We are back with a look at the historic Annie Leibovitz photographs, some retail updates and other tidbits. The photographs have been seen by everyone, but to memorialize them in this space we share a brief overview.
The official caption accompanying the image: The photograph shows Queen Elizabeth II with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle’s semi-State apartments. The children are: James, Viscount Severn (left), 8, and Lady Louise (second left), 12, the children of The Earl and Countess of Wessex; Mia Tindall (holding The Queen’s handbag), the two year-old-daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; Savannah (third right), 5, and Isla Phillips (right), 3, daughters of The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn; Prince George (second right), 2, and in The Queen’s arms and in the tradition of Royal portraiture, the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), children of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Daily Mail has a nifty graphic identifying those in the photograph, accompanied by a brief biography of each child.
Naturally we were very interested in seeing George and Charlotte.
They looked just darling; Charlotte holding on to her little horse toy or figurine and George fidgeting with the bottom of his sweater. For all of the details on what the Princess and Prince are wearing check our sister site What Kate’s Kids Wore.
The cute, unexpected element in the picture has to be Mia Tindall holding onto the Queen’s £1000 Launer handbag.
Mia is the daughter of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. The Daily Mail reports the moment was spontaneous, there was no one directing Mia to pick up the bag for the photo. She looks simply precious, that dynamic adds to the photo’s appeal.
There were two other photos released, one showing the Queen with Princess Anne.
More about that picture from Patricia Treble’s story in Maclean’s Canada:
Though taken in the splendour of the White Drawing Room, it’s perhaps the most informal of all the pictures, with the Queen and Anne sitting together on a sofa.
As Anne, 65, has aged, the comparisons to her mother have grown. Not only does Anne look like her mother, but she shares her mum’s ferocious work ethic and steel-backed discipline. Then there’s their love of horses and the British countryside.
The third image shows HM with her beloved dogs.
Adding to the royal photo frenzy, another picture from Charlotte’s christening was released today. This one features William’s side of the family. George looks a little like he’s about to be a squirmy worm, doesn’t he?
On to the Queen’s birthday. Sunrise at Windsor Castle, where she arrived mid-morning.
Although HM’s birthday is marked with Trooping the Colour in June, April 21st is her actual birthday. The day’s celebrations ranged from military salutes to church bells pealing, choirs singing and guns firing.
— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 21, 2016
From The Express:
The pavements were packed with flag-waving, union-Jack wearing royalists all acclaiming the monarch on her milestone. Her arrival was marked by a rendition of Happy Birthday by the Band of the Coldstream Guards.
Looking happy and glorious on her 90th birthday , the Queen stood in an open royal Range Rover waving to thousands of people who had gathered in Windsor to help her celebrate.
With 94-year-old Prince Philip at her side, the world’s oldest monarch smiled broadly as the sound of Happy Birthday To You rippled out from the crowd.
Below you see HM meeting local Windsor residents who also turned 90 this year.
Prince Charles arriving at Windsor Castle this evening with the Duchess of Cornwall.
They were on hand for the lighting of a beacon in honor of the occasion, one of more than 1000 lit this evening. More from The Mirror:
There is a long and unbroken tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and birthdays in this way.
Members of the Army Cadet Force are taking beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.
— PA Royal Reporters (@PARoyal) April 21, 2016
People magazine’s Simon Perry shared this image of it glowing brightly at Windsor Castle.
Another beacon in Birmingham.
London’s BT Tower.
Marking the occasion in Shropshire.
The Houses of Parliament lit up this evening in honor of the event.
Following the beacon lighting the family moved inside for a formal dinner. Richard Palmer reported more than 30 members of the Royal Family were expected to be among 71 guests at tonight’s dinner. More from his story in The Express:
Charles, 67, hosted the birthday dinner for the Queen with a surprise concert, featuring an orchestra and several guests. They dined on poached fillet of salmon trout, followed by beef in port wine sauce, and then a passion fruit and mango gateau for dessert.
Among those guests, Kate, William, and Harry. IKON Pictures shared this image on Twitter of the trio leaving Kensington Palace for Windsor Castle. As noted in the post’s headline, we had just a glimpse of Kate.
Originally thought to be black, some of us think the dress is more of a dark green or emerald, although that debate continues on Twitter and on Facebook. We pondered whether the Duchess might be wearing a new Dolce & Gabbana frock, while some suggested other designers. Tiffany on the FB page made a good observation, she says the lace pattern looks identical to the lace used for the overlay on the Temperley Amoret gown. In glancing quickly at some of the individual floral elements Tiffany is clearly right.
I have not had time to closely compare the Amoret and Kate’s dress, that is a task for tomorrow morning. It could be a mystery we can’t resolve; no photos have been released from this evening’s dinner.
NOTE: With apologies, I should have included the following in the post last night: Neither Tiffany nor myself is suggesting Kate is wearing the Amoret gown; it is clear from the photo the Duchess is in an entirely different piece. I merely wanted to illustrate the point Tiffany was making about the lace itself.
An update on the necklace Kate was given by Bhutanese Queen Jetsun Pema. The jeweler who created the piece, Sonam Rabgye, has the necklace available online in 18K gold. From the description: “The Endless Knot necklace is an auspicious Buddhist symbol representing the harmony of wisdom and compassion.”
- The artist says her business goal is to “provide sustainable income to Bhutanese communities through Bhutanese craftsmanship.” Here are a few more photos of the piece in gold, it is also offered in sterling silver.
- Also this evening, word that LK Bennett has released Kate’s Madison dress in a new colorway, a mix of pinks and oranges. It is available on the UK/International website, priced at £325, about $460. (More about the dress in this post, scroll way down for the information about Kate wearing the piece.)
- Kate’s Eponine London Dress worn for a mentoring engagement in March will be re-issued. The company announced that their supplier for the red gingham fabric is doing a limited edition re-weave so they can make more dresses. Anyone interested in the frock should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The winner of our StyleRocks giveaway shared a photo of the beautiful Russian rings necklace she chose as her prize; the piece arrived this week. Annalee, the winner, said in her email that her necklace is “even more gorgeous than I expected! The quality is exceptional…”.
- Hearing from Annalee prompted me to do a quick reminder: the StyleRocks pieces inspired by the royal tour are limited editions. They are doing well so that finite supply is shrinking, something to consider if thinking about one for yourself or as a gift.
A reminder that Friday the Obamas are guests of William, Kate and Harry for dinner at Kensington Palace. We’ll see you then.
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- The Daily Mail’s story with brief bios on all of the children in the photo is here here; The Mirror’s piece introducing readers to the children in the photo is here
- The Telegraph offers Queen Elizabeth II at 90 in 90 Photographs