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Monday, June 4, 2012

Diamond Jubilee~ What The Royals Wore

There have been many events leading up to the Diamond Jubilee festivities over the past several weeks.


Things really got underway on Tuesday, May 30th, with a garden tea party held at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen wore a lilac print silk dress and wool coat by Peter Enrione with a matching Angela Kelly hat. She of course carried her ever present black patent Launer handbag.

Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2012 in London, England.

Proving once again she is a class act and wanting the focus to remain on Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cambridge wore an Emilia Wickstead coat dress that was very recently seen on May 18th at a Windsor Castle lunch. Also on repeat were her LK Bennet “Sledge” pumps and “Natalie” clutch.

She topped her ensemble with a new Jane Corbett hat and double drop pearl earrings.

A group photo showed the Duchess of Cornwall in a crème frock and the Princess Royal wearing earth tones.

This is the only picture I could find of the Countess of Wessex. I would have loved to have seen her hat more closely. It appears to have peacock feathers.

Countess of Wessex (L-R) Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the first of this year's royal garden parties held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on June 29, 2011 in London, England.

I am thinking that she too did a bit of recycling. If so, her topper was made by Jane Taylor. Bravo!

Later that evening, Queen Elizabeth attended a dinner with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland at the Caledonian Club.

Queen Elizabeth II

Lavender is one of the Queen’s favorite colors and it paired beautifully with a spring green. She is never without a pair of Genevieve Lawson gloves.

The event which the Queen was probably most looking forward to was the Epsom Derby held on Saturday. Her Majesty wore a royal blue crepe coat by Stewart Parvin and a hat by Rachel Trevor~ Morgan.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the Investec Derby Day

The square cut diamond and cabochon sapphire brooch on her coat originally belonged to Queen Mary who received it as a wedding gift from her sister, Empress Feodorovna of Russia. The Queen inherited the brooch in 1953, the year of her Coronation.

Day at the races: Both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, looked delighted by their warm welcome at Epsom racecourse

The Queen’s granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, also attended the derby. 


Much was made over Princess Eugenie’s Union Flag painted nails.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wore quite the chapeaux.

Sunday, June 3rd, brought the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant where the Queen launched 1000 ships and broke a Guinness World Record. It was an amazing floatilla that stretched for seven miles.

The Queen was resplendent in an Angela Kelly coat and hat.  The Bouclé fabric was embroidered with gold, silver and ivory circles and embellished with Swarovski crystals.

 The front and neckline of the coat was finished with a silk organza frill. It was said that the outfit took a year to design, create and embroider.

The Queen's hat had a swept up brim. The crown was made of the same material as the coat. Details included feathers hand dyed in Buckingham Palace by one of Angela Kelly's team. More silk organza and Swarovski crystals were used to decorate this uniquely shaped hat.

The Queen wore her grandmother, Queen Mary's, Devon pearl button earrings and pinned the Jardine Star brooch to her coat.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Thames Pageant. The Queen is wearing a late Victorian diamond star brooch given to her by Lady Jardine in in 1981.

The diamond brooch is in the shape of an eight-point star with a large central diamond from the late Victorian era.

The Jardine Star brooch has a collet diamond in between each of its eight points and is late Victorian.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a stunning red wool Alexander McQueen dress, Prince William dressed in his RAF uniform and Prince Harry wore his Household Cavalry uniform.

The Duchess sported a matching red Sylvia Fletcher hat from James Lock & Co.

Piped aboard: Kate and William arrive at the boat

Her accessories were kept simple. She carried a matching red Alexander McQueen clutch, Kiki McDonough citrine earrings, a scarf made of Strathearn tartan - a nod to her Scottish title, the Countess of Strathearn, and a brooch in the shape of two dolphins with a crown which was a wedding gift from the RN Submarine Service. Prince William is Commodore in Chief of that unit.

The Duchess of Cambridge prepares to board the Spirit of Chartwell where she and Prince William joined the Queen for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London

Princess Eugenie wore a coral Roland Mouret dress, LK Bennett shoes, carried a Anya Hindmarch bag, and topped her ensemble with a black and coral Stephen Jones hat.

Princess Beatrice began the day in a navy blue and silver Suzannah dress paired with a berry colored Moschino cardigan.

Later she topped her dress with a navy coat from Marni. The Countess of Wessex is shown next to her.

The Duchess of Cornwall wore an elegant cream coat and dress by Anna Valentine and a cream straw hat by Philip Treacy.

While not exactly royal, I rather loved Pippa Middleton’s navy blue suit by Milly. Her brother, James, was also quite handsome.

I believe that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, is quite enjoying her Diamond Jubilee.

Is it ok to say Her Majesty is just darling?

Spectacle: 1,000 strong flotilla has set a new world record

We’ll have more Royal fashion on Wednesday.

