Three cheers for Her Majesty the Queen ~ Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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.
This was followed by a star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert for the Queen to include Sir Paul McCartney.
Other esteemed entertainers such as Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox also preformed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her dazzling brooch, which is made from two of the nine Cullinan diamonds, weigh 94.4 carats and 63.3 carats. Smashing!
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.
Her matching blush colored headpiece was by Jane Taylor.
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.
The shoes were the ever famous L.K. Bennet Sledge style and she carried a matching satin box clutch by Jane Taylor.
The Princess Royal, Anne. She was prettiest I have seen her.
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.
The Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s cathedral was quite moving.
The Queen recorded a heart warming video of thanks HERE.
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.
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.
Zara’s brother, Peter Phillips, is shown here with his wife, Autumn.
Princess Eugenie and Mike Tindall are seen with the late Princess Margaret’s son David, Viscount Linley, and his wife Serena.
The Queen’s cousin, 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.
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.
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.
Why don’t more men wear top hats?
No one does pageantry like the British.
Pomp and Circumstance is at its finest with the Household Cavalry.
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.
It is commonly shortened to Elizabeth Regina or Queen Elizabeth the Second. Rex is the masculine form representing a King.
Many of you asked via the Décor 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.
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 Red Arrow’s Formation Flyover was spectacular.
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 ABC.com
I hope you have enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee.
The Duchess of Decor