18 March 2020

Audience at Buckingham Palace and Upcoming Event Information

The Queen received the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officers of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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There were a bunch of reports that last weekend's usual visit to Windsor Castle (including a church outing wearing what appeared to be the Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooch) was going to turn into a long term stay for The Queen, and those reports were wrong - but not by much. She returned to Buckingham Palace for a few previously scheduled audiences this week (the Press Association reported there were no handshakes during today's meeting) while the palace announced a bunch of changes to the upcoming schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Engagement and Wedding Rings 

The Queen will head to Windsor for the start of her annual Easter break tomorrow, a week earlier than planned, and she will likely stay there longer than the usual Easter period. Future audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Public events with large gatherings have been cancelled, including the Royal Maundy Service and the season's garden parties. Investitures will be rescheduled. Decisions are still pending on events such as the State Visit from the Emperor and Empress of Japan, Trooping the Colour, and the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Buckingham Palace has also just announced that Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have cancelled their wedding reception scheduled for May 29 in the Buckingham Palace gardens. The couple are considering whether they will hold a private wedding with a small group.

We will cover The Queen's upcoming events when and as possible, but it's probably going to be pretty quiet around here for a while! Stay well, everyone.

11 March 2020

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The received Professor Mark Compton, Lord Prior of the Order of St. John, during an audience at Buckingham Palace, where he presented Her Majesty with the Order's first ever Service Medal in Gold.
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This is not a new dress for Her Maj, but the surprise of seeing her in such bold color blocking is always fresh. And I can never get enough of a double clip brooch.

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10 March 2020

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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I suspect the Pearl Triangle has been the choice on some of the days we've not been able to see the brooch for sure, but it's peeking out juuuust enough today.

09 March 2020

Commonwealth Day

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended the Commonwealth Day observance service at Westminster Abbey.
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The 2020 debut of the Jardine Star!

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You know, I really like this soft blue outfit of Her Maj's, but seeing all four of these ladies actually makes me wish she'd gone purple like last year or something, to complete the saturated color story. (And not just because I always vote for purple.) I like the way the green-red-navy lineup works.

08 March 2020

Audience at Buckingham Palace

March 5: The Queen presented Lorna Goodison with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry during an audience at Buckingham Palace.
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One of last year's favorites makes its 2020 debut, pendant and all! The Queen was also pictured arriving at Windsor and attending church this weekend, with no brooch love for us to cover.

04 March 2020

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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Juuuust enough here to make out the Ruby and Gold Flower Brooch on this great bright red dress. The Royal Family did put out some video of one of the audiences, with the President of Malta, though I didn't find it a great help in terms of seeing the brooch.

03 March 2020

Investiture at Buckingham Palace and Church at Windsor

The Queen held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace.
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Today's investiture made headlines because The Queen chose to wear gloves as (reportedly) a coronavirus precaution. And those headlines meant video from the event was picked up and that's our only chance to see investiture brooches, so we'll take it!

Three Strand Pearl Necklace

March 1: The Queen attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Park.

Her Maj was also spotted at church this weekend, pairing the deep blue of Prince Albert's Sapphire with a turquoise outfit - somewhat unusual for her, I would more often expect a lighter blue here. (More photos available here.)

Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch