13 October 2018

Princess Eugenie Wears One of Queen Victoria's Wheat-Ear Brooches

For the private evening dinner held after the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, the bride debuted another loan from her grandmother, The Queen.

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The catch is that we can't actually see the loan. The Royal Family's press release was kind enough to let us know anyway that Eugenie wore one of Queen Victoria's Wheat-Ear Brooches in her hair:

"Princess Eugenie also wore a hair slide belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide. They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to The Queen in 1952. Her Majesty has worn them as both hair slides and brooches."

I believe this is the first time The Queen has loaned out any of the Wheat-Ear Brooches. It's a significant loan, since these are heirlooms of the Crown and are some of the oldest pieces The Queen still wears. It's lovely to see them in use by a new generation of Queen Victoria's descendants. (Or at least to know one is in use, if not exactly to see.)

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara

Boucheron made this tiara for Mrs. Greville in 1919, featuring brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé-set in platinum with a central 93.70 carat emerald and six emeralds on either side. It was left to Queen Elizabeth (later The Queen Mother) as part of the Greville bequest in 1942. The tiara later passed to The Queen and it remained unworn by the Royal Family until 2018, when it was loaned to Princess Eugenie for her wedding day.

Read about the tiara's full story here, at Order of Splendor.

12 October 2018: The Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

12 October 2018

The Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, and other Members of The Royal Family attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
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The Queen picked a Stewart Parvin ice blue cashmere coat with diamanté buttons and a coordinating blue, peach and gold dress for her granddaughter's wedding today, paired with a matching Angela Kelly hat. Plus a very dapper Duke by her side, of course!

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While I always hope big family occasions will bring us something rare in the brooch department, you also can't really complain about an 18.8 carat Cullinan chip. And the Cullinan V was certainly sparkling like crazy in the lights today. Yummy. (The earrings are looking a little bigger to me - will need to seek out some more pics later for confirmation.)

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

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Another wedding also brings about another surprise tiara loan! The Queen loaned Princess Eugenie the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, a piece which was obviously part of the Greville bequest but which has not been seen on a member of the Royal Family prior to today. It's one many have been waiting anxiously to see!

This is the first time we've seen Eugenie in a tiara and I believe the first time we've seen her wear jewelry loaned from her grandmother. The earrings were a gift from the groom. The green details are stunning on her!

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We also had a loan on The Duchess of Cambridge, who wore The Queen's Diamond Pendant Earrings again.

Click here for complete wedding coverage at Order of Splendor.

P.S.: The Queen did have an investiture yesterday. Of course, I've yet to see evidence of the brooch, so I didn't cover it separately.

01 September 2018

The Braemar Gathering

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Rothesay, The Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, attended the annual Braemar Gathering in Scotland.
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Ah yes, the jolliest occasion of the Scottish summer break is upon us! And so is our annual sighting of the Braemar Feather Brooch.

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We're still keeping up with all the rest of the Balmoral appearances on the big Balmoral Holiday post, of course. Her Maj's theme for the summer is blue, have you noticed?

06 August 2018

Balmoral Holiday, 2018

By Nick Bramhall from Aberdeen, UK - Balmoral Castle Uploaded by Kurpfalzbilder.de, CC BY-SA 2.0

The Queen started her annual summer Balmoral holiday on July 19. She stayed at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral estate while the castle was still open to the public as she usually does, followed by taking up official residence at the castle itself on August 6. Her break usually ends around late September/early October with an engagement or two in Scotland before heading south.

Any appearances by The Queen during her holiday will be gathered in this post.


October 7: NEW! As she wraps up her Balmoral break, Her Maj jumps straight from summer to winter with her fur-trimmed red outfit. Both the Gold Trellis Brooch and Lady Sarah Chatto accompanied her to church today.

September 30: The Sapphire and Diamond Grapes Brooch shows up at church as blue continues to be the color of the summer.

