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Old 05-27-2016, 05:04 PM
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That is so sad. It seems like a waste to just let them sit there instead of using them. Why did they come under scrutiny?

I don't know whether this is the answer but it's possible it was felt that in times of austerity when many people are finding it tough, it's not a good look for the Royal Family to be bedecked in thousands of precious jewels. Other than on very few occasions (state banquets, State opening of Parliament), the jewellery worn may be worth more than a house but it's discrete.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:59 PM
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But ironically they spend a ton of money on smaller new pieces, and on clothes. It seems more austere to wear family pieces, then to keep buying new ones. Its not about giving away everything you have, its about being conscious about the money you are spending now. Spending 10,000 on a necklace in the store to look less flashy kind of defeats the purpose of austerity in times when people don't have jobs.


I like that both Camilla and the queen find a balance, wearing many older pieces, but not drowning themselves in jewels either.
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I don't know whether this is the answer but it's possible it was felt that in times of austerity when many people are finding it tough, it's not a good look for the Royal Family to be bedecked in thousands of precious jewels. Other than on very few occasions (state banquets, State opening of Parliament), the jewellery worn may be worth more than a house but it's discrete.
Even before austerity - they don't didn't do any more public tiara events than they do now - two incoming State Visits, sometimes two outgoing State Visits, CHOGM (every two years) and the State Opening of Parliament per year.

It is simply the BRF's way - they don't do these events all the time.
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Chester to stage Queen's 90th birthday celebration in city centre - Chester Chronicle
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To mark Her Majesty The Queen‘s 90th birthday, Cheshire West and Chester Council, along with Theatre in the Quarter, community groups from across the borough and CH1ChesterBID, are planning a party on Sunday, June 12 from noon to 3.30pm.

The event will begin with an elaborate ceremony to open ornate gates placed for the occasion at Eastgate Clock.

Performed by Chester’s own Roman soldiers at noon, the ceremony will be filled with drums and chanting and will provide a unique and historic moment to commemorate our sovereign’s special day.

Following this unique ceremony, party goers will be invited to process with the Lord of Mayor of Chester to Town Hall Square.

Council leader Samantha Dixon said: “I am pleased we are going to celebrate the Queen’s birthday in a unique way.

“It will bring the city alive and showcase our great community spirit.”
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:29 PM
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I think the tiara, jewels and gown wearing has lessened bit by bit since the 1960's when Royal females including the Queen, Queen mother and Princess Margaret used to appear in full fig at several evening events.

Even in Diana's day she would wear a tiara to galas at the ballet, for instance. I don't think it was all austerity measures in the 1990's. The War of the Wales thing and the breakup plus Diana's death led to some changes in how the BRF was viewed by the public, and therefore different behaviour by royal family members in an attempt to show they weren't out of touch.

For instance, had Edward and Sophie's wedding occurred ten years earlier than it did I'm convinced that it would have been the Abbey as the venue not St George's.

However, the next reign may include some return to gala events again, which I'm looking forward to. (Love the way the Scandi royals hold weddings.)
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Extension to Licensing hours in recognition of the Queens 90th Birthday
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In recognition of the UK wide celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Aberdeen City Licensing Board has agreed a general extension of licensed hours on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June 2016.

The extension means that all onsales licensed premises, with the exception of casinos and premises which currently exceed 14 hours trading in any 24 hour period, will automatically be permitted an extra hour trading beyond the current terminal hour on the 10th and 11th June 2016. Premises license holders will not therefore be required to make a formal application for extended hours on those dates.

Councillor Marie Boulton, the Convener of the Licensing Board said “The Aberdeen City Licensing Board recognised the national significance of the Queen’s birthday this year and wished to give the citizens of Aberdeen the opportunity to join in the celebrations.”
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COMMUNITIES in Worcester will be coming together to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

A host of street parties are being planned across the city to celebrate the big day, which takes place on Saturday, June 11.

One of the biggest events will be a community picnic outside DG Den, in Gresham Road, Dines Green, between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, June 11.

DG Den, run by Worcester Community Trust, is a community facility which aims to provide a diverse range of services for the residents of Dines Green.
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Even before austerity - they don't didn't do any more public tiara events than they do now - two incoming State Visits, sometimes two outgoing State Visits, CHOGM (every two years) and the State Opening of Parliament per year.

