19 April 2018

CHOGM Dinner

The Queen hosted a dinner at Buckingham Palace for representatives and Heads of Government to celebrate the Commonwealth during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). She was joined by multiple members of the Royal Family.

The Queen picked out some surprises for us tonight! First of all, we haven't seen the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara since 2015. Welcome back, Girls.

Royal Family

Second of all, she brought back the Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace! The Duchess of Cambridge borrowed this necklace for the Spanish State Banquet in 2017, but it hasn't been seen on The Queen herself since the 1980s.


Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings finished off the ruby accessories. The Queen also wore her favorite evening watch, a bracelet on her other hand, and several rings.


It's nice to see the jewel surprises continue - and her run of colored gem selections - even with the return of Her Maj's favorite tiara. Very sparkly indeed.

Royal Family
Diamond and Ruby Bracelet (possibly)
Diamond and Ruby Rings


Note: This was a multiple tiara event for the British royal ladies, and the rest are covered here at the other blog.

Photos: CHOGM screencaps, Royal Family

CHOGM Opening Ceremony, Reception, and Audiences

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace. Afterward, The Queen and The Prince of Wales hosted a reception for the new Commonwealth Heads of Government.
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For more: Zimbio gallery.

A big chunk of diamonds from the late Queen Mother's collection made its 2018 debut for the CHOGM Opening today. This Shell Brooch is seriously sparkly, observe while you check out all the rest of the royal family members at the ceremony:



The brooch kept its place on Her Maj's interesting skirt suit - color strategically selected so as not to echo the colors of any one country's flag too closely, I expect - as she and The Prince of Wales hosted a reception afterward.

Royal Family

Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen received the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, for a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
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Oh, and a tricky one to follow up  I see the Diamond Rose of York Brooch, and the rest of you see about seven different things, based on your comments.

18 April 2018

Commonwealth Walkway Panel Unveiling and Audiences at Buckingham Palace

The Queen unveiled a Commonwealth Walkway Panel in the Buckingham Palace Gardens as part of the Outdoor Trust's Commonwealth Walkway project.
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A lovely light outfit for a lovely Spring day, and not a bad background for the big diamonds in this brooch.

Royal Family

Engagement and Wedding Rings 


Also today, The Queen received the Prime Minister of Canada and the Prime Minister of India for audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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The brooch also made an appearance on the dress underneath, where it is much harder to make out.

17 April 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen received the President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, for an audience at Windsor Castle.
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There are so many heads of state in town for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this week that The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry all had to pitch in to cover the welcome duties. The Queen met with the President of South Africa and presented him with an interesting gift: letters exchanged between herself and Nelson Mandela marking South Africa's re-entry into the Commonwealth in 1994. You can see the usual gifts of framed photographs are off to the side. The brooch, alas, is much harder to see.

Unidentified Brooch

12 April 2018

King George VI Day Centre Visit

The Queen visited the King George VI Day Centre in Windsor to mark the 60th anniversary of the Centre's opening and the 70th anniversary of the Windsor Old People's Welfare Association.
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Longevity in action: The Queen opened this center for the elderly back in 1958 and gave permission to name it after her father; now she's visiting for its 60th anniversary and is herself older than some of the members she met there.

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Also purple in action, again! The Kent Amethyst is already on its third appearance for the year and we saw it on this same outfit (a coat and dress by Karl Ludwig and hat by Angela Kelly) in February.

11 April 2018

Audience at Windsor Castle

Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next week, The Queen received the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.
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A furry welcoming committee and new pictures to analyze for those of you that love to look around the room, what an audience. A good brooch, too.

01 April 2018

Easter Service

The Queen and members of the Royal Family attended Easter Service in Windsor.
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Her Maj was bright and Spring-ready today, right in line with the two girls in their Easter best who presented her with flowers after the the service. And we got a lovely view of the Pearl Triangle Brooch, which we've mostly been seeing in glimpses at audiences and investitures.

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It was a great fashion day for the whole family - but that's coming up tomorrow at the other blog.

Pearl Triangle Brooch