30 April 2012

Windsor Diamond Jubilee Reception

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended a Reception to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the Guildhall, Windsor.
And she wore a raaaaspberry ber...hat.


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The Modern Ruby Brooch

The Modern Ruby Brooch
Another of the brooches acquired by the Queen is this arched design. A modern design of gold with diamonds and diamond-topped sprays, it is accented with a row of rubies on one side.
The generic shape of this one, and its light use of rubies (allowing it to be paired with red and pink outfits but with other colors as well) make it easy for the Queen to pair with outfits, and she's worn it for decades.

Appearances:
5 January 2014: Church at Sandringham
7 November 2013: State Visit from South Korea, Farewell
30 April 2012: Windsor Diamond Jubilee Reception
2011: Visit to Australia 
1996: Easter Service
1989, 2000: Royal Maundy Service 
1977: Christmas Broadcast   
1966, 1984, 1985: Chelsea Flower Show

Photos: PA/Corbis

29 April 2012

National Parade of Queen's Scouts

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh reviewed the National Parade of Queen's Scouts alongside the Chief Scout (Mr. Bear Grylls).
 Forget what the Queen's wearing, what I'd really like to know is what Prince Philip said when introduced to a dude named Bear.


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27 April 2012

Visit to South Wales, Day 2

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh undertook several engagements in South Wales on the second day of their trip marking Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
One of my favorite outfits yesterday; and a least favorite today. I suppose balance is required. (It's the buttons, on the hat. Why?)


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26 April 2012

Visit to South Wales, Day 1

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh undertook several engagements in South Wales beginning in Cardiff on the first day of their trip marking Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
Oooh! Oooh! Alert! It's one of my all-time favorite HM outfits! Loverly.


Photo: WPA Pool

25 April 2012

Engagements on the Thames

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, named the Royal Row Barge GLORIANA; in Greenwich, they granted the borough Royal Borough status, re-opened the CUTTY SARK and visited the National Maritime Museum. Her Majesty opened the exhibition "Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames."
Fun fact: the Queen attended the opening of the National Maritime Museum with her parents and grandmother, Queen Mary, at the age of 11. Only fitting then that she wore one of her mother's brooches, right?

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23 April 2012

Vice Admiral's Installation

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, installed Sir Donald Gosling as the Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom.
A little gold brooch to complement multiple gold tasseled uniforms, well played, well played.


Photo:PA

21 April 2012

Newbury Races

The Queen graced Newbury Racecourse with her presence on her 86th birthday.
Would've gone with a more festive brolly option for my birthday, but whatever. Anyway, she's wearing her single pearl studs again and also a pearl necklace - though with this necklace, it's hard to tell which one.

Pearl Stud Earrings
Pearl Necklace

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20 April 2012

Newbury Races

The Queen today graced Newbury Racecourse with her presence for Dubai Duty Free Race Day.
I'm possibly a little too intrigued that she broke from her standard Devon Button Earrings/Three Strand Pearl Necklace uniform for a single strand and a single pearl stud. I may need a new hobby.


Photo: PA

Single Strand Pearl Necklace

A collection of pearls as rich as the Queen's obviously has single strands to go along with the two- and three-strand necklaces. As with the other necklaces, it can be difficult to determine if the strands are different or the same over multiple appearances. It is also possible to wear multiple single strands, creating the look of a multi-strand necklace, obviously.
A single strand worn on its own is a more informal look for the Queen these days, and is not spotted as often in public.

Appearances: 
5 August 2014: Audience at Balmoral 
14 May 2014: Royal Windsor Horse Show 
27 September 2013: Commonwealth Games Message Signing
8-12 May 2013: Royal Windsor Horse Show
19 April 2013: Newbury Races
30 October 2012: Our Extraordinary World Gala (a longer, larger strand, worn with two others)
20 April 2012: Newbury Races

Pearl Stud Earrings

Pearl Stud Earrings
For most public engagements currently, the Queen wears Queen Mary's Button Earrings. But occasionally she opts for a simple single pearl stud, an option she's used for years. These are usually seen at less formal occasions, or private ones, and were more common in her earlier years. Being such a simple design, it is often impossible to tell if appearances through the years are a single pair or different pairs (it seems highly likely she has more than one pair in her collection), and so they will all be grouped here regardless.

Appearances:
5 August 2014: Audience at Balmoral
14-17 May 2014: Royal Windsor Horse Show 
9 April 2014: Organ Recital 
27 September 2013: Commonwealth Games Message Signing
21 September 2013: Audience with New Zealand Prime Minister
22 July 2013: Arrival at Buckingham Palace
9 July 2013: Gloriana River Cruise
19 April 2013: Newbury Races
21 April 2012: Newbury Races
20 April 2012: Newbury Races
Multiple Years: Royal Maundy Service

Photo: Getty Images

18 April 2012

Royal Engineers Association Reception

The Queen, Patron, Royal Engineers Association, gave a Reception to mark the Centenary of the Association at Windsor Castle.
In addition to celebrating their centenary, the Royal Engineers used this opportunity to present their patron with a Diamond Jubilee gift: a pair of park benches. You know, I think that might be one of the better (read: usable) Jubilee gifts I've read about.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 
I assume a watch was present as well, though I couldn't spot it under her sleeve.

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Royal Engineers Association Badge

As patron of the Royal Engineers Association, the Queen has a brooch version of their badge (design seen above) to wear for Association events.
It appears to be rendered in diamonds and red and blue enamel (potentially).

Appearances:
18 April 2012: Royal Engineers Association Reception

Photos: Royal Engineers Association Facebook/WPA Pool/Getty Images

08 April 2012

Easter Service

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended Easter Service in Windsor.
Easter service, Easter egg pearl for a brooch.


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05 April 2012

Royal Maundy Service

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice, attended the Royal Maundy Service in York.
Surprised we didn't get the Aquamarine Clips with this outfit!


Photo: Bauer Griffin

03 April 2012

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
No brooch evidence, but an interesting look at the clasp of the famous triple strand of pearls.


Photo: PA