The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Duke of York announced as Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show

On the 25th April, it has been announced that The Duke of York joined The Earl and Countess of Wessex as new Vice Presidents of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Their Royal Highnesses were photographed in the private grounds of Windsor Castle earlier this week as they posed for an official photo to commemorate their new roles, with two of The Queen’s Highland ponies, Lomond and Jubilee, who will take part in RWHS Pageant that will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.

photo © Steve Parsons/Press Association shared by The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) via Twitter

For the first time in its 76 year history, Royal Windsor Horse Show announced the appointment of three Royal Vice Presidents; HRH The Duke of York and TRHs The Earl and Countess of Wessex who will play a significant part in the event which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 8 – 12 May. They join HM The Queen, Patron of the Show, and its President HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Simon Brooks-Ward, show director, said:

We are thrilled and honoured to announce our three royal vice presidents. Their active interest and participation in Britain’s largest horse show will be appreciated by all on the showground.

RWHS is located in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the only time of year the grounds are opened up to the public. The annual Show combines the highest level of sporting action with an unforgettable shopping and gastronomic experience, and a host of thrilling live entertainment.

Additional title for Prince Edward and The Countess – The Earl and Countess of Forfar.

The Queen has been pleased to grant The Earl of Wessex the additional title of Earl of Forfar – press release:

The Earl of Wessex is Patron of a number of Scottish charitable organisations, such as The Edinburgh International Festival, the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Badminton Scotland.

As Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, HRH has supported the non formal education of thousands of young people in Scotland and holds annual Gold Award presentations at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

In 2014 The Earl was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, The Queen’s personal representative to the Assembly.

Their Royal Highnesses will use the title The Earl and Countess of Forfar when in Scotland.

The Earldom of Forfar was created in 1661 and became extinct as a title in 1715. It was a subsidiary title to the Earl of Ormond and was a title held by the Douglas Family.

The 1st Earl of Forfar (1653 to 1712) was Archibald Douglas. His son, also Archibald Douglas, became the 2nd Earl of Forfar (1692 to 1715). The 2nd Earl took the title at the age of 20 and died without issue leaving the Earldom, part of the Peerage of Scotland, extinct.

Forfar is the county town of Angus with a population of just over 14,000. It is the principal county town nearest to Glamis Castle, the seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. It was this family of which the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was part.

Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church

On the 30th December HM The Queen took part in the Sunday Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. This time HM arrived to the church accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, while members of her family walked the short distance.

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Again we saw The Wessex family, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex with Lady Louise (Viscount James was absent). We also saw, Princess Royal and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence. There weren’t many photographers that day, so not sure who else attended.

Like mentioned above photographic coverage was poor, Daily Mail did manage to publish few pics of the Wessex family, and you will find those by clicking here. Sadly I don’t have any that I could use on my blog.

Outfit & jewellery:
Fedora most likely by Jane Taylor.
Loewe Collarless V-neck coat.
Some black boots.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

Sophie and Louise at the International Horse Show at London Olympia

On the 21st December, The Countess of Wessex accompanied by her daughter, Lady Louise, attended the International Horse Show at London Olympia. Judging from the few pics released by the PA Agency, Sophie & Louise attended day five of the show and she and her daughter observed The FEI Driving World Cup Presented By Dodson & Horrell.

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I have searched internet for a long time but I cannot find a single “official” word on HRH’s participation in this event, perhaps she and Louise were there privately, since Lady Louise herself is learning a carriage driving, it’s a passion she inherited after her grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh. For coverage of the event, check Daily Mail article by clicking here.

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Olympia is the only UK Show to host all three FEI World Cup Qualifiers in Dressage, Show Jumping and Driving. Each performance includes an equestrian competition along with a variety of displays from around the World. Held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, the London International Horse Show celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2007 as ‘one of Europe’s oldest equine competitions’.

Outfit & jewellery:
Sweater possibly by Max Mara.
Gabriela Hearst Spencer Skirt
Hippo splat necklace by Patrick Mavros.
Some black 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.

Sophie & Louise visited BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

On the 24th November, The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise surprised TV watchers with an unexpected appeareance during the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing programme. HELLO! Magazine, who spoke exclusively to the show’s presenter, Tess Daly, revealed the special meaning behind the duo’s surprise visit.

photo @bbcstrictly via Twitter

After Hello – Tess explained: “It was lovely to have them there, we are very fortunate we have a few fans in the royal household… They did absolutely [get a backstage tour]. Lady Louise was celebrating turning 15 and she said it was a treat to come and visit the show. She’s a big fan, herself and her mother. They enjoyed all the action from the front row and they had a great night. It was great to welcome them.

Full article can be found here. Daily Mail also had coverage, including tiny video – for article, click here. You will also spot the royal duo in the video I linked to.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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).

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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.

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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