2018 Christmas at Sandringham for The Wessex Family

At last, after a looong week I was able to update every entry on my blog. I needed a break, honestly I was certain I won’t be able to do this again. But your messages, understanding and other factors, made me re-think my decission. I know it will be hard. LP starts a half year long tour in January, so I will have plenty on my plate, but we shall see. Maybe I will manage to work it out somehow.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

But let’s get back to the Royals. On the 25th December we saw united family front of royals attending Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. The Wessex family arrived altogether, walking side by side, shortly after the ‘fabulous four’. Sophie looked elegant as always in her new, bespoke coat by Suzannah and another bespoke creation from her favourite milliner, Jane Taylor.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Lady Louise looked very pretty in her beige coat and beautiful animal print beret hat also by Jane Taylor (wouldn’t mind owning one myself as well), while Viscount James seemed to refuse wearing any coat whatsoever. I was wondering what wacky tie Prince Edward wore for this occasion, but whatever he has chosen, sadly it was hidden underneath his thick shawl.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

HM The Queen arrived to church with The Duke of York, while his daughters decided to walk. Prince Charles along with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge arrived hand in hand with The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex. Peter Phillips walked with his both daughters, Savannah and Isla. Autimn Phillips (in a stunning green coat-dress by Clare Mischevani) arrived with Princess Beatrice.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

Newlyweds, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walked shortly afterwards, followed by The Wessex family, and Princess Royal with her husband Sir Timothy Laurence. Last ones to arrive were Zara and Peter Phillips. This year we haven’t seen The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Cornwall. For coverage of that day you may want to check the Daily Mail, click here.

Here, I would like to give my huge thanks to Geoff Robinson (News Photographer based in Cambridge), who each year, since we’ve known each other (online) is sharing his royal Christmas pictures with me – thank you!

Outfit & jewellery:
New, Jane Taylor Millinery bespoke wet look velvet cocktail hat with vintage veil.
New bespoke blue cashmere coat by Suzannah.
Erdem Paisley Vine-print silk-crepe de chine dress.
New, CHAiNGING Berlin Earrings | g o l d by Lucia Odescalchi.
Black suede pumps by LK Bennett.
New pochette (#lunatic #caviar #snake) by Sophie Habsburg.

Sunday Mass for The Wessex family & HM The Queen

On the 23rd December HM The Queen, accompanied by her youngest son Prince Edward, her daughter-in-low, The Countess of Wessex, and her granddaughter, Lady Louise attended Sunday Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

photography Paul Marriott (@marriottphotos1), photo posted with kind permission from photographer

Both The Queen and The Countess of Wessex looked lovely in their elegant attires. According to the Sun article, ‘the service was conducted by Sandringham rector, the rev Canon Jonathan Riviere who said prayers “for the aged and little children”.

The congregation joined in the singing of carols Once in Royal David’s City, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, While Shepherds Watch Their flocks by Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. To read full article, click here. For Daily Mail coverage click here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Oversized coat which Sophie had for quite some time, never ID’d.
Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora in Camel (Pheasant Feather Wrap).
Tiffany citrine studs.
Some gold necklace.
Denver fit-and-flare crepe dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Clutch bag by Sophie Habsburg Design.
Prada – Suede Ankle Boots.

HM The Queen hosted an annual Christmas lunch for the Royal Family

On the 19th December, HM The Queen and The Duke of Ediburgh hosted an annual traditional Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace for the members of royal family. We saw many familiar faces including The Wessex family. The Countess of Wessex arrived accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise.

While the Earl of Wessex drove in a separate car accompanied by his son, Viscount James and James’ nanny. Next to Prince Edward was seated some man, possibly new private secretary to TRHs, Alex Stonor, but I am not sure. For images from that event visit The Sun article, by clicking here.

PS. Many of you couldn’t wait until Lady Louise will get her braces, the wait is over, she is already wearing them. Here’s to the speedy process of getting that perfect smile!

