14 June 2016

Royal Ascot Jewels 2016: Day 1

Royal Ascot, Day 1 (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Hat Christmas, everybody! Here's a look at the jewelry (and chapeaux) we saw on display from the royals on the first day of Royal Ascot.


Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Queen wore one of her very favorite brooches: the gold and diamond Frosted Sunflower (or Dahlia) Brooch.


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The Duchess of Cornwall also picked a favorite piece from her jewelry box: the five-stranded pearl necklace with the grand diamond and pink topaz clasp. She paired the necklace with her diamond and pearl drop earrings.


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The Princess Royal wore a lovely neutral coat with golden jewels (plus a pearl necklace and a badge from the Jockey Club). Here's a closer look at her brooch/earring set:


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Both pieces feature ribbon-like gold motifs and cabochon gemstones (possibly sapphires). The star-shaped brooch has diamond points, while the earrings have pearl drops.


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The Countess of Wessex wore her Dior earrings and brooch. Both pieces are made of resin beads and crystals.


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She also wore a gold bangle bracelet from the Tiffany T collection on her right wrist.


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Princess Beatrice was the only York sister in attendance; she wore a stack of delicate chain bracelets on her right wrist. Her hat also looks to be embellished with constellation-esque rhinestones.


Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Prince Philip even accessorized with a gold tie pin in the shape of an anchor. (You can also see a blurry image of the Duchess of Gloucester behind him.)


Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Here's a less-blurry image of Birgitte. She's wearing rather glam jewels for daytime: a pearl necklace, ruby and diamond drop earrings, a diamond floral brooch that features ruby, sapphire, and emerald stones, and a pair of ruby and diamond clips to fasten her jacket.


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And even Prince Harry got on the accessory train, wearing a pair of beaded bracelets on his right wrist.


Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Two aristocratic ladies also rode in the Queen's carriage procession. Above, Viscountess Petersham wears diamond and pearl drop earrings, plus a diamond star brooch. (Trivia: Lady Petersham is married to Viscountess Linley's brother.)


Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

And the Duchess of Argyll wore small stud earrings with a four-stranded pearl necklace with a round diamond clasp, very similar to one from the Duchess of Cornwall's collection.