20 February 2018

Visit to the Royal College of Physicians and London Fashion Week

The Queen visited the Royal College of Physicians to mark its 500th anniversary.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

Love this Stewart Parvin outfit and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat. The Diamond and Pearl Navette Brooch looks great on this background. This was the start of a double dose of pale blue for the day - and a double dose of brooches...



The Queen also visited London Fashion Week, where she watched designer Richard Quinn's fashion show and presented him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design.
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Today's second engagement was a surprise visit and an absolute treat. Front row at a fashion show with Dame Anna Wintour! People seem very fussed about the fact that Vogue's own queen kept her sunglasses on, which is a thing she always does at fashion shows to help hide her reactions to the show. That's just part of the authentic Anna Wintour Front Row Experience, man.

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This visit was later in the day, so Her Maj was hatless and made an outfit change to something with a bit of sparkle, an Angela Kelly duck egg blue tweed dress and jacket embellished with tiny aquamarine Swarovski crystals. And, of course, the Cullinan V shining away on her shoulder.

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By the way, here's a name we mention all the time but a face you may not know:

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That's Angela Kelly herself. She organized and designed the award, in a shape inspired by the Queen Elizabeth rose. The award recognizes the role the fashion industry plays in society and diplomacy, and it will be awarded annually to "an emerging British fashion designer who shows talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies."

16 February 2018

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
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For more: ITV article and video.

An early 2018 start for the Albert Sapphire - let's hope for more in 2018 than the two appearances we saw in 2017!

14 February 2018

Commonwealth Diaspora Reception and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duchess of Gloucester, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Diaspora community.
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Double brooch day! The Jardine Star, a favorite for all occasions, and...

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The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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....the Pearl Triangle, a popular choice for audiences in the past couple years.

13 February 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received Sarah Clarke, who has been appointed the first female Black Rod in the 650-year history of the position in the House of Lords, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

A little sideways glimpse of a brooch favorite today, to go with this historic appointment.

09 February 2018

Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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This is a quick repeat! We just saw this dress on February 2nd, with the same brooch.

08 February 2018

Audience at Buckingham Palace

The Queen received His Excellency Ellison Greenslade, High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Greenslade, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Back to the daily grind! At least this daily grind includes something (apparently) amusing, a fabulous hat, a couple of bird statues, and a Queen Mary brooch we haven't seen in four years.

07 February 2018

Return to London

The Queen departed King's Lynn via train at the end of her Sandringham break.
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A good moment for those that like a look into Her Maj's surely massive scarf collection; not such a great moment for those waiting for the brooches. I like that she's ending this Sandringham break with a look back to a past orange Christmas, though - kind of a nice bookend to the season.