The Queen’s annual royal residence in Edinburgh this week brought us lots of sparkling royal events and jewels! We’ve already covered two of her appearances (the Ceremony of the Keys and the Loyalty Parade), and today, we’ve got a roundup of some of the best of the rest of Holyrood Week.
On Wednesday, the Queen received Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, for an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
She also had a meeting with Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
For the audiences, the Queen wore a floral dress in shades of white, purple, and blue. She accessorized with diamond and pearl earrings, her three-stranded pearl necklace, and the Pearl Trefoil Brooch.
On the same day, members of the royal family attended a garden party on the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Duke of Rothesay (which is the Prince of Wales’s Scottish title) was joined by the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and the Earl and Countess of Forfar (which is the Scottish title of the Earl and Countess of Wessex).
The Duke was impeccably dressed as always. I couldn’t get a super close look at his tie pin, but it’s a royal monogram topped by a crown. I think it might feature the initials of either George V or George VI.
Princess Anne was lovely in a teal dress and a silver jacket with a hat made in different neutral shades. She wore pearl and diamond earrings, an interesting necklace that appears to feature both black and white pearl pendants, and a diamond and gold badge.
The Earl of Forfar wore a tie pin with a royal monogram as well. I think this is his King George VI pin.
And the Countess of Forfar wore light pink with a lovely picture hat.
She accessorized with her diamond scroll earrings from Collins & Sons, which we’ve seen her reach for several times recently. She also wore her lovely diamond rose brooch.
On Thursday, the Duke of Rothesay and the Princess Royal attended the annual service of the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.
Both Charles and Anne carried off the robes and insignia of the order with aplomb.
With her robes, Princess Anne wore her modern pearl, diamond, and gold earrings from Andrew Grima. (This is just the stud portion of the earring, which also features a removable pendant.) She also wore a multi-stranded pearl necklace.
On Thursday, the Queen made her final appearance of this year’s Holyrood Week, attending the Reddendo Parade of the Royal Company of Archers in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
A “reddendo” is the delineation of a specific duty to a superior, which is appropriate: the Royal Company of Archers is also known as the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland. The Queen was joined by the Duke of Rothesay for the parade.
She wore a lovely tweed ensemble in a shade of periwinkle blue, with a matching hat, and carried her walking stick.
Also of note: the man in uniform behind HM is the Duke of Buccleuch, a Scottish peer who has strong connections to the royal family. As a teenager, he was a Page of Honour to the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret was one of his godparents. He’s also a great-nephew of the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester (who was a daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch), the Queen’s aunt by marriage.
Here’s another look at the Queen’s ensemble for the parade. She accessorized with her diamond and pearl earrings and three-stranded pearl necklace, plus the two small Nizam of Hyderabad Rose Brooches.
The brooches were originally part of the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, a jewel made by Cartier that was given to the Queen as a wedding present in 1947. When the tiara was dismantled, the three brooches were retained. The Queen generally wears the smaller brooches together as a pair, as she did for Thursday’s parade. In February, she wore the pair for a reception at Sandringham celebrating the 70th anniversary of her reign.