24 May 2017

Order of the British Empire Centenary Service and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen, as Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, with The Duke of Edinburgh, Grand Master, attended a Service of the Order celebrating its 100th anniversary at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Royal Family

Welp, friends, I regret to inform you that we have a missed tiara opportunity on our hands. The Queen is Sovereign of the Order of the British Empire. As such, she has an extra grand mantle (robe) to wear for these services - and with all that regalia, she wears a tiara. (Which was on display when this service was last held, in 2012. See more on her OBE gear here.)

Except this year, while The Duke of Edinburgh and others wore their collars and mantles, Her Maj decided to skip it. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told the Daily Mail that it was The “Queen’s personal choice to wear day dress.” Her mantle has a train and requires a page boy to manage; though it's not as heavy as the mantles she uses for other orders, it would still make it harder to get around, and I'm guessing that's the reason for the downgrade.

So instead, we got a Stewart Parvin coat and dress with a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat and the Queen Mother's Diamond Palm Leaf Brooch. I love her coats that just fasten at the top to allow a look at the dress underneath, even if I am smarting a bit from the loss of a tiara.

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

May 23: The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace

Missed this one yesterday, and it's a rare spot, too. She's wearing the New Zealand Fern Brooch! We haven't seen The Queen wear this since 2012; since then, The Duchess of Cambridge has worn it and it did appear in a portrait. The Queen also received the High Commissioner of New Zealand yesterday, so this was no random brooch selection.

New Zealand Fern Brooch