Bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, TRH’s Earl and Countess of Wessex and HRH Prince Michael of Kent attended the Fleet Review, Service of Celebration at Holy Trinity Church and Beating Retreat on Cowes Parade.

The Duke was also joined by Europe’s keenest sailing overseas Royal guests including HM King Harald of Norway, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, TM King Constantine II of Greece and Queen Anne-Marie with Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, HM King Juan Carlos of Spain and HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark. The Royal party arrived at Royal Yacht Squadron following the Fleet Review by motor launch and walked from Cowes Parade into the Royal Yacht Squadron.

// The fleet was reviewed by The Duke of Edinburgh in his capacity as Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron. This was followed by a Service of Celebration at Holy Trinity Church and Beat Retreat on Cowes Parade. Those were conducted by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood with the salute taken by the Duke of Edinburgh. Following the conclusion of today’s events the Royal party walked back to the Royal Yacht Squadron, which was followed by a Dinner at the Castle, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

“Among the yachts taking part in the fleet review were the William Fife designed Mariquita which is widely regarded as one of the most iconic classic sailing yachts in history. Also making an appearance was Eleonora – the replica of the 1910 Herreshoff designed Westward that was considered the fastest schooner in the world when she was built.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh started his career in the Royal Navy and served on various classes of vessel during the World War Two. In 1948 the Island Sailing Club gave the Dragon Bluebottle to Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh as a wedding present in which he competed at many regattas including Cowes week”. More interesting details in the article by Yachting World.
courtesy of photographer Donna Woodward Taylor; click on pic to view full gallery from the events

Today’s events formed part of the year-long celebration to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron in 2015. The Fleet Review is part of a varied programme of celebrations for the Bicentenary of the Royal Yacht Squadron both on and off the water during 2015. In excess of 180 ships and boats are lined up in the Solent in the waters off the Royal Yacht Squadron from midday on the 5th June.
courtesy of photographer Donna Woodward Taylor; click on pic to view full gallery from the events

The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. Its clubhouse is Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the club’s admiral is Prince Philip who is also a former club commodore.
courtesy of photographer Donna Woodward Taylor; click on pic to view full gallery from the events

It was founded on 1 June 1815 in the Thatched House Tavern in St James’s, London as The Yacht Club by 42 gentlemen interested in sea yachting, the original members decided to meet in London and in Cowes twice a year, to discuss yachting over dinner. Membership was restricted to those who owned a vessel not under 10 tons. Today this is interpreted as a gentleman “actively interested in yachting”. Full history can be found at Wikipedia.
courtesy of photographer Donna Woodward Taylor; click on pic to view full gallery from the events

Events on most parts were private, so media had limited access, but my agency got some great pics, I would love to include more, but the ones I selected are the ones I liked the most. My huge thanks to photographer Donna Woodward Taylor; she shared wonderful photos, click on pic to view her gallery of the events. Isle of Wight Radio article wih pics, here. More in IW County Press article. Great video by BBC. Even more in Island Echo.

Outfit & jewellery:
New dress by Diane Von Furstenberg: ‘Fleur Ceramic‘ shift dress.
JOSEPH Nessie Basket Weave Jacket from 2011, sold out.
Beauchamps of London, Codrington Clutch – Navy EXOTIC Python Print Calf Suede.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch
LK Bennett Bayleen wedges. Sold out.
Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses DG4080. Date back to 2011 or 2012. One of my fav. Very elegant!
Earrings by Dior from 2015 cruise collection. Part of Mise en Dior collection. Not available online.

UFO bracelet with pearls worn on several occasions. It looks like it is made of freshwater pearls on sterling silver chain.

5 thoughts on “Bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

  1. alpa

    ooh, love her outfit! nice dress, clean lines, nautical colors, but what i really love is her look with sunglasses and scarf thrown jauntily over her shoulder.

    i also want to take this opportunity to say how much i like her look with her hair up – chic, neat, and flattering. she wears her hair up at most events, and i think she looks great every time.


  2. Sophie is looking sensational these days, and I agree the updos are highly flattering. The bold contrasts of navy and whitebon the DVF are a perfect complement with the naval theme.


  3. Maree

    Wow!! Love it all – the day, the outfit, the couple!!! A big thank-you Anna, I can never find any up-to-date information about this couple and I can always rely on your blog xo


  4. Anonymous

    Sophie looks lovely as always . I have met her twice and she has the most natural beauty and grace. Keep up the good work, updating us on this charming royal couple …


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