17 July 2019

Viewing the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Exhibition

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, viewed an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth ahead of Buckingham Palace's summer opening.
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No brooch, and for a Queen Victoria-related event?! Color me surprised she didn't at least throw on Queen Victoria's Bow Brooch or something.

16 July 2019

Presentation of The Queen’s Truncheon

The Queen inspected The Queen's Truncheon, the ceremonial staff of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, during an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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It's already our third sighting of the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch for the year, think it has a shot at making the year's most popular brooch list? (It did back in 2015.)

11 July 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Great brooch-to-dress match here, no?

10 July 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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There's juuuuuuust enough brooch peeking out here to call it the Pearl Trefoil.

09 July 2019

Visit to Cambridge and Dersingham Village Center Opening

The Queen visited Cambridge for a day of engagements at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Queen’s College, and Royal Papworth Hospital.
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This visit has everything: a bonus royal, a dress showcase, a little brooch tidbit, and a monarch in sassy mode. The bonus royal is of course The Duchess of Gloucester, who joined in for visit to Royal Papworth Hospital because she is the hospital's Patron.

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For those of you who like seeing the matching dresses underneath the coats, this visit offers you a good look at a bold take on her usual florals.

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A brooch tidbit! The press notes this brooch is the "Singapore Shield" gold brooch, so now we know what the palace calls it. I've been calling it the Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch around here.



And finally, some 93-year-old sass: Offered assistance with a ceremonial tree planting, Her Maj replied, "No, no, I'm not too old to plant a tree."

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July 5: The Queen officially opened the new village center in Dersingham, West Norfolk.

While at Sandringham this weekend, The Queen made what was billed as a private visit to Dersingham for an engagement. You can see a couple pictures here at Lynn News; the appearance marks the return of the Aquamarine Clips - favorites (former favorites?) that have been absent since March 2018.

Aquamarine Clip Brooches

04 July 2019

Holyrood Week: Gorgie City Farm Visit

The Queen visited Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh, on the final day of Holyrood Week.
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Here's The Queen taking a stroll with Olive the duck, as one does, while sporting two unusual things: 1) a very speedy outfit repeat (we just saw this one at Ascot), and 2) the two smaller Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches! Although we regularly see their larger rose brooch counterpart, this is the first time we've seen the smaller ones since this site began keeping track in 2012. A great way to end this year's week of Scottish engagements.

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03 July 2019

The Pink and Black Paisley Brooch

The Queen wearing the Pink and Black Paisley Brooch
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For her annual garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse today, The Queen appears to have delivered the public debut of an unusual brooch. The piece is created from seven curved teardrop or paisley shapes (paisley using the Persian bota or boteh motif), accented with diamonds or other white stones on the edges.

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The paisley shapes alternate in black and pink opaque stones. The black could be onyx (in various photos from the garden party, the reflection off the shapes can make some of the black paisleys appear to be blue); the pink could be conch pearl or coral or another material. Onyx, conch pearl or coral, and diamond is a combination of stones that brings to mind designs from the Art Deco era.

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This is a bold piece with a strong graphic impression and high contrast between the stone colors, making it an immediate standout in The Queen's large brooch collection. As of this writing, the piece has no confirmed provenance or history.

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3 July 2019: Holyrood Week: Garden Party 

Holyrood Week: Audiences and Garden Party

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of York, The Earl of Forfar, and The Princess Royal, attended a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
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Guess what time it is, folks: NEW BROOCH TIME! (New to me, at least.) This is the first "new" piece we've seen this year.

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It's an unusual pick for The Queen, with black and pink opaque stones in paisley shapes accented by what appear to be diamonds. I don't really know any information about it at this time, but you can click the brooch name below for more thoughts.



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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It's not just a NEW brooch day, it's also a TWO brooch day, as Her Maj sported something different for her audiences earlier in the day. I very nearly thought this one was also a new brooch, thanks to a dress pattern that practically erases the diamonds in this brooch. It turned out to be Queen Mary's Russian Brooch - but worn with the sapphire on top, rather than the sapphire on the bottom as we usually see The Queen wear it.

30 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Church at Canongate Kirk

The Queen attended church at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.
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Not my favorite outfit-to-brooch match, this combo, but it's another brooch we don't see super often, and I'll always take that.



29 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Scottish Parliament Anniversary

The Queen, joined by The Duke of Rothesay, marked the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
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Ooh, a rare brooch pick for day 2 of Holyrood Week! The Queen first publicly wore Queen Mary's Thistle Brooch in a 2010 portrait taken for the Scottish Parliament, so this makes for a nice callback. (We've only seen her wear it one other time, in Scotland in 2017.)