It is simply the BRF's way - they don't do these events all the time.
The British Royal ladies also used to wear their tiaras and RFO's to the Royal Variety Performance and to official dinners on foreign Royal tours.

Now, I their jewels only come out State Visits, Opening of Parliament, CHOGM, Diplomatic Corps Reception and the Annual Royal Academy of Arts Dinner. Also, the foreign State Visits. I guess that's enough though.
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South Yorkshire catering students serve royal feast for the Queen's 90th birthday - The Star
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Six Barnsley College Catering students have recently spent the week at Windsor cooking for the Queen, her family, friends and acquaintances during the annual Royal Horse Show.

Preparing over 650 meals each day, the students and their tutors supported lead chefs in cooking and serving classic and modern cuisine to both the royal restaurant and members’ restaurant which consisted of VIPs and exclusive guests.

The prestigious event also marked the Queen’s 90th birthday where royalty from around the world were also invited.

Catering course leader, Martyn Hollingsworth, together with tutors Angela McGinley and James Key expressed how extremely proud of the students they were for being such fine ambassadors of the college and coping well under pressure.

Martyn said: “Catering for such a high-profile event was a challenge for myself and my colleagues, who are highly qualified and experienced, so for our students to take on the challenge and do such a wonderful job is extraordinary. They worked to professional standards throughout the week and were praised by industry experts for their diligence and remarkable work ethic.”

The college’s Open Kitchen restaurant will be hosting its own prestigious event on June 9 to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday where learners will be replicating one of the menus that they cooked for the Queen. The five-course dinner will be £17.95 per head and will be served from 6.30pm with limited places available.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:14 PM
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Even before austerity - they don't didn't do any more public tiara events than they do now - two incoming State Visits, sometimes two outgoing State Visits, CHOGM (every two years) and the State Opening of Parliament per year.

It is simply the BRF's way - they don't do these events all the time.
Didn't they also used to wear them to the theater?
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:17 PM
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However, the next reign may include some return to gala events again, which I'm looking forward to. (Love the way the Scandi royals hold weddings.)
I love those Scandinavian weddings too. I hope the next reign will include a lot more jewels. Camilla wears big jewelry so well. Kate seems to be minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but it could be that she has limited access right now.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:57 PM
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Didn't they also used to wear them to the theater?
Back in the 1950s and early 60s and Diana did a few times but it really was seen as over the top by the 90s after the 1992 annus horribilis - everything changed that year - a lot more basic in the ways of doing things.

I don't think there will be more in the next reign - with a 'smaller royal family' there will be fewer royals to wear stuff anyway and I don't think the public would like to have to pay for more of those types of events anyway.
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Old 05-28-2016, 12:15 AM
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I love those Scandinavian weddings too. I hope the next reign will include a lot more jewels. Camilla wears big jewelry so well. Kate seems to be minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but it could be that she has limited access right now.

Kate's worn three different tiaras in four tiara appearances :)

She might appreciate gala events more than we think


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Old 05-28-2016, 12:24 AM
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Yes she has been able to explore a few tiaras, but jewel wise, has been limited. She wears mainly personal pieces, small pieces bought for her. From time to time we do get to see her wearing something like the queen's wedding bracelet but it isn't that common.

Camilla has the presence for the big tiaras and jewels. She looks stunning in them. I have a hard time picturing Kate in some of the larger of the queen's tiaras. The smaller delicate ones seem to suit her better.
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They use tiaras for the State Opening of Parliament (every year), the Diplomatic Corps Reception (every year), incoming State Visits (usually 2 times a year), outgoing State Visits (Varies due to the Queen's age), the CHOGM Dinner (every two years). This is more than enough in this day and age, but I like it.

Camilla also used tiaras for the Annual Royal Academy of Arts Dinner and the Waterloo Banquet in June 2015.

The Royal Variety Performance:

The Queen last used a tiara in 1985 - She went without in 1987, 1989–90, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012. The other members of the royal family also went without after the mid 80s with the exception of the Queen Mother who attended for the last time in 1991.

This has nothing to do with 1992, the War of the Wales, other scandals or austerity.

