17 June 2017

Trooping the Colour Jewels 2017

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It's time again for the Queen's very merry unbirthday party, everyone! For the sovereign's official birthday parade and the Trooping the Colour exercises at Horseguards Parade, we've got plenty of jewels on display.




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The Queen rode with the Duke of Edinburgh in a carriage in the parade down the Mall. Another sign of Prince Philip's retirement (and the need for a greater level of comfort at his age): he's swapped out the heavy, hot military dress uniform, with its enormous bearskin, for morning dress. The Duke of Kent also wore morning dress this year.


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The Queen wore the same brooch that she's worn at nearly every Trooping the Colour: the Guards Brooch. (Read more about the piece over here!) The coat and hat are recent repeats, worn at a Buckingham Palace garden party less than a month ago.


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In the next carriage: the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry. Camilla wore her usual diamond and pearl earrings with her diamond-encrusted clover brooches.


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Kate went for some major daytime sparkle with her jewelry, wearing diamond earrings on loan from the Queen with her Alexander McQueen ensemble. (Here's more about those earrings!)


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Harry dressed in uniform, as usual.


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Both York sisters were in attendance, riding in a carriage with the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, but typically, neither sister wore any major jewelry. Here's a look at Princess Beatrice's outfit...


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...and here's Princess Eugenie, who wore some delicate silver-toned bracelets.


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Edward (as usual) attended the parade in uniform, while Andrew (also as usual) wore morning dress. The other Wessexes -- Sophie, Louise, and James -- weren't present for today's festivities.


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The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge both rode in the procession; here's a look at father and son in their military regalia.


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The Princess Royal also rode in the parade.


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For the annual balcony appearance during the military flypast, the main line of the royals gathered together toward the middle, with the other branches of the family on either side. Peter and Autumn Phillips attended with their daughters, Savannah and Isla. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were there with their daughter, Lady Gabriella Windsor, their son, Lord Frederick Windsor, and his wife, the actress Sophie Winkleman. The Duke of Kent's family was in attendance as well, including Lady Helen Taylor's children. Princess Alexandra's family was there, too. (If/when I have a picture of the fuller balcony that I can share with you, I'll add it to the post! I've seen images -- so no need to send or link any -- but I don't have any yet that I have the rights to use.)


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But, of course, two of the littlest Windsors, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were the stars of the balcony appearance -- even though George was less than impressed with the show!