Brit Brief Open Post – Garden Party!

Hats! Florals! Pastels! Pleats! It is the third annual Buck House Garden Party of the season. I don’t know about you but the fact that there have been three already floors me. It’s still cold here, for heaven sakes.

We know the star of the show will be extensively covered elsewhere so I’ll just drop her in here with a quick “she is lovely in pink, isn’t she?” Always good to see the City of London Lily Brooch, too!

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We are making this an open post because I can’t possibly list everyone who was there*. We did get to see both Bea and Eug, in pastels, pleats and florals, as I mentioned earlier. I think the shape of Bea’s dress is particularly flattering to her, and knock me over with a feather, I actually *like* this floral. They say it’s by The Vampire’s Wife, which makes me giggle. All right, maybe it’s a tad autumnal, but still. Eug brings the spring with her Sandro pink pleats, though. Hey there, DoGlo, sneaking in without your beanie!

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Prince Harry was there, in a top hat and carrying his brolly. What can I say? I love a man in a top hat, particularly a tall man.

*Actually, I can list all the royals who were to attend, even though I don’t have photos. Please add them to the comments as you come across them:
The Queen
Prince Harry
Princess Beatrice
Princess Eugenie
Duke & Duchess of Gloucester
Duke of Kent
Prince & Princess Michael of Kent


Brit Brief Open Post – RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Garden Party Bonus

You’ll be seeing some of these open posts for upcoming British events, like the flower show and Ascot. They’ll appear under “Most Recent Posts” and then in the sidebar for the rest of the week. We want to allow everyone here to post photos and comments as the events unroll. We’ll be updating the actual post, too, but we are super excited to see what you guys post, too. I suspect many of you find better photos than we do!

We’ll also feature a reader comment from this post. You all are often more creative describing events than we are! We don’t want anyone to miss your words of wisdom.

We’ll start off with the Duchess of Cambridge, who has been working on her “Back to Nature” garden in advance of the show. The garden features incredible edibles, plants for crafts, a tree house, diverse plants and one swinging Duchess ; ).

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Here’s some great photos shared by the family themselves!

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Kate gave a tour of the garden to some local schoolchildren, wearing an eyelet blouse and cropped flappies, sort of a Meryl Streep Out of Africa vibe. I assume those flappies are conducive to movement, right?

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KP has released a short clip of Kate discussing the exhibit.

Video from Twitter of George giving Mom’s garden a 20 out of 10.

We have a new video out of Australia this time around. Their morning show sent a correspondent who has an interesting tidbit about Kate getting her exhibit “Her Maj ready”!

Bonus! These people cannot get enough of gardens – The Queen and the Cambridges hosted a Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The Queen is wearing Parvin and a Rachel Morgan hat – good news for those you who want less of Angela’s hats – and the Duchess is wearing pink Alexander McQueen and a Juliette Botterill hat. The weather certainly cooperated for all their garden activities this week, didn’t it?

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Brit Brief Open Post – Lady Gabriella Windsor Wedding

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, married Mr. Thomas Kingston at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. It was a private wedding, but a large assortment of royals turned out for the event, including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Lady Gabriella wore a lace open necked dress by Luisa Beccaria. Town and Country described the dress as, “…lace that is then embroidered with flowers and embellishments. The front of the dress is quite pure and fluid, while the back of the dress is more dramatic—the skirt fans out into a long train.”

I am not entirely sure I will get buy-in on this at all, but I feel a bit of homage to Aunt Alexandra here.

Scottish businessman Angus J. B. Ogilvy marrying Princess Alexandra of Kent. (Photo by Brian Seed/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The bride’s full face veil was anchored by the Kent City of London fringe, also worn by her Aunt Alexandra on her wedding day.

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The child attendants, who included her nieces Maud and Isabella Windsor, wore dresses designed by Luisa Beccaria as well. They were made from eight layers of powder pink tulle and organza, finished with floral motifs. The three pageboys wore Mikado suits.

If you want a peek inside the reception after the ceremony, see the Tweet below. You also catch a glimpse of the cake!

The official photos are out and they are aces.

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We will update this post with more information and photos as they become available, but please feel free to discuss anything related to the weddding in the comments below!


Brit Brief – Births!

So…..something happened this week. A new member has been welcomed into the British royal family. Yes, the Sussexes did it “their way”, but there is actually a long Windsor tradition of releasing photos a few days to a month after birth, allowing a few private days before greeting the world.

In celebration, we look back some of the early photos of the new family members leading up to the most recent addition.

New Iconic Photo

As I said on Twitter, this one is going to be iconic, but the shallow part of me is just obsessed with the small bit of Doria’s dress that we can see.