September 23: The Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch makes another church appearance. In other Balmoral news, The Queen was spotted checking in on some horses, and unfortunately one of her ladies-in-waiting, The Hon. Mary Morrison, broke her ankle in a fall at the castle. [Express, Hello]

September 16: Another church brooch that needs no debate: the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch.

September 9: Church again and hmm, interesting, this kinda looks like a badge to me. We'll see what you think. Here's a gallery for your investigation. [Zimbio]
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September 2: The Cullinan V Brooch stands out beautifully on this navy coat for another Sunday at Crathie Kirk.
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September 1: The annual Braemar Gathering has its own post right here.

August 26: More members of the Royal Family have arrived at Balmoral. The Queen, wearing the Pearl Navette Brooch, was joined in her car for church by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen. [Evening Standard]

August 19: A good effort from the Pearl Trefoil Brooch here, trying to stand out on this beige tweed for another Sunday church outing.

August 12: It's about time for a thistle brooch. The Three Thistle Brooch was worn to church at Balmoral. Princess Beatrice accompanied her grandmother, wearing a fabulous Garbo hat. [People, Sun]

August 6: The Queen starts her official residency at Balmoral Castle with the traditional welcome ceremony. This always includes inspecting a Royal Guard, so of course the Royal Regiment of Scotland Badge was the pick.
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August 5: Church at Balmoral, and if history's an indication, not the first time this summer the brooch will be tough to identify.

July 29: Church at Crathie Kirk near the Balmoral estate, her place of worship while in residence, wearing the Jardine Star Brooch. [Hello]

14 July 2018

Visit from The King and Queen of the Belgians

The Queen received The King and Queen of the Belgians at Windsor Castle.
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This is very exciting! Both that King Philippe and Queen Mathilde swung by for a chat (they were in London for a ceremony commemorating Belgians fallen during World Wars I and II, which happened to place them in England on the day of the Belgium/England World Cup match), and that this marks an eagerly anticipated brooch debut.

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It's the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch! A special gift from Canada presented to Her Maj last year and one I, like many of you, have been eager to see in action. These patterned dresses do a number on brooch detail (we know that from 99% of her audiences); in this case, the blue at the center of the piece has practically disappeared. But it's perfectly sized to her preferences, and I hope it's the beginning of many appearances.

As always, full info and more detail (including close ups) of the brooch can be found at the brooch link below.

13 July 2018

Meeting at Windsor Castle

The Queen met the current US president at Windsor Castle.
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This is the outfit The Queen wore to last year's "dressed down" State Opening of Parliament. At the time, the hat was accessorized with yellow-centered blue flowers, making it look distinctly reminiscent of the European flag. I guess that feedback made it back to the palace, because the hat has since been redone, a bow replacing the flowers. Her Maj chose her mother's paisley brooch for today's event, echoing the swirling pattern of this blue fabric. And that's all we have to say about today.

12 July 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen received the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar for an audience at Windsor Castle.
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I thought this brooch would be a one-and-done thing, never to be seen after its original "courtesy" appearance - only because it's not really Her Maj's style - so this was a big surprise! This is what I've blandly called the American State Visit Brooch, a gift from President and Mrs. Obama on their state visit in 2011. The petals are moss agate, a unique material in her brooch collection. You can read more about it in our flashback to that state visit here.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

So you'll note I'm pretty specifically NOT making a comment on why she may have chosen to wear this brooch today. That's because I like to keep politics away from here. Call it a measure of personal sanity. Thanks in advance for playing along.

11 July 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

July 10: The Queen received the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, with her husband David Gascoigne for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Missed this yesterday, amidst all the RAF happenings: another appearance for the Pearl Triangle, a perennial audience favorite.

10 July 2018

RAF Centenary

The Queen, accompanied by Members of The Royal Family, attended events to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, including a service at Westminster Abbey, a Presentation of the Colours at the Buckingham Palace forecourt, and a fly past watched from the balcony.

