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Random Royaling – Regatta

The Cambridge family went regatting at the King’s Cup, which is held off the Isle of Wight in Cowes. I know nothing of sailing or regattas. It was all for good causes, so let’s dive in, focus on the clothes, and glide by the subject of which we are lacking knowledge ; ).

The arrival outfit is …well, here it is. The shirt is Sandro, the trouser pant is a repeat LK Bennett, and that is all I am going to say on the subject of this ensemble.

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Kate sailed for the Royal Foundation, relating to her work on early child development. William sailed his yacht on behalf of Child Bereavement UK. They changed into sporty gear, and honestly, I think those two would wear this type of stuff to every engagement if it were allowed. I have rarely seen them so comfortable. I just wish I could achieve that type of even tan on my legs and be that fit. I would wear shorts year around.

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The actual sailing looked cold. And windy. And hard. I am obviously not a sailor, but the Cambridge duo looked perfectly at home. Kate’s boat was unfortunately disqualified, and there was some ribbing from her spouse at the awards ceremony.

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Granddad Mike and Gran Carole were on hand to lend support. Both George and Charlotte were there, too, adding to the general esprit de corps of the whole endeavor. Charlotte, in the grand tradition of her uncle Harry and Danish neighbor, Princess Josephine, had a moment when the urge to stick out her tongue just overcame her.

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The cutest child moment didn’t come from the Cambridge children, though. That belongs to this young lass and her deep curtsy. It was a curtsy so grand, it quite impressed the Duchess and Queen-to-be. I doubt I could do half as well.

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Do you like the sailing? The sportiness? Weigh on in!

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Random Royaling – Kate and Nature

She loves the outdoors, kids and gardens. It’s a trifecta for the Duchess.

The Duchess hosted a picnic for her patronages in the Back to Nature Garden, where the children from Hampton Hill Junior School joined her. The garden is now located at #RHSHampton, and some new elements, such as a wild flower garden, have been added. The garden is designed to attract insects and bees – both integral to a healthy earth. It is also designed to get families outdoors and playing together – integral to a healthy society.

Because she knows we love to discuss prints, she obliged by wearing her Sandro dress, and accessorized with Polly Petal earrings and Castaner wedges.

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Take a few moments to tour with the Duchess. It’s relaxing and we can all use that.

Do you think her dress compliments the scene as well as I do?

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Random Royaling – The Summer of the Flowing Print

They are all doing it, folks. I realize the trend of the flowing print midi started well before this summer (too long ago for some of us) but since it shows no sign of slowing down, I thought we would take a look at some of the best efforts over the past two months. Again, I think I am being worn down by pure repetition, because not only did I not mind these, I flat out liked them. In one case, loved them.

Kate is wearing a flowing, filmy number by Ridley London. While I am not overly fond of the enormous dust ruffle decorating the hem, the fabric itself is lovely, and looks like it would be cool and delightful to wear. The whole thing flows.

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Victoria’s entries into the flowing field have been extremely problematic for me, mostly because I love how she looks in solid sheaths. This print silk midi by H&M is both a flattering spring (it was still spring at that point) color, and the flow of the dress works with her figure.

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Leti’s silk dress by Sandro isn’t her usual, but it is certainly flattering. I really like this on her, probably due to the boldness of the pattern and the surprisingly slim silhouette for something so unstructured. Now, would this work on someone less fit and slender than the Queen? Possibly not. Maybe my love for the blue ombre shoes is skewing my perception of the whole thing.

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I am not entirely sure why I love Madeleine’s polka dot midi. It has a handkerchief hem which usually drives me mad, and gathered puffed sleeves which set me on edge, but it just works for her. Maybe it’s her height, maybe it’s the freshness of the unexpected color combination, but whatever it is I find this just a delight. (All photos of Madeleine Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court ).

Just a note…we will have an ROGBIV that focuses on florals, so if you are going to post your own favorite print, make sure to keep something in reserve for that feature.

How does this trend sit with you?
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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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