04 December 2020

Virtual Audiences

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace via video link from Windsor Castle.
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Diplomatic audiences are an old tradition but today they got a new pandemic spin: incoming ambassadors came to Buckingham Palace to present their credentials to a screen Queen, who greeted them live from her bubble at Windsor.
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30 November 2020

Commonwealth Points of Light Award Call

Last week: The Queen spoke to winners of the Commonwealth Points of Light award.
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Work at Windsor continues, with the small rubies on the Gold Trellis Brooch picking up on the red of this color blocked dress.

19 November 2020

73rd Wedding Anniversary

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh look at an anniversary card made by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, alongside other cards and letters sent by well-wishers to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary tomorrow.
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Never one to miss a connection, The Queen is bringing back a brooch worn in two notable photographs of the couple: the Sapphire Chrysanthemum, worn for their honeymoon photo and for the recreation of that photo released for their 60th wedding anniversary (both seen in the brooch post linked below). Very sweet.

08 November 2020

Remembrance Sunday and Centenary of the Burial of the Unknown Warrior

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph, London. The service honors those that have died in armed conflicts.

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Remembrance services continued with modified pandemic protocols and The Queen watched from a balcony as she has done for the past few years. She anchored her cluster of poppies with the Dorset Bow Brooch, a frequent selection for this event.
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The Prince of Wales led the royal party on the ground, laying wreaths at the monument from himself and on behalf of The Queen. The Duke of Cambridge, The Princess Royal, The Earl of Wessex, and The Duke of Kent followed suit.

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The socially distanced Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge watched from another balcony. The Duchess of Cornwall took over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from The Duke of Edinburgh, and here she wears a Rifles brooch. It appears to be the same one she wore in her recently released new portrait. Clarence House noted the brooch was commissioned by The Rifles. She paired this with a favorite choker and earrings, while The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Silver Jubilee Diamond and Pearl Earrings.

November 4: The Queen visited Westminster Abbey for a ceremony to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior.
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Earlier in the week, The Queen emerged (wearing a mask in public for the first time) for a small ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, an unidentified British serviceman who died on the battlefields in World War I. Royal brides send their wedding bouquets to be laid on the grave, a tradition that started when the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother laid her wedding bouquet on the grave in 1923 as an act of remembrance for the brother she lost during the war. As a nod to that tradition, the bouquet laid here by The Queen's equerry was based on The Queen's wedding bouquet from 1947.

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.
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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.
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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.