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.