Outfit & jewellery:
Possibly Single-breasted wool-blend coat by Vince.
Some scarf seen before.
Tiffany citrine studs.

National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph

Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family (including The Earl & The Countess of Wessex) joined thousands of people to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War today (11th November) as part of the traditional National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall in London.

A two-minute silence was held at 11am and wreaths laid at the Cenotaph to commemorate the servicemen and women killed in all conflicts from the First World War onwards. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and an Equerry on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

The Prime Minister also attended the service along with other members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers and 765 Armed Forces personnel. Accompanying The Prince of Wales were members of the Royal Family including The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Sussex Prince Henry of Wales, The Duke of York, The Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

The Queen watched from a balcony of the nearby Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as did The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess of Sussex was at the next balcony accompanied by Elke Büdenbender – wife of the current President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were at the 3rd balcony, what seemed to be challenging for most of the photographers. This year the event took on an additional poignancy as the nation marked 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended the war on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

Federal German President His Excellency Frank-Walter Steinmeier laid a wreath on behalf of the German people. It is the first time since the Cenotaph was inaugurated in 1920 that a representative of Germany took part in the National Service of Remembrance and his attendance symbolises the peace and friendship that exists between our two countries today.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

Personnel from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were on parade at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London, as members of the Royal Family and senior politicians lay wreaths after the two minutes’ silence. Members of the armed forces led the nation in marking the centenary of the Armistice at the National Service of Remembrance, ending four years of First World War centenary commemorations.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

The Massed Bands of the Guards Division led musicians from all three services in playing traditional music for the service, including the Last Post. The annual Veterans’ Parade followed the service, before 10,000 members of the public walked in procession past the Cenotaph to pay their respects.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

British armed forces personnel around the world paused to remember those who served and died in the First World War and all those who have given their lives in the service of the armed forces. Over the last year UK troops have been deployed on 35 operations in more than 30 countries around the world. The day concluded with a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey which gave thanks for peace and the return of the many servicemen who came back to their families.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “To be at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege and provides us with the opportunity for reflection along with millions of people in countries that continue to be strong allies. The First World War touched communities across the globe and I commend all those who have helped us remember the First World War generation. We will never forget them or the sacrifice of thousands of British and Commonwealth troops who have given their lives in other conflicts.”

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Afterwards, The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the Welsh National Service of Thanksgiving marking the centenary of the end of the First World War at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. TRHs were joined by Carwyn Jones, currently First Minister of Wales. For tiny coverage from that event, click here.

photo Paul Robinson (@FrPaulR) via Twitter

Daily Mail coverage can be found here. More pictures at The Sun, here. I cannot provide many pictures of Sophie from today, as my agency have only few in the car. Sophie was on a balcony that for some photographers was not visible from their point of view. Camera that provided live feed must have had the same problem, as I haven’t seen HRH on TV as well.

Outfit & jewellery:
Black Felt Bianca hat by Jane Taylor.
Armani 2008 Fall coat.
Black clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design.
Heavenly Necklaces The non-Drop Drops.
5th Battalion The Rifles badge.
Ceramic ‘lasting legacy’ poppy for those who lost sight on the Great War, made by visually impaired pupils of St.Vincents School and gifted to HRH recently in Liverpool. Story of those poppies, click here.
LK Bennett suede black pumps.

Royal Festival Of Remembrance 2018

Yesterday (10th November), The Earl & The Countess of Wessex attended The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in  London. At the Festival of Remembrance this year, in the presence of The Royal Family, The Royal British Legion lead the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

100 years ago, the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. The event included serving and veteran representatives from across all three-Armed Services and a finale with the traditional Two Minute Silence as poppy petals fell from the roof of the Royal Albert Hall, representing all lives lost in war.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

Attended by Her Majesty The Queen, Patron of The Royal British Legion, and senior members of the Royal Family, this year’s programme included special guest artists Sir Tom Jones, Sheridan Smith, Sir Bryn Terfel, Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Kingdom Choir. As always, it was a very moving event with many highlights.

print screen of live feed

Artists performed alongside the Band of HM Royal Marines, the Band of the Coldstream Guards, Band of the Scots Guards, Band of the Irish Guards, the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, and the Royal Air Force Squadronaires.

