20 June 2017

Royal Ascot 2017 Jewels (Day One)

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And we're off! The races have begun at the 2017 Royal Ascot meet, and the royals were there wearing their best racing finery. Here's a look at the jewels we saw on both the royal ladies and gentlemen today.




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With a lime green coat and hat, the Queen chose to wear a brooch we've seen a lot from her lately: the Peranakan-style Birds of Paradise Brooch. Once again, the brooch proves very difficult to photograph in daylight!


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HM most recently wore this brooch at another major racing event: the Epsom Derby. You can read more about the brooch here; it was a Diamond Jubilee gift from Singapore.


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One of the best things about morning dress for gentlemen? Tie pins! The Duke of Edinburgh secured his tie with one of his favorite anchor-shaped pins -- perfect for someone who served heroically in the navy.


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The Duchess of Cornwall wore white for the first day of this year's races, accessorizing with her five-stranded pearl necklace with the large diamond and pink topaz cluster clasp, plus diamond and pearl earrings.


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The Prince of Wales wore a tie pin that we've seen him wear before; intriguingly, it features the cypher of Tsar Boris III of Bulgaria.


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Here's a look at Charles and Camilla's complete ensembles. Charles appears to be wearing a pocket watch chain on his vest, and you can see delicate bracelets on Camilla's left wrist.


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Like her Camilla, the Duchess of Cambridge also selected a white ensemble for the event. She chose the Bahrain Pearl Earrings to coordinate with her hat and lace dress.


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The earrings are on long-term loan from the Queen. They were made using pearls given to HM as a wedding present by Bahrain in 1947.


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In this closer-up, you get a good view of the distinctive baguette diamonds in the earrings.


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Kate's dress was made by one of her favorite designers, Alexander McQueen.


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Like his father, the Duke of Cambridge wears a tie pin featuring a royal cypher, but it's tough to make out the monogram. I think either George V or George VI? (Please advise in the comments if you know.)


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The Countess of Wessex paired a carved jade pendant necklace with silver and orange-toned earrings for the first day of the races.


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The jewels coordinated with her elegant green dress, made by Emilia Wickstead.


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The Earl of Wessex also wore a tie pin with a gem-set royal cypher, but photo angles made it impossible to discern the monogram.


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No surprises here -- no major jewelry for Princess Beatrice of York, though her outfit was heavily embroidered.


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Her sister, Princess Eugenie of York, wore extremely minimal jewelry with her black-and-white ensemble.


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Here's a look at the delicate bracelets (one with an "E" charm) and rings worn by Eugenie today.


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And here's a better look at the complete outfits worn by both princesses.


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None of the photos I have of the Duke of York allow us to adequately assess his tie pin situation, sadly. (He's hidden behind Camilla here.)


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The Princess Royal didn't ride in the carriage procession, so it was a little difficult to spot her in the crowd, but here she is, wearing pearls!


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Zara Tindall wore fairly simple earrings from her own jewelry line (which you can read about over here) with an imposing blue and white chapeau.


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Mike Tindall wore a tie pin that is (I believe) in the shape of a steering wheel, which is, well, an interesting choice.


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Princess Anne's daughter-in-law, Autumn Phillips, wore sparkling diamond stud earrings for the occasion.


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Here's a look at her entire blue-and-white ensemble. Peter Phillips went sans tie pin for the day.


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Also in attendance on Day 1: Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Marie-Christine likes big, statement-making pieces of jewelry, like this double-stranded pearl necklace and coordinating, oversized pearl button earrings.


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Prince Michael's tie pin appears to be set with a dark blue cabochon gemstone.


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And here's a better look at both of the Michaels. I spy a large cocktail ring on Marie-Christine's right hand.