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:
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.