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Can't really go wrong with blue for an RAF event, can you? While some of the other ladies of the family wore badges related to specific RAF groups with which they are associated, I suppose there are simply too many of those in The Queen's collection to decide. She went neutral with the Jardine Star.

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Three Strand Pearl Necklace

This was a big event for the whole family, and the rest of the lot will be coming up on the other blog tomorrow!

06 July 2018

Holyrood Week: Order of the Thistle Service

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Cambridge (The Earl of Strathearn, in Scotland), and The Princess Royal, attended a Service for the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.
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Holyrood Week comes to a close with its grandest event, the Order of the Thistle Service. The Thistle Service happens every other year and features a grand green velvet mantle (robe) and feathered hat with the Collar and St. Andrew of the Order of the Thistle.

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The Queen opted for the same earrings she wore to the last Thistle Service, Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Makes a nice duet with Queen Mary's Floret Earrings worn to this year's Garter Service, I suppose.

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And because it just wouldn't be a day around here without someone in pearls, we have The Princess Royal, sporting her own large version of her mother's favorite style.

05 July 2018

Holyrood Week: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Visit

The Queen, Colonel-in-Chief, presented a new Standard to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at Leuchars Station, Fife. Her Majesty was accompanied by The Duke of Kent, Deputy Colonel-in-Chief.
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Just like that, we're back to the badges! There can be no more appropriate selection for an event like this.

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This outfit was worn to that fun Women's Institute engagement with The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex in 2015 and today's posy bearers did their part to made things equally delightful here.

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04 July 2018

Holyrood Week: Audiences and Garden Party

The Queen received the First Minister of Scotland and the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament for audiences at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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After two days of badges, Her Maj makes up for it with a two brooch day. Starting out with a classic, Queen Victoria's Bow...

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex, attended a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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...and following that up with a more interesting selection, the Tudor Rose! (If you can make it out there.) This one came mysteriously on the scene in 2012 and was used regularly for a couple years. We haven't seen it since 2014.

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I love the pink and blue flowers on this dress - though, as I often would, I'd lose at least one thing from the hat.

03 July 2018

Holyrood Week: No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Reception, and Badge

The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore, hosted a reception for No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The Duke of York and Earl of Wessex were present. Also today, The Queen held an Investiture at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

Day 2 of Holyrood Week brings us another badge in action.

No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RauxAF Badge
Engagement and Wedding Rings 

No. 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RauxAF Badge
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The Queen has been Honorary Air Commodore of this Squadron since she was Princess Elizabeth, in 1951. She has worn this badge to multiple occasions with the group. On a shield suspended from wings, it appears to incorporate the triple-towered castle present in the Squadron's badge (below). That castle is similar to the one present in the Arms of Edinburgh.

The Squadron's badge
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3 July 2018: Holyroodhouse Reception

02 July 2018

Holyrood Week: Ceremony of the Keys

The Queen arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, at the start of her annual week of Scottish engagements. Her Majesty was presented with the Keys of the City which she returned in the traditional Ceremony of the Keys. A Guard of Honor mounted in the Forecourt of the Palace was reviewed.
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Yellow and blue begins another packed week for Her Maj, who's looking good after cancelling an appearance at a service for the Order of St Michael and St George last week because she didn't feel well. This is the start of Holyrood Week, her annual week of engagements in Scotland where she will be based at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

To get things started, she went with her usual choice given this ceremony includes the military: the appropriate regimental badge.

27 June 2018

26 June 2018

Queen's Young Leaders Awards

The Queen presented awards and hosted a reception for the Queen's Young Leaders at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also present.
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We'll cover The Duchess of Sussex on the other blog tomorrow; for now, we've got Her Maj in her customary cheery floral and a splash of diamonds and pearls. This is already the Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch's third appearance of the year. Will it make a run for the 2018 favorites list?

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24 June 2018

Royal Windsor Cup

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, presented prizes for the Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club.
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The Duke's back! And so's the Singapore brooch, which we haven't seen since last year's Balmoral break. I guess I'll have to continue my campaign to see a pearl brooch to go with those pearl buttons; she's already worn this outfit with the Singapore brooch and with the Botswana Flower.

