Housekeeping: Bits and Bobs will be back tomorrow.
Good Monday morning, Handbag Community! The annual Commonwealth Service will be held at Westminster Abbey today at 3.00 p.m., local time. Watch the coverage live on the BBC YouTube channel . If you like to follow along on Twitter, here’s your link. The Westminster Abbey website also has more information for those who are interested.
We’ll pop back in later today with a review of the day, but please post your thoughts in the comments to keep us current on events as they happen.
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Quick Peek Back
In advance of today’s event, here’s a quick look back at how the ladies approached the last few years. Some great looks here.
UPDATE: Here are some photos from today.
And lastly, some photos from the service itself. There are plenty more over at Getty if you’re interested. Some lovely photos from outside of the church as well.
Some PhD level coordination going on here – note Harry’s lining and William’s tie, matching up with their wive’s dresses.
The ceremony isn’t really so much about showing off fashion as it is about unity – for the country, the Commonwealth, and I suppose you can say for this year particularly, for the family. We don’t do drama here, but believe me if you want it you can find it in other outlets by the boatload. My take? Yes, the event was tinged with some poignancy, probably the most so for Harry, but it’s not a final farewell by any means. We’ll still see the Sussex duo on occasion in official capacities, and of course they have their share of fame so they are hardly disappearing entirely!
The Queen was in lovely powder blue and her BEST BROOCH EVER (trademark LiL),the Jardine Star, and Camilla stepped out in repeated blue. If anyone can ID Cam’s brooch, give us a shout because it’s worth noting. Kate repeated her Catherine Walker burgundy coat and added a new, fabulous hat by Sally Ann Provan. I hope the Hat Queen has more info on that because if there was ever a hat I wanted in my own wardrobe, this is it. Sophie wore a statement Suzannah Evangeline white and navy dress, and Meghan continued the cape action with an Emilia Wikstead dress, and a saucy beret-style hat by William Chambers.
Take a gander at the accessory breakdown over at UFONoMore. The royal firm continues on, folks.