Christmas Cards from the Queen, the Yorks, and the Wessexes

As our countdown to Christmas continues, so does our look at Royal Christmas cards. Today we have a smattering of cards sent by the British Royal family over the last sixty years, beginning with the Queen. She’s sent out a real variety over the years from super formal photographs to rather relaxed. H here are a few of our favourites.

The Queen

c.1950

This card was sent prior to the Coronation and shows Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip on tour. They look so young and chipper, and that is one heck of a fur coat.

c.1950 (via )
c.1950 (via Nate D. Sanders)

1953

Things got more formal in 1953. This card was sent out to mark Christmas 1953 and as you can see it features a family portrait taken in Buckingham Palace after the Coronation. This particular card was sent to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and was personally signed by both the Queen and Philip. It is kept at the FDR Library.

(via FDR)
(via FDR Library)

1955

The card for 1955 was definitely more chill, with a young Charles and Anne standing in as book ends.

(Via Anorak)
(via Anorak)

1964

Skipping along, this photograph of the Queen and Philip with Anne, Charles, Andrew, and baby Edward was taken at Frogmore and really brings home the age difference between the siblings. There’s no way Anne was comfortable perched like that.

Baby Prince Edward (via eBay)
Baby Prince Edward (via eBay and The Royal Collection Trust)

1987

This card of the Queen and Prince Philip with their four oldest grandchildren is all kinds of awesome. Check out our post on Wee Royals in Tartan for more.

(via Daily Mail)

1988

Don’t worry, Princess Beatrice wasn’t left out of that 1987 portrait – she just wasn’t born yet. She got her time in the sun in 1988’s card, where she was pictured with her grandmother and great-grandmother.

2 Elizabeths and Beatrice (via )
2 Elizabeths and Beatrice (via Everything Royal)

1996

I think this picture is fabulous. There they are just lounging on a grassy bluff in the Western Isles on a sunny day.

So relaxed (via Daily Mail)
So relaxed (via Daily Mail)

1998

This portrait of the Queen and Philip with their children, grandchildren, and corgis was taken at Balmoral by photographer Logan Sangster during the summer of 1998. This was the year after Diana passed away and Sophie and Edward weren’t engaged yet which explains her absence(she and Prince Edward married in June of 1999).

What a gang (via Daily Mail)
What a gang (via Daily Mail and The Royal Collection Trust)

The Yorks

Next up is the Yorks. Andrew and Fergie’s cards regularly featured Beatrice and Eugenie.  When Sir Jimmy Saville died in October 2011, it was his wish that thousands of his possessions be auctioned off for charity, and these cards were among them.

These Cards were sent to Jimmy Saville (via Daily Mail)
These Cards were sent to Jimmy Saville (via Daily Mail)

This card was sent out in 2001, years after Sarah and Andrew divorced.

The Yorks in 2001 (via Pinterest)
The Yorks in their white shirts in 2001 (via Pinterest)

In 2009, Andrew sent out his card with this picture of Beatrice and Eugenie and their snowman.

We all need an HRH toque (via Hello)
We all need an HRH toque (via Hello)

The photo was taken in February of that year at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. Apparently they found that HRH toque just lying around. Amazing.

The Wessexes

2008

In 2008, Sophie and Edward sent out this card which was maligned for being a bit staid and lacking in personality.

2008 (via Daily Mail)
Sophie and Edward in 2008 (via Daily Mail)

Agreed! Sadly, it’s the only one of theirs I’ve been able to track down so far. Hopefully in years after they picked things up a bit.

So, which of these stands out as favourites for you?

Here are a few more Christmassy posts if you’d like to read more.

A look at Queen Victoria’s Windsor Castle Christmas

The Queen on Christmas Day over the years, starting in 1970

Diana at Sandringham for Christmas

Favourite Royal Olympic Moments Part Two

In our last post, we recapped some delightful moments from the Danish, Swedish, and Dutch royals. Today we’ll jump right in with the Belgian royals.

The Belgian Royals

Princess Mathilde and Prince Philippe brought their family to London to take part in the festivities. Here they are at Wimbledon watching a rousing game of tennis. That’s Princess Elisabeth hiding behind the Belgian flag; as we discussed back in February, she is second in line to the throne. Hurray for the enthusiasm:

They also did a bit of sightseeing:

The Norwegian Royals

Skipping along, Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon were in London for the start of the games, and are shown here ready for the Opening Ceremony:

They were at several events with their family. That’s Princess Ingrid on the left with her brother Prince Sverre Magnus.

