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A Royal Round Up – Fashion Hits from the Jubilee Celebrations!
This week has literally taken my breath away! I touched down from Boston and the Jubilee celebrations were upon us here in the UK. From the organization, to the amazing visual spectacles to the individual street parties and the Beacon lighting’s around the UK and The Commonwealth – I’m sure you will all agree – My goodness did it make me feel proud to be British! I like to think I’m a strong, emotionally strong woman – but the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace turned me into a blubbering mess blowing into my Union Jack hankie!! I know that I’m not alone and I feel that if you are a fan of the Monarchy or not, this type of deep routed Patriotism was what this country so desperately needed. We are all fully aware of the economic crisis the UK and many other countries in the EU and around the world are in But this show of British grit and ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ attitude, alongside the magnitude and historical poignancy, made for a red hot poker to the British belief in themselves and what we stand for as a nation. I personally am incredibly proud of the Monarchy, the strength and resilience of Her Majesty, The Queen of England and the new generation of Royals. The speech by Prince Charles to his ‘Mummy’ at the end of the concert was so heartfelt, professional and downright moving! I actually stood up and saluted the TV with a roaring Bravo!
I was also particularly taken by all the fashion trends and statements made by the Royals over the Jubilee Celebrations and indeed, the lead up to it! Kate, as per usual, displayed outstanding taste and style choices ( which we have come to almost expect) but I was also highly impressed by The Duchess of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth herself!
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Queen Elizabeth looked stylish, classic and beautifully put together for the entire Jubilee Celebrations. I particularly loved her gold outfit at The Buckingham Palace Concert (gold lame and lace Swarovski- crystal embellished Angela Kelly dress) and her Beautiful cape that she wore to make her entrance into the Royal Box.
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*( Image Credits and thanks to Anthony Devlin/PA – Source bbc.co.uk )
In the lead up to the celebrations, Charlene of Monaco wowed in a beautiful,pale peach Dior dress with a chiffon overlay and a hairstyle that was a throw back to the 1920′s. This look would be great to replicate for any of our Brides-to-be – soft and VERY elegant!
I also LOVED the cream coat and lace trimmed dress worn by Lord Frederick Windsor’s wife, Sophie Winkleman, when they arrived at St Pauls for The Queens Thanksgiving Service. And the shoes …. I want them!
*( Image credit and thanks to OPTIC-EBDB – source dailymail.com )
The Duchess of Cornwall really outdid herself on the Fashion stakes – I was literally bowled over (pardon the dreadful pun!) She wore one of my favourite Bridal and Fashion designers’ ( Bruce Oldfield) Coat design to the Queens Thanksgiving Service and topped the look off with a Phillip Treacy statement hat design in blush. He is not only Camilla’s favourite Milliner but mine also – pure creative genius and quality.
*( Image credits and thanks DS: Source dailymail.com )
I also found delight in The Duchess of Cornwall’s fashion choice on Day 2 of the Jubilee celebrations – Boat Pageant on the Thames. She chose a cream Anna Valentine coat dress and think this a perfect look for any Mother-of-the-bride to replicate this Summer
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My absolute favourite fashion choice from the entire Jubilee celebrations was made by The Duchess of Cambridge. She wore the most stunning lace Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton design in blush ( so on trend ) coupled with a fabulous Jane Taylor hat and nude LK Bennett platform court shoes. LK Bennett are my FAVOURITE store when I’m in the UK and have been a fan for over 10 years. Watch out US readers – they have already got stores and concessions on the East Coast and Atlanta and I keep pleading with my local store Manager to bring them to Newbury Street in Boston .. watch this space (fingers crossed x) I actually have the shoes Kate is wearing in 5 (yes 5) different colours!
*( image credit,source and thanks ibtimes.com )
I think that this design by Sarah Burton could be copied for some of our ‘alternative’ Brides – perfect to show of your curves and look elegant at the same time. I wore Valentino for my second wedding in this colour and I think the lace detail just gives that throw back vintage vibe – divine!
I could go on and on about the fashion, the fun, the pride and all the things that I loved about The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. But I think we must take a minute to feel very thankful to be alive for such a momentous occasion. I can’t remember who said this but there aren’t many people who are in the same job for 60 years, let alone having to do the job that is being The Queen of England!!!! So my final image is of a woman I am also so very, very grateful for – my Mum! She was once an opera singer and was part of the ‘English Opera Group’, based in Covent Garden. She attended the Guild Hall School of music and has her name in gold leaf at The Barbican as she won the Gold Medal in 1965 – such an achievement. I salute you Mum and I think it is fitting to show 2 women I admire so much – and hope to give inspiration to all our readers. Follow your dreams and always believe in yourself – God Save The Queen! (And my wonderful Mum x)