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Brit Brief – Wimbledon Appearances

If you want to bone up on the history of the royal family and Wimbledon, check out this TIme Magazine supplied by our own geogirl. The Standard also has a comprehensive 87 page slide deck of various royal appearances, if you have the time and inclination. However, if you just want to hit the high points, we have condensed the best of the best for you here – at least how we see it! We’ll leave this post open for you to attach any images from Wimbledon 2019 that take your fancy.

Queen Mary did NOT dress down for any sporting event, and certainly not for the Wimbledon finals of 1926. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duke of York participated in the 1926 tournament, an experiment he did not repeat. He does hold the honor of being the only British royal to do so. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Here is a bit of fabulous history! Princesses Juliana and Ingrid attending the 1933 tournament. I am fascinated by Juliana’s fun footwear. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Victoria of Spain – in all season fur – visits with the very beautiful Helen Wills Moody, eight time champion, in 1938.
Her Majesty congratulates Darlene Hard and the one and only Althea Gibson in 1957. Getty Images.
Princess Anne brought Carnaby Street right on to the court in 1969. Getty Images.
Princess Alexandra in gloves and metallic strapped shoes in 1971. And a turban! And Evonne Goolagong!
Do you recognize these children at the 2001 tournament?

Let us know who you see in 2019 below!

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Brit Brief – Order of the Garter

The hofdames can already feel the excitement building for this year’s Order of the Garter ceremonies. In addition to the usual pomp and the appearance of the senior Windsors, both King Felipe and King Willem-Alexander will be invested. The proceedings will be held at St. George’s Chapel. We will bring you all the details in an additional post, with some possible special guest contributions, as soon as we have them.

If you want to remind yourself what the ceremony is about, head here. Until we get the special post up, please use this post to add any comments or photos you might happen upon. Treat this as a mini-open post (although we’ll have a real Brit Brief Open Post starting tomorrow, for Ascot week).

The official photos with Her Majesty have been released. This is quite obviously a very big deal, even to the royals who are used to big deals.

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Queen Letizia is wearing a Cherubina hat and dress, and Queen Maxima is wearing Claes Iversen. Queen Letizia Style has already posted a run down on Leti’s ensemble, and our Iselen has provided many details in the comments. Triple-A has similarly been on the case providing us with information on Max’s clothing and accessories.

Let’s do a quick rundown on what some of the Windsor ladies wore.

Princess Alexandra was in her full regalia, riding in the procession, and looking healthy and good. I love a good Alex sighting. All is well with the world.

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Princess Anne, also in full regalia. Is it any surprise that she wears this well?

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Sophie was in a repeated Suzannah dress and Jane Taylor “disc” hat, with some nifty pearl drop earrings.

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Kate, to no one’s surprise I am sure, wore a new Catherine Walker “Liza” dress and Sylvia Fletcher percher, which is described as designed in the “Lion Tamer” Percher style. You tell me what that means, but it is one of my favorite hats. She wore the Collingwood pearl drop earrings.

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Camilla was just so very Camilla like in her Anna Valentine Dress, Five Strand Pink Topaz choker, and Philip Treacy hat. I hope this is a good sign for big hattage through Ascot! I also just love this view of Letizia’s dress, so I couldn’t help but slip her in again.

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A lovely and iconic group, right? There is a tantalizing glimpse of the Duchess of Gloucester in back, as well, in a fresh blue dress with what looks like Princess Alice’s diamond clips on the lapels.

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A great day, sartorially and historically. It was also a great day here! Hat tip to all the following blogs Queen Letizia Style, ModekoninginMaxima, What Kate Wore and Regal Fille. If you are at all interested in the royal hattage, Royal Hats is a must stop. Also, find Triple-A’s comments on Max’s hat re-do in the comments. Thanks to you all, for all your comments and contributions. This would be a dull and dry corner of the internet without you!

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Spam a Man – Father’s Day Edition

Royal dad-dom. So cute, often so overlooked. If you feel the urge, go ahead and spam your favorite royal dad in the comments. For those out there who celebrate yourselves – a Happy Father’s Day to you!

