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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Diamond Jubilee ~ The Finale

Three cheers for Her Majesty the Queen ~ Hip, Hip, Hooray!

The Queen  waves to well-wishers as she travels in a carriage

On Monday 10,000 lucky ticket holders and 2,000 VIP guests enjoyed a picnic in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

This event was attended by a few of the younger royals. Princess Beatrice wore a bright Erdem print while Princess Eugenie looked lovely in a red frock that suited her hourglass shape.

Princess Eugenie - The Diamond Jubilee Picnic

This was followed by a star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert for the Queen to include Sir Paul McCartney.

Paying tribute: Sir Paul told the Queen: 'May I congratulate Your Majesty on 60 fantastic years'

Other esteemed entertainers such as Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox also preformed.

Think pink: Sir Elton John was dressed in a sparkling bright pink coat and a black suit and a pair of black trousers as he performed Your Song and dedicated it to the Queen

The Queen arrived at 9 pm wearing a glorious cloak.

I believe she also wore this Admirals Boat Cloak in a 1968 portrait by Cecil Beaton.

As well as her 2008 session with photographer Annie Leibovitz. Yes, the Queen recycling! Bravo!

Under the cloak the Queen wore a gold lame gown trimmed in antique gold lace and adorned with Swarovski crystals by favored designer Angela Kelly.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a Whistles Bella Body-Conscious Dress in a petal print topped with a jacket from Alexander McQueen.

Cheryl's a hit! Prince William and Harry were seen beaming while Kate waved her flag with plenty of enthusiasm

Prince Charles’ approval rating has skyrocketed since his heartfelt tribute to both his “Mummy” and his father. Sadly, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was rushed to King Edward 7th hospital in Windsor with a suspected bladder infection. This doesn’t seem a surprise given that this regal man, who will be 91 this Sunday, stood for hours out in the rain for the Thames River Pageant this past Sunday.

You can view Prince Charles’ speech in a short video HERE.

The show ended with the Queen lighting one of 4,500 beacons across the world marking her 60-year reign.

It is estimated that in addition to the 10,000 people inside the temporary stadium there were close to a million people just outside the stadium.

Explosion: Fireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of The Diamond Jubilee Concert

The final day of the Diamond Jubilee celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s ascension to the throne began with a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral followed by a luncheon and ending with a carriage procession.

The Royal family will process through London in State carriages for the first time since the royal wedding at they give thanks at St Paul's Cathedral, before an address to the nation by the Queen tonight

Her Majesty was resplendent in a mint green coat and hat from favored couturier Angela Kelly. It was embellished with silver thread, Swarovski crystals and mint green stars. The neckline featured a soft silk chiffon drape.

Trusted designer: The Queen's long-serving couturier Angela Kelly designed the monarch's spectacular outfit today, a vision in mint green with glittering crystals and flowing chiffon

Her dazzling brooch, which is made from two of the nine Cullinan diamonds, weigh 94.4 carats and 63.3 carats. Smashing!

The Queen wore gems cut from the world's largest diamond on her lapel today

The Duchess of Cambridge shined in a form fitting blush lace dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Prince William was quite handsome in a morning coat.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William leave Westminster Hall, after a Diamond Jubilee Luncheon, for the carriage procession

Her matching blush colored headpiece was by Jane Taylor.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, arrives at a service of thanksgiving at Saint Paul's Cathedral

The earrings were previously seen on Catherine back in July of 2011 when she attended the display of her wedding dress with the Queen. They have also been seen on the Countess of Wessex and you can find them HERE.

kate middleton nude

The shoes were the ever famous L.K. Bennet Sledge style and she carried a matching satin box clutch by Jane Taylor.

Royal blush: Kate shone in the slim-fitting dress, her slender waist accentuated by the ribbon belt

The Princess Royal, Anne. She was prettiest I have seen her.

Bright side: Princess Anne injects a splash of colour

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a basket weave coat by Bruce Oldfield topped with a Philip Treacy hat.

Princess Eugenie wore a lovely purple dress by Suzannah. The bag was by Loro Piano. Her mushroom-colored nude stilettos were also by Gina. Princess Beatrice wore a periwinkle blue Kinder coat dress with tan colored Gina stilettos. Her bag was designed by Lemeresca.

Both girls, shown with their father, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, selected beret styled hats by Stephen Jones.

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was the epitome of lady like beauty in her smart navy suit.

Cut above the rest: Sophie Wessex¿s cut-out skirt suit

The Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s cathedral was quite moving.

The country's great and good gather under the historic arches of St Paul's for the service

The Queen recorded a heart warming video of thanks HERE.