Ministry of Defence / Crown Copyright 2018

Full event was broadcast on BBC One TV at 20:30pm and it still available (for those in UK) on BBC i-Player. If you live outside of UK, as myself, there’s a video on YouTube, click here. However I recommend checking at ASAP as I’m not sure if it will be there for long. Also, for the first time ever we’ve got great pics of all members of the royal family who attended the event.

print screen of live feed

Other members of the Royal Family that attended: The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Susses, The Duke of York, Princess Royal and Sir Timothy, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent. For gallery at Zimbio, click here. Few pics in bigger resolution at Go Fug Yourself, click here. Daily Mail coverage can be found here. The Sun’s coverage is here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Oscar de la Renta Women’s Long-sleeved Lace Dress.
Tiffany citrine earrings worn with detachable citrine drops from the Heavenly Necklaces.
QARANC badge.
Buckley sparkle poppy brooch in small size. Sold (out) in support for The Royal British Legion.
Black clutch bag, UFO.
Pumps by Dior.

State Banquet in honour of The King and Queen of the Netherlands

In the evening (on the 23rd October), The Queen gave a State Banquet in honour of The King and Queen of the Netherlands at which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent were present.

Print screen of live feed, click on pic to be redirected

Now, the case with The Countess of Wessex and State Banquets is very similar to Loch Ness Monster… There are rumours, some blurry pictures but an actual picture simply doesn’t exisit… I have done my homework, there were at least 12 State Banquets attended by Sophie, BUT of all those 12 occasions, there isn’t a single proper picture of HRH. All we have are some blurry shots in the background.

If PA photographer can take at least 5 different shots of The Duchess of Cambridge, WHY there isn’t a single picture of The Countess, or Princess Royal and The Duchess of Gloucester, remains a mystery to me. British Royal Family is known from pomp and ceremony. Everyone is well aware of jewel vaults of HM The Queen, then why not release MORE pictures from such events, I honestly do not know.

It’s not like British Royals are notoriously photographed wearing so much bling. Such occasions are indeed a rarity for royal watchers and we always wait for those with so much hope and anticipation, and yet again, we are left with nothing. Well, apart from those who are always pictured… Some could ask, WHY do you care. Well, I simply do.

I started this blog because I was fed up with the quality of coverage of The Countess of Wessex’s work and her Patronages. AND sometimes I’d like to think there was an impact with my blog, but on another occasions it feels like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall… There are things I won’t change… I am “just” a blogger, and no matter how much work & effort I will put into this blog, it will never be enough.

Outfit & jewellery:
Aquamarine tiara on loan from HM The Queen.
Earrings, Order of Spledor and myself, we believe Sophie could wore The Queen’s Diamond Pendant Earrings. However since we only have live feed, that’s only a guess. For post on the origins of those earrings, please visit From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault Blog, click here.
The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II.
Sash with Maltese Cross & Star of Dame Grand Cross/GCVO.
Some brooches to keep the sash in place.
Possibly bracelets.
Aquamarine blue gown by Emilia Wickstead.
Silver pumps.

State Visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands – Official Welcome

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Maxima, paid a state visit to the United Kingdom as the guests of the Queen from 23rd to 24th October 2018. Their Majesties stayed at Buckingham Palace during the visit. This was the first state visit to the UK by the current King and Queen of the Netherlands.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have greeted the King and Queen of the Netherlands on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen at the Dutch ambassador’s residence on Tuesday morning. The King and Queen have arrived privately to the UK the day before. TRHs then travelled with Their Majesties to Horse Guards Parade, where the King and Queen received a ceremonial welcome.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Facebook

During the official ceremony attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, presentations were made, the Guard of Honour given a royal Salute and the Dutch National Anthem has been played. The King, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, also inspected the Guard of Honour, formed of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Afterwards, The King and Queen of the Netherlands, accompanied by The Queen, with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, drove in a Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry. Gun Salutes were fired in Green Park by The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Facebook

Guards of Honour were provided at Horse Guards by 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and at Buckingham Palace by The Queen’s Colour Squadron, Royal Air Force. Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard and a Detachment of Household Cavalry were on duty.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

Following a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, given by the Queen, Her Majesty invited the King and Queen of the Netherlands to view a special exhibition in the Picture Gallery, made up of items from the Royal Collection relating to the Netherlands. Lunch and exhibition were attended by other members of royal family, including The Countess of Wessex. Not sure about Prince Edward as pictures are limited.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

One of the most impressive items in the collection, is a gold tray made for King George IV to display his European honours, including the highest Dutch honour, Willems-Order. To learn more about the items, click here. There were more engagements for Their Majesties but I concentrated only on those the most important to us.

photo shared by the @koninklijkhuis via Twitter

In the evening, The Queen gave a State Banquet in honour of The King and Queen of the Netherlands at which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent were present. I will cover that part in a separate post.

Outfit & jewellery:
Max Mara Biavo belted camel hair midi dress.
Not sure on earrings.
S pendant.
New to me watch.

Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York & Mr Jack Brooksbank

So, I haven’t seen yesterday’s Royal Wedding – not that I didn’t want to, I just couldn’t during the live feed, and when I finally could, it was nowhere to be found. Somehow live feed was deleted from the royal youtube channel, Facebook etc. There is still coverage on ITV but it’s inaccessible for me… So, today I will just provide details and important info. BTW, there are no good pics of The Countess of Wessex, or even Lady Louise, though she has played a major role during the wedding… Shame…

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

Princess Eugenie arrived at St George’s Chapel in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father, The Duke of York. That’s when we’ve first saw her beautiful wedding dress, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British based label Peter Pilotto. Princess Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos have worked closely together on the design of the dress. The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by Members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train. The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. The fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs.

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

Princess Eugenie was wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942, however it wasn’t worn by any member of a royal family so it was quite a surprise. I love the design and I think it was a perfect choice for the bride. Eugenie accessorized her look with diamond and emerald drop earrings which were a Wedding gift from her fiance.

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

The Wedding bouquet was created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, and consisted of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House were also included in the bouquet. Princess Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane, Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin from Bobbi Brown team.

print screen of live feed of wedding vows – click on pic to be redirected

Jack Brooksbank’s brother, Thomas Brooksbank, was his Best Man while Princess Beatrice (sister of Princess Eugenie) was her Maid of Honour. There were also Bridesmaids: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (aged 3), Miss Savannah Philips (aged 7 – daughter of Mrs and Phillips), Miss Isla Philips (aged 6 – daughter of Mrs and Phillips), Miss Mia Tindall (aged 4 – daughter of Mrs and Mr Tindall); Miss Maud Windsor (aged 5 – goddaughter of Princess Eugenie, daughter of Lady and Lord Frederick Windsor) and Miss Theodora Williams (aged 6 – daughter of Ms Ayda Field and Mr Robbie Williams).

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

As for Page Boys: Prince George of Cambridge (aged 5) with Mr Louis de Givenchy (aged 6 – son of Mrs Zoe De Givenchy and Mr Olivier De Givenchy). I was also very happy to see that Princess Eugenie included children of TRHs Earl and Countess of Wessex. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (aged 14, wearing dress by Claudie Pierlot and hat by Emily London) was in charge of Bridesmaids and Pageboys when they were entering the chapel, and let me tell you, handling 8 relatively young children in a spotlight, well Louise you deserve a medal. You did great! Viscount Severn (aged 10) had some ushering duties, he entered the chapel with Mother of the Bride and her sister/Made of Honour.

