20 April 2014

Easter Service and a New Official Portrait

The Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, attended Easter Service in Windsor.

Apparently there's some construction work going on that prevented the traditional photo op coming up the stairs and accepting flowers, so much of the Easter coverage is as above. My, doesn't Her Maj's back look well... But we did get to see, through the rain, a pair of Aqua Clips making a return appearance, click here for that. They were a bright spot on an outfit that reflected a dreary day with its muted shade of blue. Pretty much everyone except the Princess Royal in a rich green seemed determined to dress to blend in with the rain, the building, or maybe a bird crashing into the building (in the case of the Countess of Wessex's hat). Click here for plenty of photos, plus a video, from the Daily Mail.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Also today, a new official portrait of the Queen was released. The portrait by British photographer David Bailey was commissioned by the Government's GREAT Britain campaign. It was taken in March and released to mark Her Majesty's 88th birthday on Monday. 
What's great about this, from a jewel perspective, is how much dimension it gives the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch. You typically have to catch this one from the side in order to tell that the pearl is much larger than it seems from a head-on shot. I'm loving it. Click here for more on the portrait from the BBC.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

Photos:Daily Mail screencap/David Bailey via WPA Pool