The second coronation garden party of the season took place today at Buckingham Palace in London, and both the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Edinburgh sparkled in gorgeous blue gemstones for the occasion.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Buckingham Palace for a garden party on Tuesday afternoon, with the royal men in dapper morning dress and the ladies in coordinating shades of blue.
The royals chatted with guests in the palace gardens. Buckingham Palace notes that a whopping 8,000 guests were invited to Tuesday’s party “in recognition of their public service, charity work, or for making a positive impact in their community.” Here, Prince William meets with 93-year-old Elizabeth Watts.
William chose a gray waistcoat and blue tie for Tuesday’s garden party.
He secured his tie with a small gold tie pin featuring a royal cypher topped with a crown. I think it’s the same pin he’s worn often for these sorts of occasions, perhaps featuring the monogram of either George V or George VI.
Princess Catherine brought back a favorite Elie Saab dress for the garden party, worn with a coordinating hat from Philip Treacy and silver accessories.
Kate previously wore the dress at Royal Ascot back in June 2019.
On that occasion, she accessorized with diamond and blue topaz earrings from Kiki McDonough.
The more things change, the more they stay the same: for Tuesday’s garden party, she chose a different pair of blue topaz earrings from her Kiki collection to go with the dress.
These are the “Lola” earrings from Kiki McDonough, featuring large circle pendants set with diamonds and blue topazes.
Kate has had the Lola earrings in her jewelry box for more than a decade. She debuted the earrings during the Olympic summer of 2012, wearing them for a pair of appearances in London that July.
She also wore the Lola earrings for the Royal Variety Performance in November 2014.
Here’s one more look at the way she styled the dress, hat, and earrings for the coronation garden party. She also, of course, wore her engagement, wedding, and eternity rings.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh also looked elegant for the garden party, the second they’ve attended in as many weeks.
Sophie’s dress is also a recent Royal Ascot repeat: she wore it at the races last year in June 2022.
On that occasion, she wore the dress with her blue gemstone floral earrings and her spectacular aquamarine, diamond, and enamel brooch.
For the garden party on Tuesday, Sophie repeated the blue floral earrings (part of her extensive collection of jewels set with blue gems) but left the brooch at home. I miss the brooch!
The new Duke of Edinburgh looked princely in his suit as well. Wish we had a better look at that tie pin!
The Princess Royal was also milling about the grounds during the garden party, chatting with guests. She wore a brown and tan ensemble that she’s worn on multiple occasions throughout the years. She is the royal fashion recycling queen after all!
Anne accessorized with the three-row pearl necklace that many believe was left to her by her mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II. (We had more evidence last Friday that the two necklaces are one and the same.) Anne also wore one of her very favorite pairs of earrings from her personal collection: modern gold, diamond, and pearl earrings made by Andrew Grima.
The earrings have been mainstays in Anne’s collection for more than half a century. Here, she wears them during the 1970 royal tour of Australia.
The earrings also have an optional pendant section, which Anne never really wears anymore. Here, almost 50 years ago, Anne wears the complete earring for one of her engagement portraits in November 1973.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were on hand for the party, too. Here’s the Duke, looking dapper in his top hat.
And here’s the Duchess, elegant as always. Birgitte wore diamond floral earrings for the party, paired with a pearl choker necklace that has a gorgeous diamond and pearl floral clasp.