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28 June 2019

Holyrood Week: Ceremony of the Keys and High School Visit

The Queen visited Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld, and arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, for 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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Looks like we haven't seen Victoria's Bow Brooch since...last year during Holyrood Week?! Hardly seems possible for such a popular piece. Anyway, it's a good fit to a lemon outfit full of sweet details.

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27 June 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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I'm thinking we have a Palm Leaf in action here, but the floor is open for your guesses.

25 June 2019

Faith Community Reception

The Queen, joined by The Duchess of Gloucester, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of UK faith and belief groups in bringing local communities together.
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Already the fourth appearance of good old Cullinan V in 2019! Headed for another appearance on the year's most popular list? Seems a solid bet.

23 June 2019

Royal Windsor Cup

The Queen presented prizes for the Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club.
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Back in hot pink at the end of a busy week, with an interesting brooch choice to boot!

 

22 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 5

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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It's the last day of Royal Ascot and at last I have an outfit to call my favorite of Ascot 2019. It's not The Queen - sorry, ma'am - but she was looking garden fresh indeed as she gave her mother's shell brooch its first outing of the year. (I think my favorite of The Queen's Ascot outfits this year was Day 4.)

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No, my Ascot fave this year has to goes to the blue-clad beauty Her Maj was chatting to above, her granddaughter-in-law Autumn Phillips. In a JUMPSUIT, no less! I liked it even before I saw this absolutely boss #TeamShades pic, for the record. Easy, breezy, and a chic take on the Ascot dress code.

21 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 4

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today. 
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Have we got some COLOR on display today, friends, as Ascot starts to wind down. The Queen got things rolling with her raspberry coat featuring a nice cut away detail to display the silk floral dress underneath. The Jardine Star Brooch looks enormous here, with a strong solid background to show off its full design. 

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Her Maj's seatmate for the ride in was Lady Helen Taylor, sporting an unusual orange and pink combo with a whole lot of hat froof. Normally, I'd advocate for ditching the orange bow...situation. But cast her as a supporting player in the raspberry queen's color story and suddenly I'm feeling like, sure, why not? 


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 Sarah, Duchess of York poses her own why not: Why not just treat every color like a neutral? Neutral green, neutral yellow, neutral purple. Maybe just not all at once, though.

20 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 3

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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A mother-daughter duo of soft colors and yellow gold accents kicks us off on Ladies' Day!

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Seems like an outfit tailor-made for this specific brooch, no? This outfit's also having a lot of fun with texture, which I like.

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I'm all on board for the color story happening with the rest of the family. I'll give a double well played to Autumn Phillips and Princess Eugenie...


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...and I'll even give one to Zara Tindall, even though I could do without pie crust anything, just for the color.


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I'm even feeling a jumpsuit-clad Countess of Wessex. I know. No one's more surprised than me.


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I gotta hop right off the train when we reach Lady Gabriella, I'm afraid. Can't recall feeling she overcooked a look before...but I guess there's a first time for everything.

19 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 2

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Ha! Some of you mentioned that you missed the Albert Sapphire in yesterday's comments and BEHOLD: Her Maj is here to grant your wishes. Look at the color on that sapphire. Delicious.

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In the fashion stakes, The Queen's wearing a Stewart Parvin "silk bourette tweed coat in mottled duck egg, worn with a co-ordinating floral printed silk dress" and a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat.

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HM once again led the family color story with The Duchess of Cornwall right behind her. The pale aqua gives her a chance to bring out one of the pearl chokers that's been in her collection the longest (since at least the 1970s), her Three Strand Pearl Choker with Aquamarine Clasp. I feel like we haven't seen this one in quite a while? Or we have and I'm just not paying that close of attention. (Accurate.)


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I wouldn't generally think of a velvet blazer as a fit for a summer event, but I also wouldn't dare contradict The Princess Royal. She's got pins and brooches to spare here, she's dangerous. Anyway, the dress underneath is super sleek and it's about time someone gave Camilla a run for her money in the pearl choker race.


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Our last major player for the day is The Countess of Wessex, and all there really is to say here is that the base of this hat is awfully distracting from this angle. That, and: Happy Anniversary! Ed and Soph are celebrating 20 years of marriage today.

18 June 2019

Royal Ascot, Day 1

The Queen honored Ascot Races with her presence today.
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Let the brooch (and hat) (okay, mostly hat) fun begin! A jauntily flipped brim straight out of the Beauxbatons Academy + a Sapphire Jubilee present from Canada = a magical match for Her Maj on Day 1 of Ascot.