The Spanish Royals

The Spanish royals did their fair share of cheering, too. Here they are during the Spain’s basketballgame against Russia:

The Queen was there, too:

Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

Now I think we’re coming to a true highlight. As you may recall, we’ve been a bit concerned about Princess Charlene after that rather dreadful interview with CBS, so we were happy to see her looking very spirited while cheering on the South African swimming team. She was a member of the South African swim team for the Sydney Olympics, and here she is when Chad le Clos won the gold in a major upset for Michael Phelps who ended up with silver.

It was awesome.

A tearful moment with mom and pop le Clos:

High Five for that:

Near the end of the games, we had another royal greeting when Prince Albert sat behind the Duchess of Cambridge

Which leads us to the British Royals…

The British Royals

Naturally, they were out in full force. Let’s boil down some key moments. First of all, let’s give it to the Queen for her involvement in the Opening Ceremony:

Would have been nice if she’d cracked a smile, but what can you do:

Kate and William were very enthusiastic cheerers:

But Prince Harry was really my favourite to watch…

…especially when he got out his camera at women’s volleyball:

Sophie got out her camera during the swimming:

And, look, Prince Daniel of Sweden made sure to say hello at another event:

And let’s here it for Lady Louise and Viscount Severn who showed up at an equestrian event:

Eugenie and Beatrice didn’t miss out, either:

But the best moment has to be when  Zara and her team won the silver medal and Princess Anne was there to award them.

Did we miss any of your favourite royal moments?

Royal Ascot 2012 Highlights

Royal Ascot is one of the high points of the British summer season – hats galore (fascinators are no longer allowed), royals curtseying and bowing to the Queen, and plenty of Pimm’s and champagne.

This year, Ascot ran from Tuesday, June 18th to the 22nd and one of our Royal Posters was there for the final day and had her camera at the ready. Seeing as we are not fully versed on the horse race aspect of Ascot, here’s a look at the sartorial side along with some Royal musings.

Oh, and they really are serious about that dress code. There are even employees on hand to inspect the arrivees. Here are three so-called dress code assistants at the ready, ready to discern a fascinator from a proper hat and whatnot:

Her Majesty the Queen

Our Royal Poster took this photograph of the Queen and Philip in their carriage on Saturday. They are in there, I promise!

Fun Fact: This is the Queen’s 65th year in a row attending Ascot. It also heralds her 21st win. This year, her horse Estimate won the Queen’s Vase Stakes, which seems rather appropriate.

To top it all off, Prince Philip presented the Queen with the winner’s  trophy. What a month they’ve had what with the Jubilee and now this!

Here’s the winning horse with the very happy Queen:

The Countess of Wessex

Love the hat, love the skirt, love everything about this ensemble. Well done, Sophie.

Also love that Sophie isn’t just there to look pretty. Oh, no. She really gets into it:

Another day, another neutral and chic ensemble:

Princess Michael of Kent

Here she is chatting away in black and white. Gotta say that all together it reminds me of a certain Disney character who just loved her dalmatian coat:

These two ladies really committed to their curtseys:

Another day, another hat. Love the pillbox:

Princess Anne

Always thrifty, Princess Anne brought out the floral outfit she wore to her daughter Zara’s wedding last summer…

…and on another day, she wore the same hat, coat, and dress that she wore to William and Kate’s wedding:

Like Sophie, Anne really gets into the spirit of things, too:

The Queen makes that exact expression when she’s getting all riled up. I can’t find the exact picture I’m thinking of at the moment, but will post it when I do.

Princess Eugenie

Euge stuck with hats of the smaller variety for her days at the races.

