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.


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!

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

Our fifth aquamarine tiara post for March, here’s the Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara!

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, debuted her Aquamarine Tiara during the Coronation festivities of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in 2005. Prior to 2005 Sophie only had one tiara which she wore, her wedding tiara (Wessex wedding tiara), so the debut of Sophie’s new tiara was quite exciting for those of us interested in Sophie’s tiara occasions (and we imagine for Sophie as well!). There was one brief appearance of a tiara of unknown origin at Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark’s wedding to Mary Donaldson, but it hasn’t been seen since.

The fact that her new tiara is such a beautiful aquamarine and diamond tiara, and can also be converted and worn as a necklace, makes it’s even more appealing. It looks as if the aquamarine is significantly lighter in colour in the photographs of it being worn as a necklace – it may be a trick of light, or be on account of the tiara setting.

Very little is known about this tiara, aside from it being made of aquamarines and diamonds. There has been speculation that Prince Edward designed it himself, and also that it comes from pieces already within the Royal Family. Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. We hope more information on this gorgeous tiara of Sophie’s will come to light soon.

Here’s Sophie debuting her aquamarine tiara at the Coronation Gala of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Sophie seems to be wearing a matching pair of aquamarine earrings and necklace.


Sophie wearing the aquamarine tiara in necklace form

Let’s hope Sophie wears her aquamarine and diamond tiara again soon – it’s a favourite!

Next up and our last post on aquamarine tiaras for March, something a bit unexpected from the Princely House of Ligne in Belgium.

Links to our previous aquamarine tiara posts: Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure, and The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

The Art of the Royal Signature

Ok, this might seem silly but what the heck! Royal signatures are fun to analyze, whether they are on important documents (such as the one that The Queen signed with Prime Minister Trudeau in 1982 which formally repatriated the Canadian Constitution, pictured above) or if they are simply on Christmas cards.  Confession: after seeing that Princess Diana signed her correspondence with simply “Diana”, we went about doing the same thing in our (much) younger years. That was all fine and good until a bank teller when we were around 12 or 13 pointed out that a last name was actually required on certain documents. Ha! Oh, well it was fun while it lasted. Last names aren’t something the British Royal Family really deals with all that much. The official website of the British Monarchy explains:

People often ask whether members of the Royal Family have a surname, and, if so, what it is.

Members of the Royal Family can be known both by the name of the Royal house, and by a surname, which are not always the same. And often they do not use a surname at all.

Before 1917, members of the British Royal Family had no surname, but only the name of the house or dynasty to which they belonged.

Kings and princes were historically known by the names of the countries over which they and their families ruled. Kings and queens therefore signed themselves by their first names only, a tradition in the United Kingdom which has continued to the present day…

For the most part, members of the Royal Family who are entitled to the style and dignity of HRH Prince or Princess do not need a surname, but if at any time any of them do need a surname (such as upon marriage), that surname is Mountbatten-Windsor.

The surname Mountbatten-Windsor first appeared on an official document on 14 November 1973, in the marriage register at Westminster Abbey for the marriage of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips….

Unless The Prince of Wales chooses to alter the present decisions when he becomes king, he will continue to be of the House of Windsor and his grandchildren will use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

From what we understand, Beatrice and Eugenie use the last name “York” when needed, and Princes William and Harry go by the last name “Wales” for their military careers. However, they don’t sign with their last names.

Let’s go back to Diana to discuss this some more. Before her wedding to Prince Charles, Lady Diana Spencer signed her name “Diana Spencer.” This letter dated May 20, 1980 (a little over two months before the wedding) is a great example, we’re just sorry we can’t make it  bigger:

For enquiring minds, the letter reads: “I would like very much to thank you for your extremely kind letter and for the lovely drawing you have coloured so beautifully. Your though was very much appreciated.”  It must have been from a young child who’d sent a congratulatory letter.

Interestingly, Diana also signed the marriage register ‘Diana Spencer’ during her and Charles’ wedding. That seems to have been the last time she signed that way. After that, she shortened her signature to her first name:

It became so recognizable, it was appropriated for the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

And also for Tina Brown’s Book The Diana Chronicles:

Sarah, Duchess of York did the same thing:

Sophie, Countess of Wessex signs her name like this:

Same with Camilla:

And now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is following this tradition as well. Before the wedding, she signed her name Catherine Middleton.

This signature is from the guest book at lodge where William and Kate were staying when they got engaged. For more info on that click here.

Here’s another example. This comes from a book of condolensce that Kate and William signed for the New Zealand earthquake last February. Note that William just signs with his first name and since the wedding is still a couple of months away, Kate is still signing her full name:

There were lots of guests books to sign during William and Kate’s trip to Canada, at which point she would have just been signing “Catherine.”