Emotional moment: Queen Elizabeth II wipes her eyes during the thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral

It was then time for the luncheon at Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster for the Diamond Jubilee Lunch. The Queen is shown with the Lord Mayor of London, David Wooton, upon her arrival at Mansion House for the reception.

The Queen walks with David Wooton, the Lord Mayor of London, after arriving at Mansion House for a reception in honour of her Diamond Jubilee

Zara Phillps, who is the daughter of the Princess Royal Anne, attended a luncheon held in the Queen’s honor at Guildhall with her husband Mike Tindall.

Mike Tindall and Zara Philips attend a reception at Guildhall

Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, is shown here with his wife, Autumn.

Autumn Phillips's midnight blue lace dress and matching silk-trimmed coat was topped off with a patriotic touch - a blue sinemay disc hat with a red flourish

Princess Eugenie and  Mike Tindall are seen with the late Princess Margaret’s son David, Viscount Linley, and his wife Serena.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05:  (L-R) Princess Eugenie, Mike Tindall, David Linley and Serena Linley attend a reception at Guildhall on June 5, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of wellwishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations.

The Queen’s cousin, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

Queen Elizabeth II leaving Westminster Hall after attending the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon given by The Livery Companies of The City of London. Three cheers for the regal Beefeaters.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves Westminster Hall after a Diamond Jubilee Luncheon given  by The Livery Companies of The City of London

The procession began at St. Paul’s Cathedral, went past Trafalgar square and ended at Buckingham Palace. I love this image of a Guardsman on the Mall.

A guardsman marches across The Mall

I was a bit surprised that the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, sat next to Her Majesty in the carriage procession. This is a true Royal stamp of approval. Also barring with convention, and showing that he is a true gentleman, Prince Charles allowed his wife to step into the carriage before he did.

Queen Elizabeth II travels by carriage to Buckingham Palace with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales after a lunch at Westminster Hall

Why don’t more men wear top hats?

Prince Harry smiles during the Diamond Jubilee carriage procession on The Mall

No one does pageantry like the British.

Guardsmen march onto The Mall  to take up their positions ahead of the  carriage procession

Pomp and Circumstance is at its finest with the Household Cavalry.

The coaches flanked and the Household Cavalry travel down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace

Can you imagine, a band on horseback, splendid!

The E II R emblem is the abbreviated Latin form of “Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensor” which translates to Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

The Household Cavalry Mounted band join the carriage procession from Westminster Hall to Buckingham Palace

It is commonly shortened to Elizabeth Regina or Queen Elizabeth the Second. Rex is the masculine form representing a King.

The Kings Troop Royal Artillery join the carriage procession

Many of you asked via the D├ęcor to Adore Twitter and Facebook accounts why the Queen’s other children were not aboard the Royal Barge for the Thames River Pageant. The extended members of the Royal Family were in a boat, the Havengore, directly behind the Queen. This is for safety reasons. If, heaven forbid, there was a disaster the monarchy would still continue.

Shown are the Queen’s sons, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

(L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex laugh together on the deck of the boat 'Havengore' as it passes a large picture of the British royal family during the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant on June 3, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the UK celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 60th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. The Queen along with all members of the royal family will participate in a River Pageant with a flotilla of a 1,000 boats accompanying them down the Thames.

Here we see the Queen, the heir apparent Prince Charles, and his heir and spare, Princes William and Harry on the balcony. This line up is said to offer the public a sense that all is indeed well.

The Queen smiles as she stands on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

The Red Arrow’s Formation Flyover was spectacular.

The Red Arrows fly in formation over Buckingham Palace as the Royal family stand on the balcony


God Save the Queen: Words projected onto the facade of Buckingham Palace at the end of the

Well done your Majesty!

A series of photos of the Service of Thanksgiving can be viewed HERE.

The official program of the order of Service of Thanksgiving can be seen HERE.

The concert should be available for viewing later today on

I hope you have enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee.

The Duchess of Decor


openid said...


Thank you for another splendid and well written series on the royals. Due to your extensive and interesting coverage, I know who's who and was able to attend the Diamond Jubilee without leaving NJ!

Your Friend,

miss flibbertigibbet said...

We've watched much of it but these pictures are exceptional and wonderful! I am sending my Brit SIL over to have a look so she can re-live it! Thanks!
Blessings, Lorraine

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I didn't get to watch it because we were out last night! Bummer!! But thank you for the amazing cover on this Laura! I just loveeeeeeeee all the photos!!!

Perfectly Printed said...