The Queen felt that it was no longer appropriate to wear tiaras to these events anymore, because we went into new and more modern times (according to a former staffer who spoke about it on television during the Diamond Jubilee.)

And if Charles as king wants to turn it into a tiara event again, then he can do it, and it will not cost more to the to the UK public. But I don't think/hope he would do that.

Dinners and other Gala performances in the UK:

The Queen has not used tiaras during such events since the 1960s.

The Queen Mother continued to do so at some few events and Diana did it sometimes.

This either has nothing to do with 1992, the War of the Wales, other scandals or austerity.

The Queen felt that it was no longer appropriate to wear tiaras to all these events during the 70s and 80s, because we went into new and more modern times (according to a former staffer who spoke about it on television during the Diamond Jubilee.)

And I think the Queen said something like this to that awful man Rolf Harris: I only uses jewels when I absolutely must.

I could have checked the clip, but I can't stand that man.

The same happened in Norway after King Olav died, it happened in Sweden and bit by bit in Denmark.
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The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips forced to sell tickets for special lunch for £100k | Daily Mail Online

As we have read in the Daily Fail and other more reliable newspapers before: It was Peter Phillips who presented this idea to the palace and both they and the Queen went along with it. We did also read that there were people at the palace who raised eyebrows over the prices, and that they were concerned about whether Peter Phillips had this under control or not.

It doesn't seem like he has it under control, does it?
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On the cover: an exclusive Annie Leibovitz portrait of the Queen to honor her 90th birthday

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On the cover: an exclusive Annie Leibovitz portrait of the Queen to honor her 90th birthday

https://twitter.com/VanityFair/statu...15920269402112

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Its just not HM without her favorite corgis. I really find it hard to believe that this is the face of a woman that is 90. She really does look much younger to me.
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To mark her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II sat for a series of portraits by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz. The resulting portfolio—which includes two photos exclusive to Vanity Fair—captures the Queen in the intimate, familiar setting of her home at Windsor Castle.

“The most moving, important thing about this shoot is that these were all her ideas,” says Leibovitz. “She wanted to be photographed with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; her daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal; and her corgis.
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It is not the first time Her Majesty has starred the cover of the iconic magazine, after she graced its pages exactly nine years ago in its June 2007 - shot again by Leibovitz.
Queen at 90, a Vanity Fair cover star, at home with her corgis
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One image – which, like the cover shot, is previously unseen - shows the Queen and Prince Philip, seated together in the Old Sitting Room at Windsor, an affectionate portrait of a couple with nearly 69 years of marriage behind them.
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More articles from Vanity Fair:

Read more: See Annie Leibovitz?s Intimate Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the | Vanity Fair
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The Queen is a phenomenon: she is celebrated all over the world, without ever having done anything to court such fame. Her values are quite different—she sees herself not as a star but as a humble servant, first of God and then of her people.

At 90, the Queen is the oldest monarch in the thousand years of the British monarchy. And she is our longest-reigning monarch. But that is not a record she ever sought—it is the result of her beloved father, King George VI, dying prematurely, aged 56, in 1952, when she was only 25. Since then she has devotedly fulfilled the promise she made to serve her country for as long as she should live. Britain has changed almost beyond recognition since 1952, but she has been constant, working tirelessly to retain the consent of her ever changing people. She has understood that the Crown is an office, defined by duties, and not an individual, moved by hopes and fears. She has quietly adapted the office so that it remains the small voice of calm to which people turn for reassurance in social and political storms. She has been the center which has always, always held. She has often said that she can do this only because she tries to follow the example of Christ “to serve, not to be served.” Her personality—kind, loyal, patriotic, and imbued with Christian feeling—has never changed. The beloved Queen of 64 years is still the vulnerable, dutiful young Elizabeth who was anointed with holy oil and crowned on a rainy day in 1953.
Read more: What Queen Elizabeth?s 90 Years of Royal Portraits Tell Us About the M | Vanity Fair
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“The Queen wears just the suggestion of a smile that lightens the mouth. She looks at everyone with the recognition of compassion, a dedicated look, an expression of enlightenment . . . She has the radiance of people who are much praised and loved . . . The erect stance and rigid little head, with the hair so well curled around her Crown.”
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I guess announcements about the Service of Thanksgiving and guest will be coming up.
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