This was in Ottawa on the first day:

 

And on Canada Day, also in Ottawa:

In Charlottetown:

In the Northwest Territories:

And this was in Calgary on the last day of the Canadian leg of the tour:

This signature comes from her Valentine’s Day visit to Liverpool last month. We’re definitely down to just Catherine now! Wonder how it came up in conversation that she should sign that way once she became HRH…or if she had already picked up on this particular tradition from William.

And, to end, The Queen, Prince Philip, and Kate also signed their names this way on a certificate which marked their Jubilee trip to Leicester:

They also signed the guestbook at the University that day:

So, any thoughts to this whole no last name thing? And does anyone know if the marriage register from William and Kate’s wedding was ever published? Until next time…

Some of Sophie’s Best Hats

Over the years, Sophie has pulled out some crazy hats; we’ve already looked at many of the ones she has worn on Christmas Day (click here and here to refresh your memory). Today, we’re going to step back and take a good look at a few of our favourites. As you’ll see, the bulk of them come from the last year. Sophie has really been picking up her game lately!

November 2007

First of all, Sophie has never been afraid of a large brimmed hat. This photo was taken on November 19, 2007 after the Westminster Abbey service in honour of the Queen and Prince Philip’s diamond wedding anniversary. How cute that Sophie wore a red hat that features a heart flourish for the occasion. Sophie is also wearing the pearl necklace that Prince Edward gave her for their June 1999 wedding; another symbolic gesture, perhaps?

Side note: We love Princess Beatrice’s classy little topper.

October 2009

Sophie wore this black hat to a memorial service in October of 2009. It’s nice to see her in a classic style.

April 2011

Sophie chose th fascinator by milliner Jane Taylor for Easter service on April 25, 2011 (just days before the Royal wedding!). Looks like a pinwheel dandelion and yet… it works.

Sophie brought out a serious floral headband for William and Kate’s wedding service. She looked great.

June 2011

Sophie chose this hat festooned with peacock feathers for Royal Ascot in 2011 and  still managed to look chic and classy.


So tell us, did we miss any of your favourites?

The British Royals & Madame Tussaud’s

The Royal A-Team are currently featured in Madame Tussaud’s Wax museum in London. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, and Prince Harry are all on display. For the most part, we think the wax look a likes aren’t too shabby.

Here is the Queen and Prince Philip:

There is also a waxwork statue of Princess Diana, which can partially be seen in the foreground of this shot:

We are intrigued to see if a wax model of Kate will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds in the next year or so. In December of 2011,  there was some coverage on this idea and the museum went so far as to announce that they would be requesting sittings with Kate after the wedding. It generally takes about four months to complete a waxwork statue and they predicted it would take as long for Kate’s.

As for what the Kate waxwork will be wearing, that is up for discussion! It could be replica of her wedding dress, or an outfit that Kate donates herself. According to Metro in the UK, a spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds said: ‘It depends on what she wants and whether she can donate clothing. I imagine the sculptors will probably go to her and the sitting normally takes a couple of hours.’

To see how Kate’s model would be handled, we could look to past Royal brides. After her wedding to Prince Edward, a waxwork of Sophie, Countess of Wessex was unveiled in a replica of her wedding dress.  This could be the route that they take with Kate, though it would be very expensive to create a passable replica of the dress. So far none of the replicas out there quite do it justice.

Psst…that doesn’t really look like Edward at all, does it? Not bad of Sophie!

The waxwork Sophie has also worn evening attire:

Does anyone want to wager a guess as to when Kate’s model will be unveiled? Her first portrait will also be an exciting thing. No doubt the National Portrait Gallery will want a portrait of their newest patron!


Chance Royal Meetings: Sophie Rhys-Jones & Prince Edward

We received quite a few emails and comments when we featured Sophie, Countess of Wessex in our series on the Royal’s Christmas Day Walk to Sandringham (click here and here for a refresher). This post is for those of you who requested more information about Sophie!

We love talking about Chance Royal Meetings, and Sohie and Edward have a good one. They first met in September of 1993 at a charity event held at The Queen’s Tennis Club in aid of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Sophie was working in PR and was there assisting her boss. During the event, she was asked to step in for a photo with Prince Edward to help promote the event. English presenter Sue Barker was supposed to have been there and would have been in the picture instead but she couldn’t make it at the last minute.

This is the photo!

Two months later, Prince Edward asked Sophie out on a date after getting her contact information from her office. Reportedly, their first date was a game of Real Tennis (the original racquet game which has evolved into modern tennis). Here’s a picture of Edward in his tennis whites ready for a game.

Check out our post on Sophie’s engagement ring for more information on how their relationship progressed.

Fun Fact: When Sophie and Edward got engaged, it got out that Sophie’s mother had had her own chance royal meeting; she had once danced with Prince Philip at a society ball. Wish we had a picture of that! If you like, our other posts on Chance Royal Meetings by clicking here.