23 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 5

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Ascot 2018 finishes up with another surprising brooch appearance: the Maple Leaf, at an occasion not specifically Canadian (which is how Her Maj usually uses it). That solid block of diamonds does look good on this patterned suit; it's her outfit from the CHOGM Opening, with a newly revealed hat.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Just a few additional guests to cover today:

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Peter and Autumn Phillips were on hand again. We saw this hat on Autumn at Trooping the Colour 2017, where she paired it with a jade green dress from Hobbs in one of my favorite hat pairings of the year. The magenta's no longer an accent this time around, and I think this dress is the same style as the Trooping dress. This pink looks great on her. (As it does on most people, really!)

Lady Sarah Chatto was there too, sticking to her most classic style. Viscount Linley and Arthur Chatto were also spotted.

And that's a wrap for Ascot 2018!

Day 1: Queen Mary's Russian Brooch, on a yellow background
Day 2: The Jardine Star on light blue
Day 3: The Centenary Rose on pink
Day 4: The Queen Mother's Shell on green
Day 5: The Maple Leaf on blue/green

So Ascot 2018 did not, in the end, bring us anything new or anything exceptionally rare in the brooch department. The name of the game this year was surprising combinations, my favorite being the use of a sapphire on a yellow outfit. Which was your favorite?

22 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 4

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Her Maj is here to prove once again that she can wear alllllll of the colors, just in case you had any doubt left. Day 4's ensemble is by Angela Kelly. Also once again, she's bringing her mother's memory with her to the races today, wearing the Shell Brooch.

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It's the weekend and royal attendance at Ascot tends to taper off right about now, so let's take care of the other attendees here:
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 Princess Beatrice was joined by both her parents for a family day out at the races. I LOVE THAT HAT. Brim for daaaaays! It's by Sarah Cant and her dress is from The Fold. 

Sarah Cant Gloriosa hat
 Could have had a better dress pairing, I would say, but it's a shape she's clearly in love with as she wore a similar one in pink for Trooping the Colour. Sarah, Duchess of York opted for a navy Roland Mouret dress and a classic Philip Treacy hat.

I think Princess Eugenie handed off the floral baton yesterday to Princess Haya. I find this a more successful hat pairing, the solid black not competing with the big pattern. It was another successful day at the races for the Dubai royals and their Godolphin team, with Princess Haya and Sheikha Jalila accepting the prize for their winner in the King Edward VII Stakes.

21 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 3

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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HOT PINK for Ladies' Day, friends. Another combo from Stewart Parvin and Rachel Trevor Morgan today. I think the strength of this color helps to cut the serious twee potential of the Centenary Rose Brooch. Though I am, as ever, not wild about this brooch.

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20 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 2

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Can you believe this is only the second appearance of the Jardine Star this year?! This year's list of most frequently worn brooches should be interesting. It looks great on this outfit from the dynamic duo of Stewart Parvin and Rachel Trevor-Morgan. I am in love with the pink flowers against this light blue.

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Following up on their cousins' day out to the Epsom Derby earlier in the month, Her Maj's carriagemate for the day was Princess Alexandra. In addition to her elegant hat, she really piled on the gems: emerald earrings, big pearl choker, emerald butterfly brooch, diamonds throughout. So far, my Best in Bling this Ascot. (But it's only Day 2, royal ladies, so step up and contend for the title...)

19 June 2018

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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This yellow Angela Kelly outfit with blue accents isn't the only yellow with blue outfit in The Queen's wardrobe and it has been suggested here in the past - such as Ascot Day 1 in 2016, in fact - that she try out a sapphire brooch on the yellow background. Her Maj has heard you, and she's game. I like this version of giving us something interesting at Ascot; Queen Mary's Rusisan Brooch isn't anything especially rare (we saw it twice last year), but a shake up of the obvious color pairings is another way to surprise.