Hello, Man in a Hat:

I quite like this one:

Princess Beatrice

Near the beginning of the week, Princess Beatrice chose this Erdem frock, which would certainly work for a visit to Canada:

and on the final day of the races we got to see her version of the curtsey to the Queen:

Our Royal Poster took this photograph yesterday, which gives some insight into Beatrice’s view over in the Royal Enclosure. So many photographers milling about and such…

Autumn and Peter Philips

Nice to see Autumn and Peter out and about. Here’s their version of the curtsey/bow to the Queen:

What with all this talk of curtseys, let’s chat about the Order of Precedence. It has reportedly been revised to take the Duchess of Cambridge into account; the last time a revision was done was after Prince Charles married Camilla. It seems that Princess Anne wasn’t too keen on the idea of having to curtsey to Camilla around the breakfast table, so the Queen made some revisions so that this protocol wouldn’t be required. The Telegraph reports as follows:

The new rules of Court make it clear that the former Kate Middleton, when she is not accompanied by Prince William, must curtsy to the “blood princesses”, the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

When William is with her, Kate does not need to bend the knee to either of them, but she must curtsy to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Despite being married to the Queen’s son, the Countess of Wessex will, however, have to curtsy to Kate, even when William is not present.

It all sounds rather exhausting. Christmas must be quite something to get through! Now we can look forward to Wimbledon. Hope that William and Kate come out for it like they did last year!

Trooping the Colour 2012

So today the colour was trooped. That is to say that the Queen’s official birthday was celebrated with a fantastic parade of troops from the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry who all saluted Her Majesty. Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is actually on April 21, but it is always celebrated in June in order to hopefully get a sunny day. Here are our thoughts on how it all went down today.

The Carriage Procession

Our London-based Royal Poster was able to get a great spot along the Mall and got some wonderful pictures of the carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace. She saw the Queen and Prince Philip go by in their carriage and snapped this photo:

They opted for a closed carriage because of the iffy weather, which was a good call after that freezing day on the Thames. Great that Prince Philip is on the mend.

She also saw Camilla, Kate, and Harry go by. Love seeing that hand waving in the lower right hand corner:

That’s Princess Anne, the Duke of Kent, Prince Charles, and Prince William riding by as well:

And here we have Prince Andrew with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie:

Here’s a closer look at the princesses. They went outside of the box for their millinery choices:

I find it disappointing that Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex were not included in the carriage procession and seem to have been downgraded to a bus. Seriously! Here they are last year, with Sophie and Lady Louise in matching pink outfits:


I understand the desire to help to streamline the Monarchy, but for goodness sake why just stop at Prince Andrew and the girls for something like this? My guess is that it was suggested that Prince Andrew go the bus route as well, but he kicked up a fuss. I’d like to see Sophie and Edward get more recognition for their hard work.

The Balcony Appearance

That brings us to the balcony appearance! The best thing about Trooping the Colour to me is seeing as many Royals as possible crammed out on the Buckingham Palace balcony. It’s also fun seeing Princess Michael of Kent trying to get into a key position out there, some years with more success than others. Let’s review a few balcony appearances over the years and you can decide for yourself.

We’ll start with the 1982 celebrations, which took place just a few day before Prince William was born. Diana wore her Spencer pearl choker! As for the Queen, she was still riding out with the troops on horseback herself, which explains her ensemble:

Here they are the following year, with Princess Anne and the Queen helping to keep the little ones in order:

That’s Zara, William, and Peter with Diana in 1984:

In 1988 Princess Diana once again wore green with her Spencer pearl choker and Harry could barely see over the balcony.

So Diana helped him out, and Harry was Harry:

Princess Michael of Kent was there, too. See?

Jumping ahead, what on earth is the Queen saying here at the 2003 ceremony??

Here they are cramped out there in 2010. Yes, that’s Princess Michael of Kent RIGHT NEXT TO THE QUEEN:

And then last year Princess Michael fancied being next to William and Kate:

This year there were lots of Royal attendees again. Here’s a bit of a close up. From the left, that’s Prince Andrew, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, the Queen, Princess Anne and her husband, Prince Philip, Kate, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, and of course Prince Harry.

Sophie and the Queen both repeated their outfits from Prince William’s wedding. Here are Sophie and Edward after the wedding ceremony, so it looks like Sophie just got a new hat for today:

And of course here’s the Queen on the wedding day:

Kate kept her streak of wearing only Alexander McQueen on the Buckingham Palace balcony by accessorizing her beautiful bespoke Erdem dress with an Alexander McQueen clutch. Thanks to the always on top of things What Kate Wore blog for spotting that! I think she looked very Grace Kelly-ish because of that beautiful neckline. Just wish her hair was swept back so we could see more of it! Also, her dress looks like it was cut rather large, no? Just saying…

Any other thoughts on today’s festivities? Does anyone else wish Sophie and Edward were given a more prominent role? It’s tough even finding any good pictures of them today!

