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Jewel of the Day: Cullinan III and IV Brooch – “Granny’s Chips”

  June 6, 2012 at 9:25 am by

Ever since the Diamond Jubilee celebrations started, avid jewellery fanatics (like me) have been waiting for the appearance of any of the Cullinan diamonds. And yesterday, Her Majesty answered those silent requests and finally wore one of the most gorgeous brooches to have ever existed – Cullinan III and IV brooch, also known as “Granny’s Chips”. The Cullinan III and Cullinan IV were two of nine stones cut from the … Continue reading

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Service of Thanksgiving: Royal Fashion

  June 6, 2012 at 9:22 am by

Throughout the Diamond Jubilee celebrations royals made sure their attires were impeccable and occasion-appropriate. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving Service was no exception; royal ladies donned their very best in spectacular variety of colour and style. Her Majesty set an example with another beautiful creation by her trusted dresser of many years, Angela Kelly. The Queen wore a beautiful mint dress studded with Swarovski crystals. The outfit was made of silk tulle, embroidered … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee: Thanksgiving Service and Carriage Procession

  June 6, 2012 at 9:18 am by

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations came to magnificent conclusion yesterday with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, followed by a carriage procession through central London and a flypast. It was a fitting closure for a four-day celebration across Britain and other Commonwealth Realms that including a spectacular 1,000 boat Pageant on the River Thames, and a Jubilee Concert featuring music industry’s greatest names. As in previous days, cheering … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee Concert

  June 5, 2012 at 5:55 am by

Over half a million people joined the British Royal Family and music royalty for an absolutely unforgettable performance. The Queen arrived about halfway through the performance; as she made her way to her seat, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the crowds broke into a standing ovation and laud cheers. Her Majesty was wearing a cocktail dress of gold lame designed by Angela Kelly under … Continue reading

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Prince Philip Hospitalised With Infection

  June 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm by

The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalised on Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said. The statement about Prince Philip’s health said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, from Windsor Castle, as a precautionary measure after developing a bladder infection, which is being assessed and treated. Prince Philip … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: The Jardine Star Brooch

  June 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm by

The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant was without a doubt the single most exciting and eagerly awaited event during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. In the best traditions of pomp and pageantry, the British put on a magnificent display that is certain to be remembered for decades to come. For such an important event, Her Majesty had to wear a piece of jewellery that didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, tiaras and statement necklaces … Continue reading

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The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant: Fashion

  June 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm by

With all eyes on the Queen, the outfit she would chose to wear for the Pageant was certain to attract a lot of attention – and Her Majesty made sure she didn’t disappoint onlookers. Her entire ensemble was carefully thought through and meticulously designed. Queen Elizabeth wore an ivory dress and coat in white Boucle fabric and threaded throughout with silk ribbon, designed by Angela Kelly. The Boucle had been … Continue reading

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The Diamond Jubilee: Pageant on the River Thames

  June 4, 2012 at 12:22 pm by

The Diamond Jubilee Pageant certainly proved to be a quintessentially British occasion, with weather to match. Rare drops of rain soon turned to a downpour, but they failed to dampen the spirit of 1.2 million-strong crowd that had gathered to cheer on their Diamond Monarch – and the Queen didn’t disappoint either. Undeterred by the weather, Her Majesty once again displayed her resilience and dedication to duty; in freezing weather, … Continue reading

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Duchess vs Celebrities: Who Wore It Better?

  June 4, 2012 at 12:25 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge is known for stepping out it pieces that are a few collections old, whether its for official or private events. When Catherine boarded the Royal Barge in the Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant, it was in an ensemble from Alexander McQueen’s 2011 collection. The Duchess of Cambridge’s red dress was fitted with pleats in the skirt. The same McQueen dress has been worn previously by two famous … Continue reading

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Jewel of the Day: Queen Mary’s Russian Brooch

  June 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm by

The days of prolific jewellery-wearers such as Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra are unfortunately gone. Nevertheless, the British Royals still wear impressive pieces from time to time. These blog entries will focus on pieces of jewellery as and when they are worn by British Royal ladies. Today’s piece was worn by Queen Elizabeth as she attended the Epsom Derby, signalling the beginning of the four day Diamond Jubilee festivities. The … Continue reading

