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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 – 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

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Random Royaling – When Harry Met Margriet

The lovely and impish Princess Margriet accompanied the handsome and impish Prince Harry at the launch of the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands. Princess Margriet is the Dutch representative for the games, due to debut in the Netherlands next year. In the meantime, the Duke of Sussex was presented with an Invictus Games baby grow for Archie, who, who knows, may just accompany his parent to the next launch.

I have no information on Margriet’s ensemble, but just let us drink it in in all its springtime freshness. Great print, zazzy blue shoes, and the best hair on a Classic Edition Princess this side of the fabulous Cams. I am officially dazzled.

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What do you think of this royal pairing? Charming? Puckish? A heck of a good time?