See you next week to recap the Order of the Garter ceremony!

Highlights of Today’s Jubilee Conclusion

Well, this is our 200th post and it seems fitting to mark that with the conclusion of the Jubilee celebrations. It’s a bit sad that it’s over, but we still have Trooping the Colour on June 16 and of course the Olympics to look forward to. It will be a very Royal summer!

The Jubilee Ensembles

Let’s dive in by first looking at what the ladies were wearing today.

We must start with he Queen, who showed up looking lovely in another Angela Kelly creation, this time in mint green. Kudos to her for creating such beautiful looks for these celebrations! Just like it was for the Thames Pageant, her coat was embroidered with tiny Swarovski crystals. Very fitting for her Diamond jubilee and love that she chose to wear her Cullinan diamond brooch. It looked spectacular pinned to the coat:

Like it was on Saturday, another photograph of Her Majesty’s outfit was issued:

Meanwhile, Kate was wearing a gorgeous lacy McQueen dress with a Jane Taylor hat, pearl drop earrings, and her trusty Prada clutch and LK Bennet pumps. A bit more of Kate coming up!

Beatrice and Eugenie showed up looking lovely as well. This was definitely their best Jubilee appearance in my books.

And bonus: these could both be recycled for the Easter service next year!

Here’s one more look at Eugenie’s nails:

Camilla’s upturned Philip Treacy hat was lovely with her gold jacket and four strand pearl choker:

It’s nice to see Peter and Autumn Philips with Zara, too. Check out Autumn’s patriotic hat! Zara’s looks like some sort of hat tiara.

Let’s get another look at that. I think this is another one for the Zara history books. In fact, it might be the wackiest one yet. Check out our review on Zara’s Christmas hats over the years here.

Hurray for another knockout look by Sophie, who also showed up in navy and it looks like she had on LK Bennet pumps as well:

Her Royal Cuteness Lady Louise, was there! Love seeing her out:

The Service of Thanksgiving

The service was a solemn occasion, with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (who sat with the royals at the concert last night) commenting that they were celebrating “six decades of living proof that public service is possible and that it is a place where happiness can be found.” Everyone seemed to be having a tough time staying alert and attentive after the revelry the night before (looking at you, Harry):

In the row behind Harry, that’s Viscount Linley, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent:

The Carriage Procession

I’m sooo glad it wasn’t raining too hard for this! Charles and Camilla joined the Queen in her carriage, no doubt wishing that Prince Philip could be there with them:

and William and Kate sat with Harry:

It must have been quite something to have been sitting in one of those carriages.

The Balcony Appearance

As was announced last week, just the seven most senior members of the Royal Family in terms of succession were on the balcony for the flypast this afternoon. The ladies were all very colour co-ordinated, with the Queen standing out the most. This is more proof that lots of planning goes into these ensembles.

This marks Kate’s third Buckingham Palace balcony appearance in a little over a year and for each of them she has worn a white, cream, or lacy Alexander McQueen. Love that new tradition!

Appearance #1 of course:

Appearance #2:

and Appearance #3:

Well done, Kate!

The flypast

The “wow moment” happened! One of our Royal posters was able to get these shots of the planes from their vantage point in London, which just so happens to be a nine second flight from Buckingham Palace…

In formation!

So cool. This is how they looked flying over Buckingham Palace

The Royals check it out below. At one point, we could see Kate asking Harry if they should be waving. He seemed to say, “I think it’s just the Queen now.”

Well, what a fun few days!! Any favourite jubilee moments to share?


Highlights of the Jubilee Concert

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.

Ready?

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…

 Wave Those Flags!

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!


Highlights of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant

Unfortunately it rained on their parade today so it was a bit of a “cold noses, warm hearts” situation on the River Thames. However, years of planning went into every detail and it was still a spectacular and celebratory day. Here are the highlights as I saw them.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at a Street Party

Before the Thames festivities kicked off, Charles and Camilla showed up to a ritzy street party outside of Fortnum & Mason. Camilla looked great in what looked like a Burberry trench.