Have a great Father’s Day. If you are lucky enough to have a father or father figure in your life, head over and have some fun with him! We’ll see you all Monday.

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Brit Brief Open Post – Trooping the Colour

Today is the Queen’s Birthday!!! Ok, well not actually…that’s back in April. Today is her “official birthday” which includes a parade called the Trooping the Colour.

For newbies to the royal scene, this tradition goes all the way back to George II, when he combined the annual summer military march with his birthday parade (he was an October baby – and yes, we do rock!). The monarch’s birthday is usually celebrated during June, which has better weather than most of the actual birthday months of the monarchs. Some history here and here.

While the parade is all good and fun, what most people get the most excited about is the balcony appearance after the parade. Queen Elizabeth II, and pretty much all of her extended family, come out on the balconies of Buckingham Palace to watch a RAF flypast.

Since this event starts quite early (at least for those of us in the US), we’ll be back during the day with some pictures, but feel free to share below!

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The parade has begun and the woman of the hour has arrived, in a closed carriage. She appears to be entirely in beige, from hat floof to hem, as we like to say. A lovely sparkle in it, too.

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The Triple Duchess routine is in force, with the Duchess of Cornwall in mint green with a Wedgewood effect, the Duchess of Cambridge in a lovely yellow cream and the Duchess of Sussex looking sophisticated in navy. Prince Harry, lucky lad, is escorting all the ladies in one carriage. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were together, as were Sophie and Edward and their family.

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Some close-ups, for those who like to scrutinize detail. Meghan is reported to be in a bespoke design by Givenchy, Camilla in Bruce Oldfield with a Philip Treacy hat, and Kate in McQueen. Both Sophie and Autumn Philips are reported to be wearing dresses by Suzannah Fashion.

Princess Beatrice is wearing a pink Emilia Wickstead, also worn previously by Sophie (Ascot 2018) and Mette-Marit. I do love the detailing on Eugenie’s dress, which seems to have a textured effect.

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Lady Louise is repeating her ensemble from Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

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Autumn Philips in her Suzannah ensemble. I prefer this neckline to Sophies, only because of the interfacing factor. Those collars should stand at attention!

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Father, son and Aunt Anne in the Horse Guards uniform. The lower lip truly holds that hat on.

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Some peeping children, taking in the scene. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are keeping an eye on things, and Prince George is all, “Eh. I’ve done this before. No need to wave ; ).”

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I think it’s fair to say that Prince Louis enjoyed both the flypast and his balcony debut.

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As always, the extended clan joined up on the balcony to watch the flypast. I enjoy this mother flanked by two sons configuration. Since we often don’t focus on Prince Andrew at this event, it’s nice to see him front and center with his mother and Charles.

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Brit Brief Open Post – US/UK State Visit

Note: We will avoid discussion of American politicians, political wives and families, and policy on these U.S. state visit posts. We will instead focus on the royals, and we ask that you follow suit in the comments. Thanks!

The U.S. President and First Lady, accompanied by their family,  will begin a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom starting June 3. We will update this post with photos of the royal participants as they become available. Actual times can be found here.

Day 1:
Ceremonial Welcome Buckingham Palace Gardens (The Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall)
Private Lunch (Members of the Royal Family)
Visit Westminster Abbey (Duke of York)
Tea at Clarence House (Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall)
State Banquet (The Queen and Members of the Royal Family)

Day 2:
Business Breakfast Downing Street (Prime Minister)
Business Talks and Joint Press Conference (Prime Minister)
Return Dinner Winfield House (Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall)

Day 3:
Commemorative Events 75th Anniversary D-Day (The Queen and Prince of Wales)
Formal Farewell (The Queen)

For the welcome ceremony, The Queen is wearing a coat by Stewart Parvin in pale green over a pleated silk dress. Her hat is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, and I believe we spy the Cambridge Emerald brooch which, geek that I am, excites me a bit too much. She is flanked by two ladies in white, which makes for quite a visual impact and makes me wonder how planned these appearances are. The Duchess of Cornwall is wearing an Anna Valentine dress and Philip Treacy hat. Thanks to AG, we have identified the Duchess’ choker as the four-strand with a small diamond clasp.

