27 July 2020

Call with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

July 24: The Queen made a virtual visit to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via video call, to hear about their response to the coronavirus outbreak and see the unveiling of a new portrait.
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Not the easiest brooch to see on a patterned dress and not the easiest via video either, but we do have a 2020 sighting of the delicate Women of Hampshire Brooch here.

Two Strand Pearl Necklace

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Plus, the virtually unveiled portrait offered a bonus brooch of its own: the Cambridge Pearl Pendant.

18 July 2020

The Wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

July 17: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh attended the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
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As promised, a couple photos from Princess Beatrice's wedding were released in time for the Sunday papers. Her entire bridal look is a total surprise to me!

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Norman Hartnell managed to rack up another royal wedding gown four decades after his death, as Beatrice chose to wear a gown from her grandmother's archives. The Queen wore this Hartnell dress to the State Opening of Parliament in 1967. It was changed for this occasion, with alternations and fitting done by Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin. It's such a great dress for Beatrice. I love the sleeves - and of course the whole idea of digging into The Queen's dress archive is so sweet.

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 The dress also goes perfectly with her surprise tiara choice: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, on loan from The Queen and worn by QEII herself on her own wedding day! I love a fringe tiara, so I'm thrilled to see this one in action again. It was also Princess Anne's wedding tiara.

And as for The Queen herself, she wore the same outfit we covered for yesterday's investiture, with the Rose Gold Brooch

Update: The Royal Family released two additional images.

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17 July 2020

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Tom Moore, a World War II veteran who raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, at an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
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A special outdoor ceremony for a special knighthood on a special day! Of course Princess Beatrice was married earlier, with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leaving lockdown to attend. It looks like this outfit and brooch were worn for that too.

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Three Strand Pearl Necklace

(Since it seems we will have photo(s) from the wedding later, it will have its own post at that time.)

15 July 2020

Call With Members of the Armed Forces

In video released July 14th, The Queen spoke via video call to service personnel from the British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force to hear about the work of the British Armed Forces at home and overseas during the pandemic.
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Sneaking in a few extra pearls when she can, much appreciated. It's even been a few years since we've seen this Queen Victoria gem in use.