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She shared a carriage with a rather chic-looking Princess Anne (shown here in a textbook example of a "like mother, like daughter" photo), who sported a large brooch of her own. This gold and diamond number has been in her jewel vault for decades and is often attributed to Andrew Grima.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Coming up tomorrow at the other blog: The rest of it!

18 June 2018

Garter Day

The Queen gave a Luncheon Party for the Companions for the Most Noble Order of the Garter. A Service was held in St. George's Chapel this afternoon.
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The Garter Service begins with the Garter Knights and Ladies walking down to St. George's Chapel, a procession full of pomp and ceremony. The Queen did not walk this year, however, choosing instead to ride in her car. I suspect this is a permanent change, bringing an end to her walking the distance in a mantle so long it needs two pages to bring up the rear. (I can't blame her, of course; I'm just glad she's still wearing the robes.) Her last time walking in the procession was actually 2015, since 2016's was switched to cars because of rain and 2017's service was cancelled.

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Jewel-wise, the event remains a showcase for The Queen's earrings. It's been white stones for a few years now, and that continues in 2018 with Queen Mary's Floret Earrings. We haven't seen these in use since 2014, so that's a nice return.

We'll be chatting about the rest of the crowd at the other blog tomorrow, so stay tuned.

17 June 2018

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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No brooch, oh no. How ironic, leaving off one's signature jewel when attending an event sponsored by none other than Cartier. I hope Her Maj is getting ready to ramp up the jewelry for the big week to come...

14 June 2018

Visit to Cheshire

The Queen, accompanied by The Duchess of Sussex, visited Cheshire for a day of engagements.
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A jolly away day for these two, as you knew it would be. The Queen was neon in her repeated Stewart Parvin coat and dress with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat; The Duchess of Sussex was elegantly blergh in Givenchy, a return to her British wedding gown designer, Clare Waight Keller.

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I would be absolutely head over heels about Meghan's ensemble if it was in a more interesting color, but as I said, it is still elegant. The real feature here are her earrings. Buckingham Palace took the unusual step of confirming that they are a gift from The Queen - a gift, not a loan. They are pearl and diamond, a baby version of the button earrings worn by Her Maj on a daily basis.

Many are suspecting that these were pulled from The Queen's personal collection, but I'm not so sure; she tends to loan those pieces, so the mention of these being a gift has me wondering if they weren't purchased for Meghan. This design is so basic and so common, it will be hard to be certain unless the palace decides to confirm again.

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Anyway, the design works well on Meghan. (There's a reason one pearl and one diamond in an earring is such a popular combo, there's a version for everyone!) As for Her Maj herself, she sported Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch, which we haven't seen much of this year, and it looks great on this coat.

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09 June 2018

Trooping the Colour

Her Majesty, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, was present at The Queen's Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade at which The Queen's Colour of The 1st Battalion The Coldstream Guards was trooped.
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Another year, another official birthday, and another appearance for the Brigade of Guards Badge. The Queen's traditional choice in the years since she stopped riding in the parade, this badge combines the symbols of five Household Regiments, tying Her Majesty to the different troops that perform Trooping the Colour each year.

This year's Stewart Parvin outfit and Angela Kelly hat makes two light blue years in a row for Her Maj. Still giving us time to recover from 2016's neon surprise, I've decided. As for the rest of the family, check out the post at the other blog!


08 June 2018

Westminster Abbey Diamond Jubilee Gallery Opening

The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, opened The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey.
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The Grima Ruby is certainly a statement brooch - and I had to laugh, coming after a no brooch day, that she made sure there was no way we'd miss this one. Especially on a magenta background. (She wore it on a similar color in December.)

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Charles was her escort for the day, and the galleries they opened - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries - sound absolutely fascinating. They're set in the medieval triforium way above the floor at Westminster Abbey, showcasing 300 pieces from the Abbey's collection. Their Facebook page has a little teaser video; the space opens to the public on June 11.