Royals get it right for Jubilee finale, from fashion to flypast
Another Diamond Jubilee isn't coming by anytime soon -- likely not in anyone's current lifetime anyway -- so you want to get it right when the opportunity arises.
The Brits got it right on Tuesday, the grand finale of four days of celebrations. Day 1 was for the horsey set with grand hat ambitions (Royal Ascot). Day 2 fed the appetites of sailors and pageant-lovers with the giant flotilla. (Or those with sadistic streak, enjoying the sight of a an 85-year-old and 90-year-old standing for hours on end in the rain and chill). Day 3, with its Palace concert, was for the young, or young at heart (how old is Paul McCartney anyway? 70 next week!?)
But Day 4 ... well, this was where the Queen knows how the shine. Nice church service, a procession to the Palace, the homage from the balcony, the stirring flypast by the RCAF RAF. This is familiar Queen territory, and she knows how to do it right. (Even with the added twist of a televised thank-you -- see below.)
Even without Prince Philip -- grumpy about a hospital stay for a bladder infection -- the Queen was flawless in her presentation, maintaining a cheerful manner on a day where her subjects so clearly wanted to, well, cheer.
Of course, nothing goes right if the dress isn't. And this is one day where all the women of the Royal Family were perfectly choreographed with the right hues, the right hat, the right fit -- all starting with the Queen.
Mint green was her colour, a departure for her, but it seemed to send the right message. Her in-house designer, Angela Kelly, who produced the outfit. Not to be missed were the Swarovski crystals that strategically placed, as they were during the river Thames pageant. The Queen's touch of history came in the form of the brooch -- two diamonds cut from the Cullinan diamond, totalling almost 158 carats. It was an inheritance from her grandmother Queen Mary.
As for the rest of the Royal Family ....
Kate: The Duchess of Cambridge continued her Alexander McQueen theme -- it's her third outfit from McQueen in the last four days. The lace dress was complemented by a Jane Taylor hat (about $550) and a Pink clutch bag from Prada. LK Bennett shoes complete the
Camilla (right): Okay, maybe the hat was a bit over the top, but so are many Philip Treacy creations. She overcame that with a smart, Bruce Oldfield coat.
Prince Andrew's daughters have been known to go out on a fashion limb on occasion. But they also known when to tone it down and melt into the background. Eugenie, left, kept it conservative with a purple satin dress from the London dress shop Suzannah. Beatrice wore a Kinder Blue coatdress, and shoes by Gina. Both princesses donned berets from Stephen Jones.
The most interesting thing about the Countess of Wessex (Edward's wife) and Zara Phillips (Princess Anne's daughter) outfits ould be their hats. Zara wore a hat designed by Karen Henriksen, Sophie one from Jane Taylor. Zara was a surprise show, since it was reported she wouldn't be able to make it as she chases a spot on the British Olympic equestrian team. As for Zara' hubby Mike Tindall, lets just say he was caught in an awkward pose with a soldier's helmet plume framed behind his head.
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