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Duke of Windsor

The famous “Four Generations” photo, with The future Duke of Windsor as the center of attention. Queen Victoria holds him, and the future Kings Edward VII and George V stand by, as men did then ; ).

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Elizabeth II

The Duchess of York and her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in May 1926. It looks as if the two future Queens are having a word with each other.

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Prince Charles

Prince Charles, at one month, peers out at the world. His mother, then Princess Elizabeth, looks pretty chuffed about her handsome son.

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Prince Harry

The new royal father himself, eyes firmly shut against the world, getting a ride in his mother’s arms. One day old, and already facing the press!

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Harry, Meghan and Bambino

The new dad was excited, wasn’t he? Vintage Harry, that appearance. Britain and the rest of the world celebrated with him in various ways.

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The newest member of the family poses for a photo with his mom and dad in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. Cute bundle, historic location, and happy parents – who can argue with any of that?

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You know you want to speculate on names for the new arrival – so have at it below. My contribution is David Philip Charles – I know, all very standard, but I think David is about ready to make a royal comeback. The others I just happen to like, for sentimental reasons!


Brit Brief – All Sophie, All the Time

We haven’t checked in with my favorite British whirling dervish in eons, so let’s just see what she has been doing the last month or so.

Because I can, I am going to do a roll call of her looks from my favorite to least favorite, and we’ll wrap up with the royal tour to India, which I consider a class of its own.

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The Countess of Wessex joined the blindness prevention charity, Orbis UK at the launch of their See My Future appeal. I know I go on and on about her typical dress length, but this Peter Pilotto “cloque” dress has a lovely fit and just enough swing in the skirt to make the longer length palatable to me – plus, it’s not quite as long as she is wont to go. Let’s forge ahead and see those longer lengths.

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Windsor Horse Show

Sophie, Ed and Andrew will be the magnificent trio of Veeps at the Windsor Horse Show. I have no idea how to ID what Sophie is wearing here, but once again her casual style is the most flattering of all to me. She just looks extremely at home in these togs.

RAF Witterling Centenary Play Park

Sophie is the Honorary Air Commodore of the Royal Air Force Witterling. She recently visited a new centenary play park in the RAF Wittering village.  I think many people will like this longer Max Mara dress better than I do – since of course I find it a bit too long for my taste. She did have two additional events after, which may account for the rather formal outfit at a play park.

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British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Dinner

Sophie is also a patron of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association. She attended a fundraising dinner wearing an Alaia midi dress. The combination of the length, high round neck and sleeve length is giving rather matronly vibes, but the lovely Sophie is radiant from the neck up, as always.

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Royal Visit to India

The dervish landed in India and commenced a schedule that makes me pull up a fainting couch – she visited three hospitals in a day, for heavens sake. This trip is focused on child and maternal health. She is pictured here wearing a repeated ARossGirl wrap dress for a reception honoring trained midwives.

Good egg that she is, she cuddled this wee one during a visit to a preemie ward. On a shallow note, she looked sharp and cool in her cobalt blue trousers and shirt, right? I think fitted but flowing, in bold colors plus pattern interest, is the way to go for her.

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The Countess of Wessex this morning visited Niloufer Hospitals, a women and children's hospital in Hyderabad as part of her official tour of India. At Niloufer, Sophie visited the Special Newborn Care Unit, where she spoke with doctors and concerned mothers. She was pictured grinning as she tenderly held a tiny newborn baby wrapped in bright pink fabric which was being fed through a tube. She looked visibly moved as she was shown premature babies and spoke animatedly to the resident doctors and nurses about the screening and treatment services that have been introduced to ensure babies at risk of blindness receive the timely treatment they need to prevent it. Sophie also met with leading eye health professionals who have been instrumental in setting up and delivering the services, and parents and children who have, or have had, the condition. Later this week she will travel to Mumbai and New Delhi, and returns to the UK on Friday 3 May. When she goes to Mumbai, Sophie will visit a school where she will meet Queen's Young Leader, Deane de Menezes, whose project 'Red is the new Green' aims to destigmatise menstruation, improve access to menstrual hygiene and ultimately prevent female absenteeism in schools. 📷 @dailymail, @shutterstock #queenelizabeth #countessofwessex #earlofwessex #sophierhysjones #princedward #followme #followback #tagsforlikesapp #tagstagramers #windsor #westminster #royals #royalfamily #england #kensingtonpalace #buckinghampalace #greatbritain #frogmorehouse #britishroyals #britishmonarchy

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If there was ever any doubt that Sophster was both smart and sincere, as well as being an all around asset to the royal family, this video should put them to rest.

That’s our girl, a ball of energy. Now I am off to take a nap, so what do you think of her latest?