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner has given the Address at the Wedding. The Dean also officiated as the couple made their marriage vows. The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, had written a personal prayer for the Wedding Service which was included in the Order of Service. Princess Beatrice, Maid of Honour, has read a passage from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as Princess Eugenie has read that book, shortly after meeting Jack, now her husband. It’s all explained in the Dean’s address, which you can read by clicking here.

James Vivian, Director of Music St George’s Chapel, had written descants for two hymns that were sung during the Service. Also Andrea Bocelli performed two pieces during the Service. I know Princess Eugenie & now her husband, also included Ubi Caritas, that was performed during Sophie’s & Edward’s wedding. It’s a lovely piece. After the ceremony, the newly married couple undertook a short Carriage Procession in the Scottish State Coach. The carriage was pulled by four Windsor Grey horses: Plymouth, Milford Haven, Tyrone and Storm. There were also two outriders: Claudia and Sir Basil.

Photo Owen Cooban / Ministry of Defence Crown copyright 2018

Mr Alex Bramall have taken the official photographs at Windsor Castle following the Wedding Service. He previously photographed Princess Eugenie for Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016. Mr Bramall said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days. I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together.” We should see few of the official pictures in the very near future. Perhaps even later today.

For even more details of the wedding, I recommend checking ‘press release’ section at the Royal Family website, here. Daily Mail has a really long feature on the wedding, haven’t read it, just scrolled through the pics, click here. The Telegraph has a lovely feature on Lady Louise, titled “Lady Louise – the quiet, thoughtful girl of whom the Royal family should be proud“, you can read it by clicking here. I must say they did a wonderful and thoughtful job, really worth reading. Also Harper’s Bazaar did a piece and you will find it here. I’m sure Louise’s parents must be very proud! As for the wedding itself, I recommend a piece by Patricia Treble for Maclean’s, which you will find here. I’m sure it was a lovely wedding, I just hope to catch up on it soon!

Outfit & jewellery:
New hat by Jane Taylor.
New, Scalloped metallic stretch-knit midi dress by Alaïa. It was black with hint of navy.
UFO diamond & pearl drop earrings.
Blue topaz ring.
Brooch by Dior.
Watch by Chanel.
Navy suede pumps by Prada.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design.

100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force marked by members of Royal Family

Today (10th July), HM The Queen and other members of Royal Family attended events to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Early in the afternoon, The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra and other members of the royal family attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

photo via Westminster Abbey Twitter feed

The Royal Air Force – the world’s first independent air force – was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy. For one hundred years the RAF has defended the skies of Britain, preventing conflicts, delivering aid and combating cyber threats while working in partnership with other Services, from Operation Ruman – the UK’s humanitarian assistance operation in the aftermath of hurricane Irma which hit the Caribbean in September 2017, to the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon Aircraft, providing a UK air defence capability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

© The Royal Family via Twitter

Today the RAF is engaged on some 13 missions across 26 countries and is heavily committed on operations both at home and abroad. To mark its centenary year, special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels will run from April to the end of September 2018. The centrepiece of RAF100 took place today on the 10th of July, with a service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

© The Royal Family via Twitter

Over 1,000 RAF servicemen and women performed in today’s ceremonial parade, along with almost 300 personnel lining the route representing the diverse roles played within the RAF through the generations. There was also a spectacular flypast of up to 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace at 1:00pm representing the RAF’s history, its continued operational role in securing the UK’s skies, and the future of air power. The parade has been commanded by Group Captain Anne-Marie Houghton, a Sentry navigator from Headquarters Air Command. Group Captain Houghton has the distinction of being the first female navigator in the Royal Air Force after she graduated from training in 1991.

© The Royal Family via Twitter

After the service at the Westminster Abbey, Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, presented a new Queen’s Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony to mark its centenary, on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The Queen then took the royal salute, presented the colour and made a brief speech. The Queen said in her speech: “I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us, and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.”

