Today’s Jubilee River Pageant honoring Queen Elizabeth was amazing to behold.
The guest of honor was resplendent in a creation from her favorite designer, Angela Kelly. According to a Palace news release the fabric was a boucle embroidered with gold, silver and ivory and adorned with Swarovski crystals, all done specifically to reflect the River Thames. The Queen’s hat was done in the same fabric with matching embellishments, she looked absolutely lovely.
Royals arrived at Chelsea Pier to board the royal barge, William in his RAF uniform, Harry wore his Household Cavalry uniform.
Kate was in her go-to designer for major events, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The bespoke style incorporated multiple McQueen design elements, resembling this dress from the McQueen pre-fall 2011 collection most closely.
Sleeves were added to the wool crepe frock, the hemline was lowered and the neckline altered to one more like a standard boatneck, possibly a nod to the occasion itself. The version of the dress shown above originally sold for $2045 in the US.
Our thanks to WKW Facebook friends Margaret and Ashley Margot, along with Kate Middleton Style blog for identifying the dress so quickly. Carly at KMSB also remembered it was previously worn by Tulisa of the UK’s X Factor. Others pointed out it was also worn by Kim Kardashian, click here for the Grazia story with those photos.
Here we see Her Majesty with Kate aboard the barge.
Kate wore a new brooch in the shape of two dolphins, a wedding gift from the RN Submarine Service, William is Commodore in Chief of that unit. She carried a modified version of the McQueen Classic Skull Clutch with Bow, along with a scarf crafted of Strathearn tartan, when in Scotland she and William are the Earl and Countess of Strathearn.
Many thanks to Rebecca English of the Daily Mail for enlightening us about the tartan, and Michelle for letting us know about the bag. The bag’s modification involved removal of the skull, it was replaced by three large rhinestones.
Kate’s hat was by Sylvia Fletcher for John Lock and Company.
We saw the return of Kate’s Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings and LK Bennett Sledge pumps.
Initially the inclement weather did not appear to impact spirits of those watching from the riverbanks.
Everywhere you looked it was a sea of patriotic flags. Below, City Cruises passes under the Westminster Bridge.
Here we see the Pageant reaching Tower Bridge, with the HMS Belfast in the forefront.
And another view.
The Queen never sat down for the duration of the Pageant, more than three hours.
Unfortunately the weather worsened as the afternoon went on, forcing the cancellation of several highly anticipated Pageant elements, including military fly-overs.
But the event was an enormous success despite the weather, this tweet from royal commentator Rafe Heydel-Mankoo summed things up nicely.
What others wore:
- Princess Eugenie wore a coral Roland Mouret dress, LK Bennett shoes, Anya Hindmarch bag,a black and coral Stephen Jones hat, and a Moschino cardigan
- Princess Beatrice was in a navy coat by Marni, silver and navy dress by Suzannah, Russell & Bromley silver tip shoes, a Le Meresca bag in pink, her hat is by Stephen Jones
Our thanks to Richard Palmer of the Express for that information.
Links for more watching, reading and viewing:
- The Daily Mail’s story is loaded with photos
- MSN has a slide show of the young royals at the Pageant
- CNN’s Diamond Jubilee page has photos and video coverage
- ITV’s story is here
- The BBC story is here(it is excellent, more than 5 minutes long
Following a very public party outside the Palace, where artists including Sir Paul McCartney and Kylie Minogue will perform at the Diamond Jubilee concert, the young royals will entertain pop and rock stars at an intimate ‘after party’ to personally thank them for their contribution to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will then welcome many of the performers to a party at Buckingham Palace, with the guest list expected to include Sir Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Cheryl Cole, Dame Shirley Bassey, Annie Lennox and Sir Elton John.
According to the story the Queen asked the younger set to hold the function, hosts include William & Kate, Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, along with Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall.
Kate looked very pretty in the red ensemble, but it was the Queen’s day and she shone despite the torrential rain and cold winds.