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Open Post – Commonwealth Day Service (Updated!)

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.

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.

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Today’s Photos

UPDATE: Here are some photos from today.

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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.

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Some PhD level coordination going on here – note Harry’s lining and William’s tie, matching up with their wive’s dresses.

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Style Info

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.

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BAFTAs Open Post

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are scheduled to attend the event tonight, and as we discussed on Friday, the organizers have requested participants rewear or wear sustainable fashion. Let’s see if our hopes and wishes came true for Kate – and as for William, I suspect he, too, will rewear something.

As photos become available, we’ll pop in and add them. The Duke and Duchess are typically the last to arrive, at about 6:30 p.m. local time The link below indicates the other arrivals begin at about 5:00 p.m.

Please post your own thoughts and pictures below!

Update: I wonder if I will be in the minority here in my happiness at seeing the gold and white McQueen again. Sneaky Kate fooled us all and actually repeated a tour gown. The gown was originally worn in Malaysia during the fall 2012 tour. Regal Fille’s post is here. The original OoS post is here.

Looking at this outing, it is astounding how much more polished Kate looks. She’s always been a very pretty woman, don’t get me wrong, but she has upped her game considerably in the last 7.5 years. She did a nuanced “Marying” of the gown. The sleeves are now lined, and to my eye, narrower and sleeker.

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Malaysia, 2012.

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Well, thanks to Twitter we have lightening fast identification on the necklace and earrings. New, from Van Cleef and Arpels, Magic Alhambra. Thanks to Replicate Royalty, who is a good person to follow on Twitter for these things.

Camilla also has a pair of the Alhambra earrings, the all-diamond version, which she wore to the Prince’s Trust Comedy Gala, back in 2012.

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The sparkly clutch is by Anya Hindmarch.

To complete the outfit, Jimmy Choo pumps. Thank heavens for Twitter. The royal couple isn’t in their seats yet and every aspect of the Duchess’ outfit has been identified ; ). The shoes have also been traced to Madeleine’s outing at last year’s Korean State Visit. Has there been inter-family borrowing ; )?

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Open Post – Day Two and Three of Danish Levees

Day Two

The second day of the Danish levees is held for Supreme Court judges, the Royal Guard and Regiments Officer Corps at Christian VII’s Palace. Anyone who has done any royal watching in the Dane’s general direction will recognize both these dresses. Mary is repeating her white gown from 2015 and Daisy is repeating her blue gown for the 33rd time. Now that last bit is an exaggeration, but not by much. This daytime event does not include tiaras, alas, but everyone looks good and all is right with the world on this second day of 2020.

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I morges ønskede H.M. Dronningen og Kronprinsparret godt nytår til Højesterets dommere, Den Kongelige Livgardes og Gardehusarregimentets Officerskorps i Christian VII’s Palæ på Amalienborg. I århundreder har Kongehuset og danskerne ønsket hinanden et glædeligt nytår og dermed lykke og velstand for hele riget. Oprindelsen til nutidens nytårskure og nytårstaffel fortaber sig, men allerede midt i 1600-tallet omtales begivenhederne omkring årsskiftet som en gammel skik, og grundelementerne er stadig de samme. Traditionen med nytårskure, der strækker sig over flere dage, er udviklet efter 1. verdenskrig, hvor kurene ikke længere kunne gennemføres på en og samme dag den 1. januar. Det skyldtes samfundsudviklingen; op gennem 1900-tallet voksede antallet af statsinstitutioner, der blev oprettet flere ministerier, en lang række nye lande opstod og dermed flere diplomatiske repræsentationer. 📸 Kongehuset©️

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Here they are, arriving. I think the coat works, although not quite as dramatic as the dark blue cloak from 2015.

Day Three

Day three comprises a reception for the military, patronages, and other leaders, at Christiansborg Palace. Yes, it’s the 34th outing of Daisy’s Damask ; ). It is the third outing of Mary’s Lasse Spangenberg gown, which is fine by me. The deep color and simple styling with a twist are a great foil to her coloring and figure. If you click through to the video, you can see the fine cape/gown proportions.

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Hendes Majestæt Dronningen og Kronprinsparret ønskede i dag godt nytår til omkring 900 kurgæster ved årets store nytårskur på Christiansborg Slot. Officerer fra Forsvaret og Beredsskabsstyrelsen, I., II. og III. rangklasse samt indbudte repræsentanter for større landsorganisationer og de kongelige protektioner var mødt op. Når der afholdes nytårskure i Kongehuset, forløber det over tre dage. Dagens nytårskur var årets sidste. 📸 Kongehuset©️

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