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I have been waiting for an excuse for Queen Máxima to come to Ascot for-e-ver and HERE SHE IS, staying to enjoy the races with King Willem-Alexander after attending Garter Day. Nobody takes a plant to the face with more panache. And she made up for any carat deficit from yesterday with maaaaajor earrings from the Stuart Tiara (!) and a giant diamond bracelet. ("Out jewel me once, shame on you; out jewel me twice, shame on me." - Máx, probably.)


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I have been waiting for the British royals to dig into Elie Saab for-e-ver and The Duchess of Cambridge DID IT. And then she totally picked pieces that look like other stuff she has in her closet, like I could have confused this with Temperley easily. Well trolled.


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The baby shower-ready pastels continued with The Duchess of Cornwall, not that she ever needs an excuse a pastel outfit with a giant hat. She wore, as usual, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings. Zara Tindall tied the group together with a floral that is basically one puffy sleeve away from the 80s.


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For a little more hat interest, we must travel to the rest of the family, where both The Princess Royal and The Countess of Wessex offered up some under-brim interest. Honestly, I liked Sophie's whole deal a lot more before I realized it's the dress fabric on the hat. Maybe with some contrast I'd be on board.


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Of course, the York sisters did offer up some colorful contrast and I'm not really on board with either Beatrice's random tassels or Eugenie's visible headband, so probably there's no pleasing me any way. Points for an Ascot attempt, though.

17 June 2019

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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Hey hey it's Garter Day, featuring Bonus Royal Action! Before we get to that, though, it's Her Maj herself. She was decked out in diamonds this year, including Queen Mary's Cluster Earrings. Those have been more commonly spotted at the Order of the Thistle Service in recent years.

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Mantle and Bonnet of the Order of the Garter
Collar and Great George of the Order of the Garter


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Here's your Bonus Royal Action: The King of Spain and The King of the Netherlands showed up to be formally invested as Supernumerary or "Stranger" Knights of the Garter. Both received the honor during their recent state visits to the United Kingdom.

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Queen Letizia and Queen Máxima didn't miss a chance to show up in their behatted best, making for an extra splendiforous royal spouse line up this year.

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Queen Máxima just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that she's still into the ginormous belts, while The Duchess of Cambridge (in the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings from Diana) is here to reassure you that her supply of proper Catherine Walker princess gear is never-ending. Thanks for the updates, ladies.

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Rare is the day when Queen Máxima gets out-jeweled, but she must have felt the sting of a missed opportunity when Letizia and Camilla rolled up. Queen Letizia came to play, bless her, with no less than the earrings from the joyas de pasar earrings and a diamond brooch (!!) (this one's from Queen Sofia). The Duchess of Cornwall matched her gem for gem in her magnificent Pink Topaz Choker and its accompanying earrings, huzzah. Deeeelightful.

16 June 2019

Cartier Queen's Cup Polo and Jackie Stewart Luncheon

The Queen attended the Cartier Queen's Cup Final at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park.
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A couple quick appearances from Her Maj to cover before a busy week begins: her yearly stint at polo, featuring the second (confirmed, but I feel like this one has been a regular mystery brooch guess) appearance of the Pearl Triangle for 2019...

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June 13: The Queen, Patron, the Royal Automobile Club, attended a luncheon to mark the lifetime achievements of Sir Jackie Stewart.
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...and this lovely blue, though I have yet to see a front view.

12 June 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Love pulling the blue out of this dress and how you can see some of the dimension of the cabochon sapphire in this brooch! The Duke of Cambridge joined his grandmother for this audience, with the Governor-General designate of Australia.

08 June 2019

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 Colour of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was trooped.
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Rather a sedate outfit choice from The Queen today for her big birthday parade; she sort of blended in with the interior of her carriage and the Guards Badge - her choice for this event for many years now - faded into the coat. Can't be a neon queen every year, right?

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings on loan from The Queen again with her Alexander McQueen outfit (a silhouette to die for in a color I'll never love, alas) and Philip Treacy hat. The Duchess of Cornwall again wore her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings with her repeated minty fresh outfit. The Duchess of Sussex popped in from maternity leave in Givenchy.


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Princess Beatrice and The Countess of Wessex were probably able to spend their time chatting about Emilia Wickstead, since Sophie owns this dress too. Thankfully she didn't wear her version today, instead opting for a vibrant green Suzannah repeat. (A nice colorful bookend in this picture with Autumn Phillips' magenta.)