The Duchess of Decor


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for this post Laura! I loved all the outfits!!!

Marydon said...

Love to see what they are wearing. I thought Kate was pregnant? She is such a stunning beauty.

How's the house coming along ... found 'Miss' right yet? Hoping for the best ...

Have a beautiful day ~

GIVEAWAY ends 6/5

Bunny Jean said...

What lovely photos, and your narrative was very interesting.

I think the Queen is looking pretty good for her age. I was looking at some pictures of when she was crowned and she had a very good figure back in the day...

xoxo Bunny Jean

Perfectly Printed said...

The Queen is stunning!! Love the blue outfit!! Thanks for sharing some great photos.


laxsupermom said...

Terrific post! The Queen always looks perfect, and Kate looks ready to accept the mantel as she never steps out wrong either. Love all the details! I wish hats were more in fashion here in the States. Thanks for sharing.

KaseyQ said...

Kate Middleton just floors me every time I see her. I love how she can look so put-together and elegant and yet understated and sophisticated and completely her age all at the same time. And someday I hope to have legs like hers!! They're killer!

Liz said...

Sigh! Love this post! My SIL is so into hats that she has started this thing at church for the summer. All the ladies are going to wear hats the first Sunday of all the summer months. Isn't that fun?!

I did a little shout out for you on my post. I always love your posts about The Royals!

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

Sadly I missed much of the TV footage so it's wonderful to read your post and see all the gorgeous outfits! I have to say I thought the Queens Boucle' outfit was stunning! She looked amazing! My heart went out to her & Prince Philip yesterday when they had to stand for so many hours at their ages. It truly shows how Regal they are! Thanks Laura, Sally xxx

Kristina said...

Thank you for another gorgeous Royal post. So lovely!

openid said...


I think the most beautiful thing the Queen wore was the smile that adorned her face in the last two photographs.

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It's All Connected said...

I don't need any other coverage of the royal festivities, with your posts1 Thanks. ~ Maureen

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this is so fun, I love all the info you have and your pics are fabulous. Thanks for all the hard work on this series. Hugs, Marty PS - Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Thanks for another wonderful post! Keep them coming!

Priscilla said...

Of course it is OK to say she is darling. Anyone under 20 or over 80 can be "darling"!
Wonderful post.

Louise said...

Being English living in Az, THANK YOU, this was about as close to being there as I think I can get! Your posts these past few days have been so comprehensive, pretty, interesting . . . and you put me to shame! You know so much more about all this than I do!

Creations By Cindy said...

Laura, I love this post! The pictures are amazing. Love HATS!!!!! I could so easily wear hats but I look like a little boy with them off. I do love them! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

PinkPeony said...

Thank you for posting as I missed the festivities and wondered what everyone was wearing.

Everyone was dressed so elegantly, the Queen and Kate were show stoppers!

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Fabulous post always! and she is a darling queen.

Mimi said...

GREAT POST!!!!You did an outstanding job on your research!!!I love the ROYALS and do posts on them BUT I DO NOT have the time or Patience to look up that much INFO..SO I LOVE POPPING In and seeing yours. YOU DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB!!!You could be our resident Royal Insider!!!!
Big Hugs,
ps--I say we visit Liz's church that first Sunday each month ---good reason to dress up and WEAR a HAT!!!!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That was so much fun! I've recorded most of it but haven't sat down to watch it yet! thanks!
Blessings, Lorraine

Betty said...

Wow! You nailed this post. I love everything. I wish you were the royals correspondent for blogland. I love hats and a Scotland tartan scarf. What a hit with the Scots.
Great job.
Betty @ My Cozy Corner

E. Charlotte said...

I have just adored all your posts about the Jubilee! Thank you for all the wonderful information and photos! I've learned a lot and I can't get enough of those outfits! :D

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG thank you for pulling that all together, it was great to see the clothes and accessories up close. My friend just returned from the UK and said everything was decorated to festive and the store windows where gorgeous, just like your picture the flags where everywhere


Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

Wonderful post. But all I could think about during the Thames Pageant yesterday was...did she have her woolies on??? Her dress for the concert tonight was incredible!!!! You will LOVE it!

5th and State said...

and i would concur, the queen does indeed look darling!
i marvel at your knowledge; the materials, jewels, the designers.....fascinating!

martinealison said...

Merci pour cette très jolie publication... Les photos sont merveilleuses... de très belles toilettes...
Je viens de passer un excellent moment grâce à vous.
gros bisous

Lisa said...

A fantastic post Laura! Beautiful photos with your excellent commentary. I never knew anything about who designs what for this bunch. I do believe you're a Royal insider!
xo Lisa

Beverly said...

My favorite outfit of all the Queen wore during the celebrations was the Pageant on the Thames. That was absolutely stunning!

Eugene Lumanlan said...

great coats! i really like this site posting the designs stewart parvin.