To end, here are two very recent photographs of Sophie and Edward taken on New Year’s Day, 2012 at Sandringham. Prince Philip was there as well; this was his first public appearance since returning home from hospital.

A Recap of the 2011 Christmas Day Walk to Church at Sandringham

Hello, Royal Post Readers. We hope you all had a very, very merry Christmas! It sure went by in a flash for us. Over the past month we’ve had a lot of fun reviewing the British Royal Family’s walk to church over the years, so we just had to take a good look at what they wore this year. Overall, it was a good show, don’t you think? Let’s start with the lady with the “Top Job” as Diana called it.

Her Majesty the Queen

Queen Elizabeth must have been concerned about Prince Philip’s condition after his heart operation on Christmas Eve, but still seemed to be keeping her spirits up and quite frankly looked the best we’ve seen her on Christmas Day. We love the muted lavender, the pearls, the collar, the details on the hat, all of it. So elegant and classy. The hat is by Angela Kelly and the coat is by Karl Ludwig.

Her Royal Highness, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Not surprisingly, it seems that Kate was the one that everyone really turned out to see;  this year there were thousands of well wishers whereas last year just hundreds showed up. Fortunately for us, there were also TWO Kate sightings today. The first was around 9:30  (pictured above) when Kate was joined by Beatrice, Eugenie, and others on a walk to what seems to have been an early morning church service. The second sighting was for the 11:30 service. We hadn’t realized there were two Christmas day services; is that right?? Seems like a lot for one morning…please fill us in if you know more.

For the second outing, the ladies changed jackets and got out their hats.

Kate wore a Jane Corbett hat (the same milliner that she supported for the Remembrance Day service) and a colour coordinate jacket by an unidentified British designer. The tailoring of the jacket is beautiful and the colour is spot on for Kate. A spokesperson confirmed the hat designer, so it’s curious why the jacket designer was not. We hope for the sake of the designer that their name becomes public knowledge eventually. We’re sure they’d appreciate it!

Here’s a closer look at Kate’s earrings. We haven’t seen them before; perhaps they were a Christmas gift from her family or William. She certainly seems to like drop earrings with little hoops. UPDATED: We suspected that they are a pair from Kiki McDonough and it seems that hunch was correct. Kudos to our friends over on the My Small Obsession Facebook page for figuring it out!

Here’s a look of Kate’s whole ensemble. Looks like she probably had a black dress on underneath:

Ok, before we move onto Zara we have a purely frivolous question to put out there: how did Kate manage to achieve this hair while at Sandringham? There’s NO WAY that hairdresser James Pryce joined her on this trip, so we’re thinking that one of two things happened here:

A) Kate had James do her hair yesterday while in London. That is assuming she only arrived on the 24th and not on the 23rd like some of the other royals. She then would have just had to keep the bounce overnight and the half up style helps to make it look more ‘fresh.’

B) she has learned how to do those curls herself and woke up bright and early to get to work at it.

We’re thinking option A is most likely. What do you think?

Zara Philips

We’ve seen lots of great hats from Zara in recent years (click here and here for a refresher) and love that she turned out in another fashion forward creation this year. We expect nothing less!

She was also clearly making a statement to the public by walking arm in arm with new husband Mike Tindall (see the picture above and to the left). Royal watchers know that he was kicked off the England rugby team after the shennanigans he got up to in New Zealand during the World Cup. Duly noted, Zara.

Her Royal Highness, Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Sophie looked cute this year with her blue ensemble, pillbox hat, and what looks like a pair of sapphire earrings. And nicely done with the upturned collar, Sophie! If you missed our review of Sophie at Sandringham over the years, click here and here to take a peak. This year is definitely one of the stronger outfits.

Updated: Lady Louise Wessex

How cute is she in her little hat, coat, and white tights?

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York


Princess Beatrice played it safe and turned out in a classic black ensemble this year. Love the hat. Apparently she and Eugenie were both at Holly Branson’s wedding on Necker Island in the last week. Looks like she kept out of the sun during that trip!

Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York

Princess Eugenie wore a gray jacket with a burgundy hat (not all that different from Kate) and matching pumps, clutch, and leather gloves. She has worn this shade before; check out our retrospective here. Overall, she looks pretty darn good. Nothing too crazy or out of whack here.

Autumn Philips

Here’s a peak at Autumn Philips, who wore a fur hat and a maternity coat (Baby Number Two is on the way). This is the most dressed up she’s been for the walk to church in her three Sandringham Christmases. Looks like she’s finally getting up to speed in that department.

After the church service, Prince Philip’s grandchildren went to visit him in hospital. This is a photo of William and Zara en route:

Here’s to Prince Philip’s continued recovery and happy Boxing Day to all! See you tomorrow.