprise tiara choice: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, on loan from The Queen and worn by QEII herself on her own wedding day! I love a fringe tiara, so I'm thrilled to see this one in action again. It was also Princess Anne's wedding tiara.

And as for The Queen herself, she wore the same outfit we covered for yesterday's investiture, with the Rose Gold Brooch

Update: The Royal Family released two additional images.

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Benjamin Wheeler/Royal Family

17 July 2020

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Tom Moore, a World War II veteran who raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, at an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
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A special outdoor ceremony for a special knighthood on a special day! Of course Princess Beatrice was married earlier, with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leaving lockdown to attend. It looks like this outfit and brooch were worn for that too.

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Three Strand Pearl Necklace

(Since it seems we will have photo(s) from the wedding later, it will have its own post at that time.)

15 July 2020

Call With Members of the Armed Forces

In video released July 14th, The Queen spoke via video call to service personnel from the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force to hear about the work of the British Armed Forces at home and overseas during the pandemic.
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Sneaking in a few extra pearls when she can, much appreciated. It's even been a few years since we've seen this Queen Victoria gem in use.