07 December 2016

The Countess of Wessex Wears the Diamond and Gold Cuff Necklace

Another jewelry loan, we're on a roll...

The Countess of Wessex attended the Golden Hockey Ball.
Royal Family
The Countess of Wessex appeared this evening in the Diamond and Gold Cuff Necklace, a piece primarily worn by The Queen in the 1990s, and one not worn for several years. Sophie wore it with a repeated gray Bruce Oldfield gown. It looks bigger to me here - certainly more of a statement piece than it was in Her Maj's appearances - and while I don't love it with this gown, I do like it on Sophie.

Royal Family
The Countess of Wessex is gradually adding pieces to her repertoire. In the past few years, several jewels from The Queen's collection have appeared on Sophie, including the Silver Jubilee Pearl and Diamond Earrings, the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings, the Ruby Floret Earrings, the Five Aquamarine Tiara, the King Faisal Diamond Necklace. The vault continues to open. (Yay!)

06 December 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Royal Variety Performance

I'm here for the Camilla + diamond sightings. (And for Camilla informing Lady Gaga that she's also known as Gaga - to her grandkids.)

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended the Royal Variety Performance.
Ahhhhh, yes, those are some diamonds. This is the second time we've seen her Pear Drop Diamond Demi-Parure in full this year, and we also spotted the earrings at the recent state banquet. It never fails to dazzle in its simplicity, does it?
Funnily enough, the last time we saw this necklace - at the British Asian Trust Gala - we also saw this dress, pretty much, just in navy and black. As Kate stocks up on her Preen dresses, so Camilla stocks up on her lacy gowns, I guess. (This one must be by Bruce Oldfield too.)

02 December 2016

Investiture at Windsor Castle

The Queen held an Investiture at Windsor Castle.
Sky screencaps

This is a great investiture brooch, easy for us to spot from the side and all. (Priorities.) The Queen must agree, because the last time we saw it was also at a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony.

01 December 2016

Goodenough College Visit and Audiences

The Queen visited Goodenough College, London.
For more: Zimbio gallery.

'Twas a day for gold and rubies, I guess. Small rubies here...



The Queen also held audiences at Buckingham Palace

...larger ones here. She was without the Grima Ruby Brooch earlier this year - it was on display with her birthday fashion exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse - and has now squeezed in two appearances for the year. She must be pleased to have it back.

30 November 2016

29 November 2016

Princess Alexandra's 80th Birthday Reception

The Queen, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace celebrating the work and patronages of Princess Alexandra of Kent in her 80th year.
For more: Zimbio gallery.
Two matching cousins in their tasteful suits, pearls, and diamond floral brooches, what's not to love? The Queen wore her lovely Flame Lily Brooch and Princess Alexandra wore her six petal diamond flower brooch. (Her Maj also has one like this, of course; it's a common design.) Special shout-out to The Countess of Wessex, while we're at it, because that is an excellent red dress.

24 November 2016

Service of Thanksgiving for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by The Earl and Countess of Wessex, attended a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.


This is a pretty purple dream, isn't it? Purple with rich velvet trim, the perfect background for a rich little amethyst. (But I'm less in love with the flower on the hat, I must say.)

Royal Family Twitter
The Wessexes were in attendance, of course, because they're the ones carrying the DoE Award flag for the family these days. The Countess wore a Bruce Oldfield outfit and Jane Taylor hat she first wore to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee service in 2012 - and now here, for another diamond anniversary service.
Good jacket, jaunty little hat, maybe a touch too much happening on the skirt, but still, it's easy to see why this has become one of her "special occasion" outfits.