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We are moving into our second year of the new normal, and after an emotional week, let us hope we are moving into some happier royaling days ahead.


The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh dominates the Getty coverage. There were several photos I hadn’t seen before, all here.

Back in the Bag

We’re not going far back, just to this Saturday. We had an Open Post for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and several knowledgeable members of this community provided background commentary to the proceedings. If you didn’t have a chance to stop in, I highly recommend reading through the comments. I know I learned a lot.


We aren’t going into detail about the clothing worn to the Duke’s funeral. It’s a somber occasion and not one that lends itself to fashion commentary. There were, however, several lovely nods to the Duke displayed in the jewels worn by the family, and those are worth a mention.

St. George’s Chapel, empty as it was, was a simply stunning venue for the funeral.

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Wreaths from the European royal houses were on display outside the chapel. Queen Margrethe’s wreath was made up of daisies of course. Constantine and Anne-Marie sent a wreath of olive leaves. I only wish we had better photos. I’ll keep looking!

The Queen cut a poignant figure seated alone in the chapel. She wore the Richmond brooch without the pendant. If there was a link to her late husband in this choice, it’s not a well-known one. The brooch was Queen Mary’s and has been worn at highly public events before, lastly at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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The Prince of Wales walked behind his father’s coffin, wearing his military honors and the Knight of the Garter order.

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The Princess Royal also wore her military honors and the Knight of the Garter order.

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The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, Mr. Peter Philips, the three oldest grandsons, all accompanied the funeral cortege. Prince William wore the Knight of the Garter order. Prince Harry wore his army medals. All the men in attendance were in morning suits.

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The Duchess of Cornwall wore the Regimental badge of the Rifles. She took over the patronage from Prince Philip last year. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Bahrain Drop Earrings and Japanese Choker on loan from the Queen.

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Mr. Edoardo Mopelli, and Mr. Jack Brooksbank were all in attendance.

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The Countess of Wessex wore her intertwined heart brooch, a gift from her husband. Lady Louise wore an equestrian brooch, a lovely nod to the hobby she shared with her grandfather.

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The Dukes of Kent and Gloucester, and Princess Alexandra were all photographed arriving and leaving the service.

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Lady Sarah Chatto was photographed in her mother’s Pearl and Diamond earrings, which she wears to many significant royal events.

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Look who popped up! The Crown Prince and Princess appeared to present a prize for Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy Awards. Mette Marit wore a sparkling number from The Vampire’s Wife and looked pretty and happy to be about in public.


Well, hello Max. We see you there, working away. The Queen appeared at the International Theater Amsterdam (ITA), to talk about how the theater had fared under pandemic restrictions. She wore a repeated Natan, a floral number with transparent raglan sleeves.

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The Queen stepped out in her Hugo Boss denim dress for the “Women and Internationalization of the Spanish Economy” event at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism in Madrid.

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Happy 81st Birthday, Aunt Daisy! Oh, how I hope you have a big bash for the 82nd!


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