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 I hate to be brief on a big royal day, but sometimes needs must. And so, with a Prince Louis-style wave...


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I leave you to the rest of the balcony fashion spotting.

05 June 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary

The Queen and The Prince of Wales joined other world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at an event on Southsea Common, Portsmouth.
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There have been a number of war commemoration events over the past few years and The Queen has regularly attended them wearing brooches associated with her mother. That touching gesture continued today with the Centenary Rose Brooch, her own 100th birthday gift to The Queen Mother. She was all in on the pink today, striking a welcome bright note in a sea of dark suits.

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04 June 2019

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Can you spy the brooch on this dress? At first glance, it appears to be the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch worn without its pendant. I am thinking, however, that it may be another; The Queen has at least one other small round brooch with a central pearl and diamond surround (honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if she has more than one other, this is a popular and not particularly distinctive arrangement of stones). This brooch seems a bit smaller than the Cambridge. It's very difficult to be certain without a front view and on this background.

03 June 2019

State Visit from the United States, Welcome Ceremony and State Banquet

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family hosted a welcome ceremony, a luncheon, and a state banquet on Day 1 of the American state visit to the United Kingdom.
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Plenty of bejeweled treats from today's events - starting with a two brooch/two pendant daytime roster! The Queen started out with the Round Cambridge Emerald Brooch with its pendant attached. It's already the second time this year we've seen this one, and I like that track record. The Duchess of Cornwall was decked out in her usual picks, her Four Strand Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp and her Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings.

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Instead of transferring the Cambridge Emerald to her dress once inside Buckingham Palace for the luncheon, The Queen gave us a different brooch on her dress: the Cullinan VI and VIII! It's also the second 2019 appearance for this brooch, and even more of a treat.

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For the evening's state banquet, I suppose you could say The Queen paid tribute to the shared flag colors of the two nations with her combo of rubies, diamonds, and the Garter blue sash. These are some rare-ish picks, in fact: the Burmese Ruby Tiara hasn't been worn in the time this site's been keeping track and the Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace were last worn in 2015. Her white gown features daisies with crystal centers and is, as usual, by Angela Kelly.

Burmese Ruby Tiara
Queen Victoria's Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace
Diamond Bar Brooch (on back of sash)
Diamond and Ruby Bracelet


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The Duchess of Cornwall has been using her mother-in-law's strategy of white gowns for state events for some time now, continued this evening in her repeated Bruce Oldfield dress. She also wore my favorite of her pearl chokers for a lovely dash of pink and brought out the earrings she wore on her wedding day for the first time in a while.

Greville Tiara
Diamond Flower Pendant Earrings
Pink Topaz Choker
Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II
Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order


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The Duchess of Cambridge's big debut tonight was the riband and star of the Royal Victorian Order. It's her first time in a sash; she was given the honor on her wedding anniversary earlier this year. She paired this with her usual state banquet tiara choice and the sapphire and diamond earrings she has previously loaned from The Queen. Her white gown is by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara (Queen Mary's)
Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings
Oak Leaf Brooch (securing her sash)
Four Strand Pearl Bracelet
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Star, Riband, and Badge of the Royal Victorian Order


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 Big news from The Countess of Wessex, too, as her Wedding Tiara has had a bit of a makeover! The side elements have been changed and moved closer in - reducing some of the "cat ear" effect the previous design was often tagged with.

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It also looks as though she is wearing the Diamond Chandelier Drop Demi-Parure on loan from The Queen.


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Since Sophie left the aquamarine aficionado post open for the evening, The Princess Royal stepped up with her Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara and accompanying aqua gems.


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The Duchess of Gloucester was in a favorite tiara, the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara.


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Rounding things out in suites of pearls and diamonds, Princess Michael of Kent wore the Kent Festoon Tiara and Princess Alexandra wore the Ogilvy Tiara in its pearl version.

All in all, a splendid display of Windsor jewels!


 Please note: This blog is focused on the members of the British royal family. During the course of this state visit, I will ask that all comments stick to that focus and refrain from discussing politics or this visit's guests. Thank you for your understanding!

01 June 2019

Epsom Derby

The Queen attended the Epsom Derby at Epsom Racecourse.
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The Jardine Star makes its second appearance of the year as Her Maj kicks off the busiest month of the year. The brooch was also transferred to the dress underneath.

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30 May 2019

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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It's a shame we don't have a better view of this brooch, because this is a rare sighting of the New Zealand Blue Pearl Brooch (which has been worn twice before and not since 2014) and that's a really interesting color combination for The Queen to make with this dress.