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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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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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St. Patrick’s Day Parade with The Irish Guards

It has quickly become one of the most anticipated events on the royal calendar. Shall we take a look at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade? I think so. And don’t forget about the slideshows!

As he has for the past six years, Domhnall the Irish Wolfhound (who joined the Guards in 2013) led 350 of his fellow soldiers in the St. Patrick’s Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow. 

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“Domhnall’s role is very monumental”, said Aidan Cathcart, Domhnall’s former handler and the regiment’s former drummer, in a 2018 BBC interview. “He is the first guy on the parade, the main guy on the march. It’s a pretty important day for him.” When asked if Domhnall gets nervous during his big day Cathcart said, “He takes it all in his stride.”

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Domhnall receiving his sprig of shamrocks.

Many feel this will be Domhnall’s last parade, as he is nearly seven and beginning to slow down. Hopefully he’ll be able to retire soon, maybe even after training a replacement to take over such an important role. 

Hmm? What? Oh, yeah. Will and Kate were there too. She wore a green, military-styled jacket by McQueen, with a very jaunty little percher. I quite like it. Will as always wore his “Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me – Come to Mama” Irish Guards uniform.

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