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Banquet photos are coming in. White gowns and tiara surprises are the order of the night. Starting with the center of it all: here is the Queen, in the Burmese Ruby and Queen Victoria’s Crown Ruby Earrings and Necklace.

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The Duchess of Cornwall, also in a repeated white gown, wearing the Boucheron Honeycomb tiara. May I add, great hair, ma’am ; ).

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The Duchess of Cambridge, in the Cambridge Lovers Knot, and wearing her new family order and sash. She’s wearing a fabulously frothy and tiered lace white dress by Alexander McQueen. She is wearing the dangling sapphire and diamond fringe earrings from the Queen Mother’s collection. She has a four strand pearl bracelet on her wrist, and we believe we spy her Oak Leaf brooch securing her sash.

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The Countess of Wessex, sporting her newly configured Wedding tiara (closer photos downthread), and a lovely lavender gown.

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The Duchess of Gloucester, looking terrific in blue and her Honeysuckle tiara (links and close up photos below).

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Princess Michael, in the Kent Pearl Festoon (close-up below) and Princess Alexandra, in the Ogilvy tiara.

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Princess Anne, wearing the utterly fabulous and completely under-utilized Aquamarine Pineflower tiara. The brooch used to secure her sash was originally part of the tiara.

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We have some fairly good up close photos of tiaras from the passing cars. Prince and Princess Michael, she in the Kent Festoon tiara.

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Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, she in the Gloucester Honeysuckle tiara.

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The Duchess of Cambridge in the Cambridge Lovers Knot, with a pair of sapphire and diamond danglers (previously seen in 2015).

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Of course, the most exciting tiara sighting has been the new, tightened up version of Sophie’s wedding tiara. Doesn’t it look much better? Cat ears begone. All her jewels are on point tonight. The necklace is tentatively identified as from the Queen’s drop demi-parure.

We think there has been an additional base added, and each side element has lost the inner scroll. Everything has been moved together. The whole thing looks much more coherent.
You make the call. What has been added?

Some good sparkle if you swipe through to the video below! It’s the third image.

Photos of the return dinner at Winfield House – the residence of the Ambassador of the US – are trickling through. Camilla’s second evening look of the week is a white gown with sheer sleeves and a floral embroidered overlay, by Fiona Clare.  Personally, I am happy to see she went with ice and not pearls around her neck, since we can’t get enough of her  Pear Drop Diamond demi parure .

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They can can invite me over for dinner at Winfield House any time! Lovely setting, isn’t it?

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On Wednesday, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II attended the D-day 75 Commemorations in Portsmouth, England. The political heads of 16 countries involved in World War II joined the event. All 16* signed an historic proclamation of peace to ensure the horrors of the Second World War are never repeated.

*(Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.)

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The Queen wore a pink coat over a floral silk dress. Her choice of the Centenary Rose brooch is sentimental and highly personal, a tribute to her mother. As the embodiment of living history, I often wonder what the Queen is thinking of at events like this.

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The text of the Queen’s remarks is below.

Finally, a video of The Queen’s remarks. With that, we conclude our “official” State Visit coverage. The comments will remain open for a few more days. Up next: Brit Brief Open Post – Trooping the Colour. Look for it late Friday evening or early Saturday morning. The event itself begins June 8, at 10:00 a.m. local time.

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“It is with humility and pleasure, on behalf of the entire country – indeed the whole free world – that I say to you all, thank you,” Her Majesty The Queen today gave a speech at the #DDay75 Commemorative event in Portsmouth today. During the speech, The Queen referenced her father, King George VI’s, D-Day broadcast. “…What is demanded from us all is something more than courage and endurance; we need a revival of spirit, a new unconquerable resolve…” The Queen and The Prince of Wales, attended the event alongside world leaders to commemorate D-Day which took place during WW2 and considered one of the largest military operations in history. Swipe across in the gallery to hear the full speech. 🎥 courtesy of @bbcstudioslive

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