After all the build up for the Diamond Jubilee, it’s hard to believe there is just one more day left of official celebrations. Before we dive into the highlights of the Buckingham Palace concert that went on this evening, we’ll give a shout out to Prince Philip. As you’ve probably heard, he is in hospital to treat a bladder infection and unfortunately will not be able to join the celebrations tomorrow, either. It seems that the whole standing for four hours in the rain thing yesterday wasn’t much of a help.
Get well soon, Philip!
Hobnobbing with Picnickers
Fortunately it didn’t rain in London today and some of the Royals, including the York sisters, were in there mingling. As we’ve discussed, Beatrice and Eugenie are not likely to be full time working royals however much they might like to be. Both Prince Charles and the Queen want to keep the focus on the direct line of succession particularly over this three day period, so this was a nice way for them to be included.
Beatrice showed up in another printed frock:
And Eugenie’s Union Jack manicure that we first saw at the Epsom Derby on Saturday was still in fine form and matched her red dress. It’s tough to see in this picture but it’s there, I promise:
This is a bit of a tradition now. As you can see, the Yorks did the same thing during the Golden Jubilee in 2002:
Sophie was there today as well and debuted some serious palazzo pants. Not entirely sure how I feel about them, but she looks easy and breazy and her hair looked great.
Also, check out the little fellow in the red bow tie. I think he should get the Most Dapper Picnicker Award:
Carole and Pippa Middleton were also spotted amidst the revellers so it’s nice to see that they’ve been included in the festivities throughout the weekend.
The Queen’s Cape
The Queen’s cape was another highlight for me. Her Majesty showed up to the Royal Box wearing earplugs and a stunning Admiral’s boat cloak. I mean, stunning! I love capes in all shapes and sizes and think there should be more of them out there. Maybe this will help my cause?
Also, this cloak may just be the very one that she wore for this Cecil Beaton portrait back in 1968:
What a fantastic wardrobe repeat!
The Seating Arrangements in the Royal Box
Ok, let’s play I Spy A Royal.
I’ll start in the upper left hand corner with Mike Tindall carrying a Union Jack flag. That’s Zara Philips beside him (looks like she got a lovely blow out) and her brother Peter is next. Then we have his wife Autumn Philips, followed by Viscount and Viscountess Linley with their son Charles Patrick Inigo Armstrong-Jones (thanks, Laura!), and then the two folks next to them have been identified by reader Kate as the Earl and Countess of Ulster (thanks, Kate!). In the next row starting from the left we have Eugenie, Beatrice, Kate, William, Harry, Sophie, Edward, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester with Princess Alexandra. Then the second person in on the front row is Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan William. He’s seated next to Princess Anne who is next to her husband Tim Laurence. Next to him a seat was kept empty seat for Prince Philip. Her Majesty is next. She’s seated next to Charles who is seated with Camilla (lovely icy blue suit), and Andrew. Phew!
Time for another memory moment. Here we have Charles, William, and Harry at the Golden Jubilee concert ten years ago. So young! So much more hair! And I love how they all had tartan blankets at the ready should it get a bit chilly…
I think this is a nice preview of what we can expect during the upcoming Olympics…a lot of royal flag waving. I am counting on it:
Those flags also work as good pointer sticks as Harry demonstrated:
Looks like Prince Andrew had a flag pole sized one at the ready but sadly I can’t find a picture of it in action. I hope he brings it out again next month at an Olympic tennis match or something:
What a view
This is how you party at the palace, am I right?
Good Night, Everyone:
Charles closed the show in a witty and thoughtful speech which included a suggestion that if they all yelled loud enough Prince Philip might be able to hear them:
Naturally, he did the honour ten years ago as well so he is quite the pro at this sort of thing:
Tomorrow will be the Service of Thanksgiving and some carriage rides down the Mall (yippee!) which will take the Royals back to the Buck House for a balcony appearance. That’s what I’m most looking forward to, but the weather report isn’t looking great for the planned Fly Past. We can’t have another “wow moment” cancelled! Fingers crossed it can all go according to plan…
We’ll leave you with this picture of the Queen in her golden gown. Happy Jubilee!