31 July 2015

The Duchess of Cornwall's Cubitt-Shand Tiara

A secondary tiara option for The Duchess of Cornwall (after her favorite, the Greville Tiara), the Cubitt-Shand Tiara is a diamond floral tiara that comes from her own family rather than the royal family. Since marrying The Prince of Wales, she has worn it to lower profile events such as the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace. Read more about the tiara at Order of Splendor. 

2 June 2015: Royal Academy of Arts Dinner
2 December 2014: Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace

*As always, only those specifically covered here or at the other blog are listed. 

Photo: via Getty Images

25 July 2015

A Royal Welcome: The Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

The Queen has now headed to Scotland to start her Balmoral holiday, which means that Buckingham Palace is ready to welcome summer visitors. This year's exhibition is called A Royal Welcome, and focuses on state visits and other official events that bring guests to the palace.

Welcoming guests is their specialty: between state visits, receptions, garden parties, investitures and private audiences, the royal family welcomed around 62,000 people to the palace last year. Visitors get to enter through the Grand Entrance, see the ballroom all set up as it is at state banquets, and more.

The exhibit promised a display of The Queen's jewelry - as it should, since no state banquet would be complete without some dazzling diamonds - and now we get a peek at the selections. From the gallery above, you'll see the following pieces (at least):

And much more!  If you can't be there, you can always order the exhibition book the Royal Collection puts out, click here for that. The State Rooms are open now through September 27th.

21 July 2015

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Jocelyn Roy-Vienneau upon her appointment as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Canada for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

Proof we've had more brooch variety this year: this is only the third recorded appearance of Victoria's Bow so far, not many for one that is normally among the favorites. But I'm just happy to be able to see it, whatever it is, at an audience after our recent bout of unidentifiables.

Photo: via Getty Images

17 July 2015

Investiture at Windsor Castle and Church at Windsor (Updated)

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
For more: EDP article, British Monarchy Flickr.
Another day, another hard to identify brooch. Siiiiiigghhhh.

Unidentified Brooch
Engagement and Wedding Rings 

On Sunday, The Queen was also pictured driving herself to church at Windsor. Again, not a great opportunity to see a brooch (and not something that we would usually see at all, if it weren't for the current controversy). You can see a shot with the brooch at the Daily Mail, if you fancy.

16 July 2015

Visit to Barking and Dagenham, and Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Barking and Dagenham to mark the London Borough's 50th anniversary.
A relatively rare brooch, worn so that it can properly be seen for a change! Excellent! The Opal Spray Brooch was a wedding present to The Queen from the Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia. It's interesting, though - opal is usually a stone that I would say Her Maj does not favor, and this brooch still seems a rare one to spot, but she's worn it three times since this blog started. That's a lot when you consider the size of her collection, really.

This is basically the best look we've had at this brooch in all the many decades she has owned it, so I can't object despite not caring much for the brooch's design. The opals do look great on this color, and the brooch is larger and much more reminiscent of the Sri Lankan Flower Spray Brooch than I thought from past appearances.

Yesterday, July 15, The Queen received the President of the Republic of Kosovo for an audience at Buckingham Palace.
The combination of an audience and a floral dress has again made brooch identification difficult. Even on video, I can't see it. Boo.

Photos:via Getty Images

14 July 2015

Queen's Award for Enterprise Reception

The Queen, joined by other members of the royal family, gave a reception for the Queen's Award for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace.

For more: Zimbio gallery.
I have to say, of all the colors in that carpet to match, I would not have picked the yellowy-green. But anyway, here's the Cambridge Pearl for those of you that missed it at the christening.

Photo: WPA Pool via Getty Images

10 July 2015

Battle of Britain Anniversary Flypast

The Queen watched a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Also present were The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra of Kent.
A bright and cheery combo for Her Maj today, made to stand out on that balcony, with her old faithful Jardine Star Brooch at her side.
Speaking of old faithfuls, Prince Philip got up to some old faithful tricks of his own at a luncheon later. But before that, it was a refreshing change of uniform pace for the family on the balcony. I do like the sight of all those RAF uniforms all lined up, don't you?

Photos:MOD/Crown Copyright, and via Getty Images

09 July 2015

Yeoman of the Guard Review

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, reviewed The Queen's Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard in the garden at Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty then hosted a reception.
Hmm. This hat reminds me of the hat she wore to the recent garden party in Germany, almost a cloche style. And...no thank you.
The Aqua Clips on the other hand...yes please.

Photos:WPA Pool via Getty Images and ITNSource video

05 July 2015

The Christening of Princess Charlotte

The Queen, along with other members of the Royal Family, attended the christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.
We will be covering this event tomorrow on the other blog, but over here, we'll cover the interests of this blog (that would be the jewels of The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall, in case you hadn't picked up on that).

The Queen selected the Gold Filigree Brooch(Singapore Peranakan Diamond Jubilee Brooch) to go with her pale pink outfit, and I think this is my favorite appearance of this brooch yet - light, fresh, and summery! Perfect for the christening of a great-granddaughter. This brooch first appeared in 2012 and though we don't know anything about its history, we've seen it several times since. Update: It was a gift from Singapore, turned into a personal favorite.
(Also relevant to all interests, everywhere: consultations of great importance with one's great granny.)

The Duchess of Cornwall paired her Everyday Pearl Earrings with her Pearl Four Strand choker with Large Diamond Clasp - a frequent selection for special occasions - and layered that over the small "C" charm chain she's been wearing with everything lately.

Also, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended Sunday service at Sandringham earlier (they were not arriving for the christening itself here, despite what the caption the tweet below says).
Not seen in this snap (but seen elsewhere), The Queen was wearing the Cambridge Pearl Pendant Brooch.

Again, stay tuned tomorrow at the other blog for coverage of the rest of the event.

Photos:via Getty Images, Twitter

04 July 2015

Holyrood Week, Day 5: Royal Auxiliary Air Force Visit

On the last day of Holyrood Week, The Queen, Honorary Air Commodore, and The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's (RAuxAF) 603 Squadron, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A military badge today, one she's worn previously for events with this group. Perhaps a feature later if a better look at the details emerges.

Photos:WPA Pool via Getty Images

03 July 2015

Holyrood Week, Day 4: Visit to Glasgow

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Glasgow on the fourth day of their annual week of Scottish engagements. They attended the opening of Strathclyde University's Technology and Innovation Centre and the openings of The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and The Royal Hospital for Children.
That's definitely a stray bit of Muppet fluff on her hat, but I still love that cornflower blue with the darker sapphire and pearl of Empress Marie Feodorovna's brooch. Delicious.
Observing a moment of silence for the Tunisia victims. Click here for video.

Photos:via Twitter and ITV News video

02 July 2015

Holyrood Week, Day 3: Scottish Veterans Garden City Association

On the third day of her annual week of engagements in Scotland, The Queen visited the Scottish Veterans Garden City Association to mark their centenary.
Animal brooches are not normally Her Maj's thing, so I was curious to see if the Double Swan Brooch would be seen again after its debut at Ascot last year. And, well, ta-daaa!
I like this color on HM, it's good for brooch highlighting (which, obvs, is the only priority). This is a good hat too, so I'm giving this appearance an A+ all around.

Photos:via Twitter

01 July 2015

Holyrood Week, Day 2: Garden Party and Audiences

The Queen held a Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Duke of Edinburgh, The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal were also in attendance.
Looks like the Kent Amethyst, and I do like the lilac outfit against the lush green and stone background here.

The Queen also held audiences at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
And she held an investiture, perhaps in this outfit too. Alas, I can't quite make out the brooch.

Photos:via Twitter