Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing the introduction and background research for the posts on Queen Elizabeth featured in this “Monday Multiples” series.

Jimbo’s Introduction: As a part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a river pageant was held in Queen Elizabeth’s honor.  Only once before in British history was a Royal able to achieve such a noteworthy feat, that being Her Majesty’s great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted 63½ years. The white coat and hat stood out against the barge’s red upholstered furniture, and the various red and black uniforms.  Even her shawl’s edges matched the ensemble. Three years later, Her Majesty traveled to Berlin, where SIX hats were debuted!  Among them was a bright white straw hat with a large central bow made of the same material as the dress, replacing the Diamond Jubilee hat. By happy coincidence, this ensemble was also worn for a boat ride, this time on the Spree River.

Look #1: White fabric covered hat with pleated silk oblique brim trimmed with bejeweled gold, silver and bronze feathers worn June 3, 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant.

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Look #2: White straw hat with pork pie shaped flared crown and flat, kettle edged brim with prim bow worn June 24, 2015 in Germany

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Which hat do you prefer most with this coat?

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York Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday morning in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Princess Beatrice wore an gown of  ivory peau de soie taffeta with silver and diamanté motif beaded on the bodice and upper ballgown skirt made by legendary designer Norman Hartnell in the earlier 1960s. Silk puffed sleeves were added by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly and fashion designer Stewart Parvin, who also replaced the gown’s balloon hem with a wide stripe of duchesse satin for a sleeker silhouette (and, I suspect, to make the gown long enough for Princess Beatrice, who is taller than her grandmother). It was reported that these adjustments were all reversible.

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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What a lovely photo! Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi posted this on his social media account. So happy for them! Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi released photos from their wedding yesterday and today as a thank you for the well wishes. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Beatrice topped the dress with an ivory silk veil, anchored with Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara. Also borrowed from her grandmother, the fringed tiara was also worn for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 and Princess Anne’s in 1973. The tiara choice was a surprise but its linear lines echoed the beading on the vintage gown and the pieces paired beautifully together. The warm tone of ivory is exquisite with Beatrice’s colouring and auburn hair and the personal connection to her grandmother through the dress- no doubt, a choice the Queen was actively involved in- is charming and sentimental and all kinds of perfect.

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More photos were released today as a thank you for the well wishes they received following their marriage. They were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday, 17th July. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen; she even wore the tiara on her own wedding day in 1947. Love the special touch Beatrice did for her Granny. As some pointed out, this will most likely be the last royal wedding of their grandchildren The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will ever attend. So I thought it was wonderful that Beatrice wore her dress and tiara on her special day. Congratulations to the happy couple! So glad they got to have a special day with close family. #PrincessBeatrice #EdoardoMapelliMozzi #BeatriceAndEdoardo #RoyalWedding #TheQueen #DukeOfEdinburgh #KateMiddleton #PrinceWilliam #WillAndKate #PrinceGeorge #PrincessCharlotte #PrinceLouis #TheCambridges #DukeOfCambridge #DuchessOfCambridge #TheDukeAndDuchessOfCambridge #FuturePrinceAndPrincessOfWales #FutureWalesFamily #FutureKing #FutureQueen #FutureMonarchs #BritishRoyalFamily #BritishRoyals #BRF #RoyalNews #News #RoyalEngagement

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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with the closest family. . The happy couple and pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler #PrincessBeatrice #PrincessBeatriceofYork #BritishRoyalty #BritishMonarchy #RoyalWedding

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Guests were limited to immediate family only- the only hat we’ve seen was the pale aqua wool crêpe covered design with pink straw flowers worn by the Queen. 

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Like many couples, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding plans were impacted by the pandemic. I’m sure you join me in wishing them the very best for the future.

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Queen Knights Centenarian Captain

Queen Elizabeth was all smiles today, welcoming 100-year-old veteran (and NHS fundraising hero) Captain Tom Moore to Windsor castle for an outdoor investiture to confer the Honour of Knighthood upon him. For this, and a family wedding earlier in the day, she wore a summery new hat.

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The straw hat, covered in the same pale aqua wool crêpe as her coat, follows the shape of Angela Kelly’s split crown hats with a slightly upturned bound brim. The hat is trimmed with a wide ruched hatband, pale grey arrow cut feathers and hand rolled pink straw flowers and curling green leaves on the side. 

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It’s a good hat- the colour is lovely on Her Majesty and the floral trim, which links well with her dress adds lift and brightness to the piece. Seeing the darker green straw leaves from side view helps them make sense- not only do they link with the dress pattern, they give great movement to the hat. My only quibble is the brim pinch on the side, which makes the brim shape a little awkward and wasn’t necessary in a design that has enough other things going on.

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Designer: Angela Kelly, made by Stella McLaren
Previously Worn: This hat is new

The Queen was overheard telling Captain Moore that she had attended her granddaughter’s wedding earlier this morning; Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in a small, private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints which is opposite Royal Lodge, close to Windsor Castle. Buckingham Palace will release photos tomorrow but the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were photographed traveling to the wedding, Queen Elizabeth wearing this hat.

I think this hat is a great choice for both a granddaughter’s wedding and a garden investiture- what do you think of it?

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Trooping The Colour 2020

Queen Elizabeth marked her official birthday on the quadrangle of Windsor Castle today with a ceremony that saw the Welsh Guards troop their colour.

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For this event, the Queen repeated repeated her muted jade straw hat with straight-sided, domed top crown and short cartwheel brim, trimmed with a straw twist studded with silk flowers and leaves.

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It’s a hat we’re all familiar with and can easily admire- the mixture of textures between the hat and silk cloque coat combine so well and the ensemble’s lovely colour stands out well amidst uniforms and castle stone. We last saw this hat seven months ago at the opening of Parliament and I can’t help wonder if Her Majesty’s choice to wear it again today was partly based in fostering a larger sense of continuity and calm during what has been a difficult time. Or maybe she just felt like wearing green today.

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Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Previously Worn: Dec 19, 2019; June 3, 2019May 22, 2019May 15, 2018June 23, 2017

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It’s certainly wonderful to see the Queen again and I know you all join me in celebrating her 94th birthday. Enjoy the full ceremony.

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Monday Multiples: Queen Elizabeth

Thanks to Jimbo for providing background research for Queen Elizabeth’s hats featured in this “Monday Multiples” series.

During the early 1980s, Queen Elizabeth paired a blue and green printed dress with three unique hats. Interestingly, each pairing appeared on a tropical foreign tour:

Look #1: Deep green silk tam with large blue flower worn October 30, 1982 in Fiji

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Look #2: Emerald and white straw cuffed turban with draped navy silk hatband scarf October 10, 1985 in Belize

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Look #3: Dark green straw hat with white upturned halo brim and large silk flower on the back worn October 11, 1985 arriving in The Bahamas. This hat was previously worn with a green printed dress on two more tropical visits-  February 17, 1977 in Fiji and October 28, 1977 in Antigua!

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Which of these tropical pairings do you prefer most?

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