They chatted with the revellers…

…and really tucked in with their Union Jack plates and napkins.

Side Note: This reminds me, if you haven’t seen the footage of Charles watching some old never before seen family videos, it really is a must. He released the footage on friday in a tribute to his “mama”, and this video shows him watching and commenting on it himself. It’s quite cute hearing him chuckle away as he watches…

And it’s fun to see the family resemblance that comes out. I mean, as one example here’s a screen shot of Charles as a baby in a video taken by the Duke of Edinburgh:

Which really reminded me of this photo of baby William with Diana during a photo call in New Zealand:

Check the video out for yourself here:

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Street Parties Galore

It is thought that up to one million onlookers showed up despite the weather. Not too shabby:

 The Queen in White

It’s her party. Her Majesty the Queen arrived with Prince Philip in a white Angela Kelly coat and hat which have been made over the last year. The colour was a great choice since it really helped her to stand out on the dreary day.

A photograph of her ensemble was released:

Lady in Red

Love Kate’s red  outfit. According to the Clarence House twitter feed, she chose “a dress by Alexander McQueen with a Sylvia Fletcher hat by James Lock.”

Royal Reporter Richard Palmer’s twitter feed revealed that “Kate’s wearing a maritime-themed brooch featuring two silver dolphins. It’s a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service.”

Kate also carried a scarf with her to help ward off the chill on the river. Richard Palmer reported that it was in the Strathearn tartan, which is very fitting since Kate and William hold the titles Earl and Countess of Strathearn. Love that touch! If you’d like to see our post on Wee Royals in Tartan, click here.

The Dashing Brothers

The Royal brothers looked very smart in their uniforms. Prince William was in Flight Lieutenant No. 1 dress uniform and Harry wore the No. 1 ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals.

Prince Charles & Camilla Arrive

They sure got fancied up after the street party.

According to the Clarence House twitter feed, Camilla was decked out in an “Anna Valentine coat and dress with a Philip Treacy hat.”

One Doesn’t Sit

The Queen, joined by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the entire journey down the river. Bit of a shame those thrones didn’t get used, but the Queen really would have been drenched up there.

They were huddled under the canopy when the rain really started to come down:

There were still some smiles, though

The Yorks and the Countess of Wessex

Meanwhile, the other Royals followed behind in the Royal Flotilla. Beatrice and Eugenie were very enthusiastic and no crazy hats were to be seen. That’s Prince Andrew with them and it looks like the Countess of Wessex is beside Eugenie:

There’s another shot of Countess of Wessex with London Mayor Boris Johnson:

Side Note: Our favourite part of the Epsom Derby yesterday was Princess Eugenie’s Union Jack manicure:

And are those some Links of London bracelets we spy?

Plus, all the royals looked like they were having a lot of fun.

Here’s the Queen with Princess Michael of Kent on our far left and Prince Edward to the Queen’s left:

And the Countess of Wessex looked great in her hat. Prince Andrew showed up as well with his usual sort of expression:

Sadly, William, Harry, and Kate couldn’t make it. Back to the Pageant…

Pippa & The Middletons

All of the Middletons were there on the Elizabethan, a paddle steamer and seemed to be having a jolly good time.

That’s dad Michael behind Carol, who appears to be wearing a sapphire version of Kate’s Kiki McDonough earrings.

Singing in the rain

Due to the weather, the “wow” moment (a diamond-shaped fly past) was cancelled. That was a real shame since so much effort and practice had gone into it, but the London Philharmonic Orchestra played on and sang Land of Hope and Glory.

The BBC live feed showed Camilla hopping along a bit to it (Kate was standing beside her and did not join in on the hopping) and the Queen gave a nice smile.

And then, God Save the Queen was sung (everyone on the Royal Barge seemed to be at least mouthing the words, except for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh) and spectacular fireworks were set off of London Bridge

The Queen, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duchess of Cambridge all left the royal barge carrying umbrellas that matched their outfits (natch)

and then it was over.However,  tomorrow we have the concert at Buckingham Palace to look forward to! See you then.


Royal Flower Girls, Bridesmaids, & Page Boys Part Three


In the last of our three part series, we’re jumping around all over the place. Click here for Part One and here for Part Two if you missed ’em. Today we’re jumping in with the York ladies.

Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie 

Princess Beatrice was a flowergirl back in 1991 in this photo which we found posted in a discussion on the Royal Forum’s website. Apparently she couldn’t be convinced to leave her doll behind and took care of it throughout the ceremony.

Princess Eugenie joined Princess Beatrice for this next wedding, which I believe was for their nanny. Love this flower hula hoop tradition. That’s a very technical term, I know.

Lots of Little European Royals

Crown Princess Victoria included three of her royal godchildren (who also happen to be a future King and future Queens) in her June 2010 wedding to Daniel Westling. This made for plenty of great photo opportunities, but this candid shot takes the cake for me:

The little boy to the left is Prince Christian of Denmark. Next to him is Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway and at the end is Princess Catherina Amalia of the Netherlands.

Lady Louise Windsor

Little Lady Louise, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, did a great job at William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011. Love this pic of her with her cousin Prince Harry.

She broke her arm at Windsor this week when she fell of her pony. Hope she’s on the mend and doing well!

Zara Philips

Zara joined Prince William in the wedding party for Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew. There she is on Buckingham Palace right in front of the new Duchess of York looking a bit non-plussed by it all. Great face on William, too. Oh, yeah:

Zara also took part in bridesmaid duty for Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. She’s the blondie in the middle. Princess Margaret’s looks like a most dignified and classy Mother of the Bride in behind in her icy blue ensemble:

Love this picture, too even though Zara is obscured behind Lady Sarah:

Zara was a bridesmaid again many years later at her brother Peter’s May 2008 wedding to Autumn Philips. The bridesmaids wore strapless green Vera Wang gowns which featured her tan line, unfortunately. Oh, Zara:

Zara was right in there with her duties, though:

Hello, Harry!

Princess Madeleine of Sweden

To round out this post, Princess Madeleine of Sweden is our most recent royal bridesmaid. She did the honours for her close friend Natalie Rosta in August of 2011. Natalie and introduced Madeleine to her now ex-fiance, Jonas Bergstrom. As you may recall, there was a bit of a to do when they called off their engagement. Anyhow, Madeleine attended this wedding with her current boyfriend, Chris O’Neill. Jonas was there with his new girlfriend as well, so the event got some coverage in the press in case there was any drama (there wasn’t).

Smiling in the rain:

Madeleine on train duty. Looks like she’s got a pair of gold, strappy Manolo’s on:

Any favourites of all of these?? My vote goes to William at the York’s wedding…

Royal Flower Girls, Bridesmaids, & Page Boys Part One

We’ve rounded up some royal page boys, flower girls, and bridesmaids over the years for this three-part series. After all, who doesn’t love a royal wedding? There are oodles of royal attendants and we’ve tracked down a few rarely seen photos to add into the mix.

Princess Elizabeth of York

We’ll start with the Queen. The then Princess Elizabeth was a flower girl and bridesmaid many times over the years. We haven’t been able to locate pictures for each occasion, have been able to collect a nice overview.

To begin, Elizabeth took part in the wedding of her cousin once removed, Princess May of Teck, to Henry Abel Smith back in 1931. Princess May was the daughter of Prince Alexander of Teck and  Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge.

How cute is this posed photograph:

Three years later in 1934, the future Queen also took part in the November wedding of her uncle the Duke of Kent to Princess Marina of Greece. She is  seated at the bottom left of the photograph below.

Looks like she’s got a floral head-piece on and check out those sleeves! Hmmm…do you think her dress is tucked away somewhere? I hope so. She looks like a sugarplum fairy.

The following year, she repeated her duties for the 1935 wedding of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester to Lady Alice Scott. That’s Princess Elizabeth seated on the left below.

Side Note: The bride’s dress, as well as those of her attendants, was designed by royal couturier Norman Hartnell. He later designed both Princess Elizabeth’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding gowns. We have some posts on him coming soon.

Here’s a close up of the bride and groom on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Princess Elizabeth in the background:

Now we’re skipping ahead eleven(!) years. The photo below is from when Princess Elizabeth (far left) was a bridesmaid for the Hon. Patricia Mountbatten and Lord Brabourn in 1946. The wedding was held in Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. That’s Princess Margaret on the far right and Princess Alexandra of Kent is in the centre:

Princess Margaret of York

Now that we got that peak of Princess Margaret, let’s jump to her role as bridesmaid when her sister married Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.

