30 October 2014

Visit to Wolverhampton

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited a stamp factory and opened a new Jaguar Land Rover factory during a visit to Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
This outfit makes an interesting color pairing for Her Maj, since the brooch has red in it, but it's always nice to see a better glimpse of the Tudor Rose. It's a mystery brooch that first appeared in 2012.


Photos: Richard Stonehouse via Getty Images, and ITNSource video

29 October 2014

Visit from the Emir of Qatar

The Queen received the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
Another day, another pastel suit with an old favorite brooch, and another good combo.


Photos: WPA Pool via Getty Images, ITNSource video

28 October 2014

Victoria Cross and George Cross Reception

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh held a reception in honor of recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross at Buckingham Palace.
This is a cute suit for her, right? Made even cuter by the addition of the Cullinan V stone, a.k.a. the heart-shaped one, a.k.a. the Cutest Cullinan, which was at its very sparkly best today.


Photos: WPA Pool via Getty Images, and Telegraph video

24 October 2014

Science Museum Gallery Opening

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Science Museum to open the Information Age gallery.

HM sends her first tweet! And here it is, in all its glory:
With 30k+ retweets and counting, plus a jump in followers for the British Monarchy's account today, she's a Twitter hit. Here's a little video from the Science Museum including her tweeting:

I like how she takes that glove off, ready to get down to tweeting business. And I really like that subtle bit of sparkle the Nizam Rose brooch is giving off. This is the third time we've seen this brooch this year so far.

Here's one last detail, for those of you fascinated by the bouquets given to royals at their engagements: Her Maj received an "Information bouquet" today. Clever, I think!


Photos: Science Museum video

23 October 2014

State Visit from Singapore, Farewell, and Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to the President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tan at the conclusion of their State Visit to the United Kingdom.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
There was a gold theme to this two brooch day, starting with the Gold Filigree Brooch, which debuted in 2012 and has been seen several times since. And, update: There's a reason why she wore it - it was a gift from President Tan and Singapore!

Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen received the President of Ghana and his wife for an audience at Buckingham Palace.

And finishing with the Gold Trellis, which has been a part of the collection since her wedding. A metal better suited to these warmer tones, I think.


Photos: Chris Jackson and WPA Pool, via Getty Images

21 October 2014

State Visit from Singapore, State Banquet

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, with other members of the Royal Family present, gave a State Banquet in honor of the President of the Republic of Singapore at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
There's red in her sash and that means of course my first thought is that we have another missed opportunity for the Oriental Circlet to appear. But never mind, Her Maj likes her favorites and the ubiquitous Girls tiara is reigning for the night. She paired this with another selection from her collection of bow brooches and the massive diamonds from the Coronation Necklace and Earrings. I have not yet seen a good enough photo to identify her bracelet, but hopefully will be able to update later. Her watch is one she's worn many times, but it doesn't have its own post here yet.

Darjah Utama Temasek (Order of Temasek, from Singapore), Riband and Star
Diamond Bracelet
Evening Watch

Sitting at the banquet table, the guest of honor has The Queen on one side and another female royal on the other (at least when the guest of honor is a male). It's usually Camilla, and when she's gone, the honor travels down the line. The Princess Royal was also absent this evening, and we ended up with a special treat: Sophie!
She sported her newest tiara, the Five Aquamarine Tiara from HM's collection, and I don't blame her for wearing it so often - it's my favorite of the ones she wears too.
Also present were Princess Michael of Kent, in her Kent Festoon Tiara, and Princess Alexandra of Kent, wearing the pearl version of her Ogilvy Tiara. Click here for that. In the Zimbio gallery linked above, it appears the Duchess of Gloucester is wearing the Cartier Indian Tiara.

Update: A couple videos are out of the banquet. The British Monarchy's video of The Queen's Speech is below; ChannelNewsAsia also offers some additional views. Screencaps have been added above.

Update Again: For those sore that the lovely Duchess of Gloucester did not get a proper close up at the state banquet, enjoy this look at HRH shining in the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara at tonight's (10/22) Guildhall banquet for the President and Mrs. Tan.

Photo:Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images, @MajestyMagazine, British Monarchy video, ChannelNewsAsia video

State Visit from Singapore, Welcome Ceremony

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs. Tony Tan Keng Yam at the beginning of their State Visit to the United Kingdom.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
I don't know about that hat - it's got a lot of angles going on, no? - but it's nicely balanced by the classic brooch. Hard to go wrong with a diamond bow.
Stay tuned later for the state banquet post, and tomorrow on the other blog for Duchess Discussion.

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17 October 2014

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle, at which Dame Maggie Smith was made a Companion of Honour.
Everything about this is excellent. Dame Maggie Smith: Excellent, in every way. The Flame Lily Brooch: Excellent. A celebrity getting an award so that we can see the video of the investiture and thus actually see said brooch: Excellent. Her Maj's trusty handbag, perched on the chair behind her as though it requires its own throne: Excellent, and hilarious.


Photo:BBC video

16 October 2014

Visit to the Tower of London

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Tower of London to pay tribute at the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red memorial ceramic poppy installation and to visit the Chapel Royal.
For more: Telegraph article and video, ITNSource video, Zimbio gallery 1, Zimbio gallery 2. For more on the poppy installation, see the Tower of London site.
Undoubtedly an eye was kept here to the color of Her Majesty's outfit and the background of poppies, because the contrast really serves to accentuate the massive scale of this installation. And massive is the word, as the Tower marks the centenary of the First World War by progressively filling the moat with 888,246 ceramic poppies.

As far as brooches go, the green suit was accompanied by the top portion of the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch, without its pendant. This is the third time we've seen this one used this year, but we haven't seen the pendant yet in 2014.


Photos: Chris Jackson via Getty Images, and ITNSource video

15 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
I'd say this could be the Pearl Trefoil Brooch, but we've returned to the audiences where you can hardly see the bling. ETA: Courtesy of an HQ version posted by Go Fug Yourself, yes, this is the Pearl Trefoil.


Photo:WPA Pool via Getty Images

14 October 2014

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Dame Marguerite Pindling, newly appointed Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, for an audience at Buckingham Palace, and invested her with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio.
Now this is what you wear to meet The Queen! In fact, Dame Marguerite might be the only person to ever out-coordinate QEII. Her Maj's handbag, impeccably shiny though it may be, just can't compete. (It is a little different than her favorite square style, though. I'm not sure what it says about me that that's the first thing I noticed when looking at these pics.) Anyway, the Cullinan V Brooch is out to play here, and by my records we haven't seen it since March 2013, which is a pretty long break for this former favorite.


Photo:WPA Pool via Getty Images

10 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio, article from the BBC
Well, of the audiences held today, the one above isn't the headline-maker, but it does show the brooch. Here's the one you came for:

Angelina Jolie, awarded an honorary damehood for her humanitarian efforts. And wearing a version of one of my favorite Ralph & Russo runway looks while at it! Tremendously elegant.


Photos: WPA Pool via Getty Images

08 October 2014

Audiences at Buckingham Palace and Investiture

The Queen held several audiences at Buckingham Palace.
For more: Gallery from Zimbio.
Break's over, folks! Back to work and back to brooches, this one being the larger of the brooches that go with the Nizam of Hyderabad set of jewels.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

Update: The following day, October 9, Her Majesty held an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Per usual, no brooch was to be seen.

Photo:Pool via Getty Images