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The Queen Attends Epsom Derby as Jubilee Celebrations Begin

  June 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm by

Queen Elizabeth’s arrival at Epsom Derby today marked the beginning of four day Diamond Jubilee festivities that promise unforgettable and once in a lifetime experience. The day began with the gun salutes fired across the country, marking the exact anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation. The salutes included a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade in London, and a 21 gun salute at Windsor … Continue reading

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First Garden Party for the Duchess of Cambridge

  May 30, 2012 at 5:55 am by

Most senior members of the Royal Family attended annual summer Garden Party at Buckingham Palace yesterday. It was the second garden party of the year, and the first one for the Duchess of Cambridge who joined other senior royals to enjoy the wonderful weather and beautiful grounds of the palace. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess … Continue reading

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The Duke of Cambridge Made a Knight of the Order of the Thistle

  May 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm by

The Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that the Duke of Cambridge has been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. Her Majesty’s decision to appoint her grandson to the Order is somewhat unexpected because only three other members of the Royal Family – excluding the Sovereign – are members: Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. It was usually assumed the Queen would … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria’s Private Journals Go Online

  May 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm by

Queen Elizabeth officially launched the Queen Victoria Journals Online Project on May 24. Previously, Queen Victoria’s journals were only accessible by appointment at the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle; now, however, everyone can enjoy the historical documents. To make it possible, Queen Victoria’s handwritten pages were scanned, and all the entries – from political encounters to personal affairs – deciphered. The monumental project has taken staff of the Oxford’s Bodleian … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla’s Official Visit to Canada: May 20-23

  May 25, 2012 at 10:28 am by

As part of the Diamond Jubilee Tours undertaken by members of the Royal Family to each of the Commonwealth Realms, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to Canada. Despite the relative low-key nature of the visit, the royal couple received a very warm welcome; wherever they went, thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to greet them. When the royal couple arrived to Canadian Forces Base, Prince … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth attends Chelsea Flower Show for 48th time

  May 22, 2012 at 7:19 am by

The Queen attended Chelsea Flower show on Monday for 48th time in its history. Her Majesty’s presence is something of a tradition – one that has been spanning more than 60 years now. Upon arrival, Queen Elizabeth was greeted by a round of applause from the hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered to catch a glimpse of her. She enjoyed a walk around, talking to people and having a look … Continue reading

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Jubilee Lunch and Dinner for Sovereigns

  May 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm by

Royals from around the world gathered in London today to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The lunch hosted by the Queen in Windsor Castle was the largest gathering of Monarchs for many years. In all, 22 Sovereigns were present, including one Emperor, three Queens Regnant, nine Kings Regnant, three reigning Princes, one reigning Grand Duke, one Sultan, one Sheikh, and several former Monarchs. The Queen and Prince Philip personally greeted … Continue reading

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Princess Anne takes the Torch in Athens at Olympic Handover

  May 18, 2012 at 11:54 am by

The Princess Royal, President of the British Olympic Association, took the Olympic torch from Spyros Capralos, in the Panathenaic Stadium yesterday. Other members of the British delegation included David Beckham, Boris Johnson, Lord Coe, and Hugh Robertson – all beaming with pride as they took part in the historic ceremony. Despite the rain, the ceremony that took place at the Stadium was quite magnificent. Princess Anne, along with Greek President … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles visit Burnley

  May 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm by

As part of her Diamond Jubilee tour the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, visited Burnley and Accrington on May 16. Thousands of people lined the streets to greet their Monarch, many of them waiting till early morning to get the best view of the royals. The visit was quite informal and light-hearted, with people delighted not only to have the chance of congratulating … Continue reading

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Sarah and Beatrice attend Marie Curie Fundraiser Event

  May 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm by

Princess Beatrice of York and Sarah, Duchess of York attended a Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraiser event on May 15. The event, hosted by Heather Kerzner at Claridge’s Hotel, highlighted the work of Marie Curie nurses and the foundation’s other activities. Marie Curie nurses provide free end of life care to patients with terminal illness in their own homes or in one of their nine hospices. At the end of … Continue reading

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