Such a gorgeous dress:

Doesn’t the little fellow out front look like a young Prince Charles? That little guy is either Prince William of Gloucester or Prince Michael of Kent. Does anyone know which?

Grace Kelly

We’ll take a moment now to skip over to the future Princess of Monaco. That little girl in the front of the photo below (which I apologize is very small) is a young Grace Kelly. She was the flower girl for a family friend and wore a little bonnet with her dress. Cute!

Princess Anne

All right, time for the next generation of British royals.  Just like her mum, Princess Anne was asked to be a bridesmaid numerous times.

She was an attendant for Lady Pamela Mountbatten’s wedding to David Hicks in January 1960. The wedding took place in Romsey Abbey just like her mum’s wedding did (which we reviewed above). Lady Pamela is Prince Philip’s first cousin. Apparently it snowed quite a bit that day and until Princess Margaret’s wedding came to be, this wedding was dubbed ‘The Wedding of The Year.’

Here’s a candid of that event. Looks like they are getting themselves sorted for a group photograph:

Here’s a close up of the group shot that was taken that day. Prince Charles was seated next to Princess Anne:

We can get a better look at her tiered dress here:

 Princess Anne also did the honours for Princess Margaret’s 1960 wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Love this candid shot of her en route. Anne was nine years old here:

Princess Anne is standing next to her aunt in this group photo:

For enquiring minds, the other attendants were Marilyn Wills, 12, daughter of Maj. and Hon. Mrs. John Wills; Annabel Rhodes, 8, daughter of Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. Denys Rhodes; Lady Virginia Fitzroy, 6; daughter of the Earl and Countess of Euston; Sarah Lowether, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lowther; Catherine Vesey, 6, daughter of Viscount and Viscountess de Vesci; and Lady Rose Nevill, 9, daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Abergavenny.

And, to end, Princess Anne was also a bridesmaid for Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1963. Love this candid shot:

We’ll have many more royal bridesmaids and page boys in our next post. In the meantime, do tell us if you have any favourites so far…

The Royals Celebrating Easter Part Two

Yesterday we re-capped Princess Beatrice’s trip to York with her grandparents and what that all means. We also took at peak at picture of the Royals at Easter services in Windsor from 1987-1999 (click here if you missed it). Today, we’re jumping into the last eleven years. Here we go!

2000:

There was a great turn out for the first Easter of the new millenium. The Queen and Philip were there of course:

And so was the Queen Mum:

Sophie and Edward were well turned out:

Zara’s looking pretty chic here with her brother Peter:

2001:

The next year had another good turn out. Love the springy green the Queen chose:

The crew on their way from the Castle (the Queen is driven over):

A closer look:

And to round out the year, here’s a closer look at Zara’s:

2003

There was more sunshine in 2003:

The Queen looked splendid:

Here’s a closer look at Eug and Bea. Beatrice was already into her bold fascinators at this point:

2004

This Easter photograh of the Queen looks like it would be great on a postage stamp, doesn’t it?:

I think this year was an all time best outfit-wise for Anne:

The Countess of Wessex in a fascinator/ headband combo:

And Beatrice brought out some flowers:

2005

Princess Anne wrapped up:

2006

Spring has sprung! The green seemed to be in a jolly mood…

And Sophie brought out this huge rose. The person sitting behind her must not have gotten much of a view:

2007

In 2007, the Queen led the family with lots of roses:

Princess Anne went bright with this yellow number:

And Sophie was looking great in white. Loving this fresh suit:

2008:

Autumn and Peter Philips were just a couple of months away from getting married at Windsor when they showed up for the Easter service:

There was a good turn out in 2009 as well:

Anne work chose this fruity basket number that year:

And Sophie brought out a BIG hat. Seriously, she must have a room dedicated to all of them over at their home, Bagshot Park.

2010

This purple outfit screams Easter and spring time:

Princess Beatrice showed up in a hat she brought out again last week for the memorial service for Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother. Here she is at Easter:

And here she is last week:

Princess Anne brought out a total Princess Anne outfit:

Tp end, this photo was taken on Easter Sunday 2011, just days before THE wedding.

A best for Eugenie in my opinion:

Heading in:

Love this colour on the Queen:

Happy Easter to you all!