31 March 2012

Random Royal Appreciation: The Windsors Pay Tribute

A service of thanksgiving was held yesterday to celebrate the lives of the Queen Mother (who died on March 30, 2002) and Princess Margaret (who died just a few weeks earlier, on February 9). Naturally, there was a big royal turnout, and everybody wore pretty much their usual fare - precisely as you would expect for an event like this, which is about fashion last.

Queen Elizabeth
As expected, Queen Elizabeth wore one of her mother's brooches - a diamond and pearl shell brooch that was a favorite in the Queen Mum's later years and has now become a favorite all over again.

Princess Michael of Kent, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex
As expected, Princess Michael wore a big hat, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a better one, and the Countess of Wessex wore one with an explosion of feathers (which surely the Queen Mother, prone to feathery explosions of her own, would have appreciated).

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice of York
The York sisters got it almost right, just missing a secure hat fastening (Eug) and the right jacket (Bea). (And maybe also the right hat.)

Lady Sarah Chatto; Viscount Linley, Arthur Chatto, Charles Armstrong-Jones, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Samuel Chatto
Lady Sarah was elegant as always, and the kids were much more grown up than you thought you remembered them to be (as always).

Prince Harry of Wales and the Princess Royal
If anything, Princess Anne was the one who came closest to surprising (and even then, not really) with her ever-so-slightly Yorkish hat tilt.

And speaking of Anne: she's a grandmother once again! Peter and Autumn Phillips welcomed daughter Isla Elizabeth (a jubilee baby indeed) on March 29th. Isla and big sister Savannah Phillips, born just over a year ago, are Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh's first great-grandchildren. The announcement yesterday was a lovely note to a day devoted to remembering another Elizabeth.

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