The photos are great!! It's like a British fashion show.


Eleanor Savill said...

What a wonderful collection of pictures from the Jubilee.

I should just mention that there were originally 3 carriages. The line up would have been The Queen and Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla and then Will, Kate and Harry in the third. However it was seen as wrong to make the Queen travel alone, without her husband due to his being ill so that's why Charles and Camilla went with her.

Gracie's Cottage said...

Thanks for this wonderful overview- I really enjoyed it!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I worked the last 2 days and missed the events, so thanks! I love seeing the Queen smile so broadly. And I must say Kate and Wm always look so darn happy!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

I loved these posts, Laura, hip hip hooray for the Duchess of Decor!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...
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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Eleanor, you are exactly right. Although my thought was that Her Majesty's son, Prince Charles, should have sat next to her. It may have been for safety reasons.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Thanks for taking us along with you to the jubilee! It was marvelous and I soaked up every image!As usual, you did a wonderful job and I so appreciate all of the effort that it took to put this post together. After all, I know that you are sitting around bored with nothing to do right now! I hope that everything is going well with your preparation for the move!

Kristina said...

Again, lovely. I'm pretty sure that Duchess Kathrine is the most beautiful woman in the world. Thanks for all the time you've put into these posts.

Jane said...

Oh, my goodness, Laura, you are fantastic!!! I'v been so overwhelmed by all your posts! Haven't even commented on any of them yet, but will when I go back through them. Just amazing! I, too, had wondered about the other children so was happy to see your answer about them :)

I can't believe you're house hunting, packing, etc. and still found time to do all this!!
Thank you so much!

E. Charlotte said...

Wonderful! Thank you for another fascinating post! I read through them just grinning!

Priscilla said...

Your post was wonderful. (as always)

Kelley said...

Bravo! Enjoyed x 18!

Vicki said...

The Queen looked so lovely during all of her Jubilee festivities. Thank you so much for sharing so many great photos and facts with us. I have so enjoyed this latest series on the Royals!

Hi, I'm MarySue said...

I've loved your coverage and learned a lot about who's who. I'd love to have been there, up-close and come home with some dandy souvenirs. I do have a couple treasures from my one trip to England waaaay back in the 80's. Wishing you a happy day.

Creations By Cindy said...

Love the pics. Have enjoyed this royal series. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Betty said...

Fabulous, Well done and I loved every moment of this post. I was surprised last year to see the band riding horse back also. The Brits are truly amazing. My traveling ladies from our trip to England last year at this time had tea together yesterday. We left California on June 7, 2011 and saw the Queen's birthday on Saturday June 11.2011. I will sharing my Queen's Birthday Tea next week. Thank you so much for your hard work in making the Queen's Party a great one for us to enjoy.

Amy said...

This post made me so happy! :)

Jill Elaine said...

Thank you Laura! These posts have been so fun - and I know how much work goes into them:) Blessings!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wonderful post, Laura. I appreciate your time putting this together. Fascinating!


Bonnie said...

Have enjoyed your Jubilee posts immensely. Thank you for your hard work.

bobbie said...

Thank you for all your hard work at documenting this momentous occasion ~ you've really made me feel I was there!!

Mrs. Santos said...

We have so enjoyed your Jubilee series. Did you see this bit of news about the what the queen is doing in honor of it?

Mimi said...

I AM SO SAD it is OVER!!
My hubby said to me tonight...if you love this...THAT MUCH...why did you do your trip in APRIL and NOT in JUNE??????Or why did you go with your friends and Not wait and go to this!!!!!
WHY DID I NOT THINK Of this last year.......we started planning our girls trip to Paris...and me going on to London last summer.....may have forgot about this......
BUT I AM 10 years you and I will go to the PLATINUM JUBILEE!!!
great job on all your hard work!!

It's All Connected said...

Laura, your coverage of the Jubilee is better than any I've seen by journalists! Have you missed your calling? Thanks for all the beautiful visuals and commentary! ~ Maureen

French said...

Just WOW~~~

Karen said...

Thank you!!!!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

I decided when I get old, or better yet, when I decide to think that I might be of a respectable age, I would love to apply the fashion sense of the Queen. She has quite an amazing wardrobe. I noticed the picture in the church where the Queen is wearing gloves; I haven't seen gloves being sported in such a long time. I have several pairs but have never worn them. I think I might change that, if it's good enough for the Queen, then I will follow suit. Oh, speaking of suits, I need a new suit, too.

Pip pip cheerio, dear,

Beverly said...

I was watching it all with you. My poor husband endured.♥