Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Fashion: Royal Procession Through London

Queen Elizabeth II waves as she departs St. Paul's Cathedral
June 5, 2012 Thanksgiving Service
Photo Source: Grazia Daily
by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Last night, I imagined the Queen's processional gown hanging on a hook in her bedroom, awaiting her morning fitting. As I fell asleep, Her Royal Majesty’s attire remained a mystery, the revelation of which I eagerly anticipated waking up to on this day's celebrations, beginning with a Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and ending with the pinnacle event: Her Royal Majesty's procession through the City of London in an open carriage.

At the writing of this post the merrymaking is long over, having passed while I dreamed of diamond tiaras and a happy Queen waving to her beloved people. For now, it is my job to capture my view of her beautiful outfit and the jewelry she wore.

What a beautiful picture Her Royal Majesty painted in her mint green tulle dress, embellished with dainty embroidered star-shaped flowers and silver thread. A stunning design by Angela Kelly, the dress features a mint chiffon scarf, sprinkled with Swarovski crystals, which elegantly cascades off her shoulders. Her smart hat echoes the same design as the dress, complete with star-shaped flowers, silver embroidery, and Swarovski crystals dusting the mint chiffon accent.

Upon her departure from the service, she paints a signature picture with her stately wave, her practical black purse and shoes, her beautiful pearl necklace and pearl-and-diamond button earrings, and the magnificent Cullinan III and IV brooch. She received the necklace, a triple strand of white pearls, in 1935 as a gift from her grandfather, King George V, during his Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary as monarch).

The Cullinan diamonds are by far among the most famous in the world. Cut from one astonishing diamond weighing in at 3,106 carats (1-1/3 pounds), the Cullinan IV diamond serves as the upper portion of this fantastic brooch. Weighing in at 63.60 carats, this cushion cut diamond was originally mounted in Queen Mary’s crown and was designed to be taken out and used to form this brooch with its sister, the Cullinan III diamond. The Cullinan III and IV are referred to as "Granny's Chips," and this brooch was passed on to HRM Elizabeth II by her grandmother, Queen Mary of Teck, in 1953.

With a hefty weight of 94.40 carats, the Cullinan III diamond is the pear-shaped drop diamond forming the lower portion of the brooch worn by Her Royal Majesty for today’s Diamond Jubilee festivities. When this brooch lies in state in the Tower of London, it serves as the finial piece in Queen Mary’s Crown. These two diamonds can also be worn together in similar fashion as a pendant.

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3. Marilyn's Royal Blog. "Question: The Queen's Pearls." Posted May 09, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2012. http://marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/question-queens-pearls.html.
4. Vince, Jessica. "Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen Dress and Jane Taylor Hat for Jubilee Service." Grazia Daily, June 5, 2012. Accessed June 5, 2012. http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/fashion/archive/2012/06/05/royal-repeats--kate-middleton-wears-alexander-mcqueen--the-queen-wears-angela-ke.htm.
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