© The Royal Family via Twitter

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra attended a reception at Horse Guards Parade. Their Royal Highnesses viewed a variety of displays about the work and history of the Royal Air Force before meeting representatives from RAF charities, new recruits and RAF veterans.

© The Royal Family via Twitter

Also today, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York attended a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Their Royal Highnesses met RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the centenary celebrations.

© The Royal Family via Twitter

To finish the day, The Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family viewed a flypast and feu de joie from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The flypast consisted of up to 100 aircraft with nearly 200 aircrew from 25 different RAF Squadrons, operating to and from 14 military stations and two civilian airfields. As well as the pilots flying the aircraft, today’s events will had been made possible thanks to the hard work of aircrew, support teams and Air Traffic Controllers. Their vital role in delivering today’s flypast reflected the fact that over 80% of job roles in the RAF are related to STEM subjects.

To learn more about today’s events, click here. Article about HRH’s ensemble can be found here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Hat by Jane Taylor that debuted in 2015. Daily Mail should checked their facts straight, but why bother, right?
Wave Textured Stripe Dress in Ivory by Suzannah in customized version.
Dior earrings & brooch.

Gold bracelet, no ID.
RAF Badge.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch.
Clutch by Jane Taylor.
Prada nude Pumps.

Ladies Day at Royal Ascot!

Today is Ladies Day at Royal Ascot and as in the past, Sophie moved from Emilia Wickstead to another favourite designer of hers, Suzannah. Today The Countess has chosen The Eleanor Dress with sleeves in eucalyptus colour (in sensitive sagey green tone). She stuck however to her favourite milliner by wearing another Jane Taylor’s bespoke creation (in slightly lilac undertone).

Today, The Countess presented The Ribblesdale Stakes Trophy to Ryan Moore, riding Magic Wand, it was his 51st win. Huge congrats. Earlier, Princess Beatrice, wearing a lovely Jonathan Simkai dress and hat by Sally-Ann Provan, presented the trophies to the winners of The Hampton Court Stakes; jockey Ryan Moore riding Hunting Horn. HM The Queen presented Frankie Dettori with his trophy, he has won The Gold Cup (his 6th, and 60th win at Royal Ascot overall).


As for the royal procession, today we saw, in the 1st Carriage: HM The Queen with her son, The Duke of York; Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and Sir Nicholas Bacon. 2nd Carriage: The Princess Royal with Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York. 3rd Carriage: The Duke of Gloucester; The Duchess of Gloucester; The Earl of Snowdon and The Countess of Snowdon.

In the 4th Carriage: Mr. Peter Troughton; Mrs. Peter Troughton; Sir Marcus O’Lone and Lady O’Lone. In other royal news, today is The Duke of Cambridge’s 36th birthday! Happy Birthday! The Duke missed Royal Ascot, however he did attend the official handover of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to the nation. HRH is Patron of the appeal to create the purpose-built centre that will provide world-class rehabilitation facilities for members of the Armed Forces.


For today’s pictures I recommend checking Mark Cuthbert’s & Tim Rookie’s Twitter feeds. They posted some fun snaps of Sophie. For Daily Mail article with many photos, click here. Next, we will see The Earl of Wessex Patron, The Orpheus Centre Trust and The Countess of Wessex, attending a Gala Evening in celebration of their 20th Anniversary at Trevereux Manor, Limpsfield Chart, Oxted, Surrey on the 23rd of June.

Outfit & jewellery:
Bespoke hat by Jane Taylor Millinery.
The Eleanor Dress with sleeves by Suzannah.
Smokey quartz earrings by Boho Betty UK.   
3 bracelets, all seen before. 2 are UFO’s. One most likely by Heavenly Necklaces in tennis style.
Aquamarine ring by G. Collins & Sons. I believe it’s their design.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch.
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design in Ginny Style.
Jimmy Choo Romy 100 velvet pumps in Ballet Pink