Second day of Royal Ascot 2018

Sophie knocked it out of the park on the second day of Royal Ascot! She looked great yesterday, but today she was truly stunning! Sophie is the first royal (I believe) to wear a jumpsuit to that event. Those were allowed for the very first time last year as a way of embracing the new trend and who is better than stylish Sophie to give it a go!

Sophie stuck to her favourite designers as she wore Emilia Wickstead and her Vida Jumpsuit. As for that fabulous hat, very Eliza Doolittle/Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, it is of course by Jane Taylor. I must say I absolutely love this duo. Hat frames Sophie’s face to perfection, and that colour is just divine. Sophie also brought back her beautiful aquamarine ring.

As for the rest of the royal party, the carriages. 1st Carriage: HM The Queen; Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy; The Hon. Harry Herbert and Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt. 2nd Carriage: The Prince of Wales; The Duchess of Cornwall, Mr. Peter Phillips and Mrs. Peter Phillips. 3rd Carriage: The Lord Vestey; The Lady Vestey; The Lord de Mauley and The Lady de Mauley.

And in the 4th Carriage: Mr. Michael Magnier, Mrs. Michael Magnier; The Lady Susan Hussey; Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were absent (most likely as Kate is still on maternity leave) and it was The Earl of Wessex who presented The Duke of Cambridge Stakes to jockey of Aljazzi, William Buick. Btw, that amazing pink tie that Prince Edward wore today, would have been perfect yesterday as a match to Sophie’s dress.

I also spotted The Duchess of Gloucester who celebrates today her 72nd birthday! Happy Birthday. Also, in other new, Kensington Palace announced that the christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday 9th July at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London. Prince Louis will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

At the moment we do not know who will be his Godparents, however some reporters/papers often mention Lady Louise. We must wait and see. Not long now! To view more images from today visit Daily Mail, by clicking here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Bespoke hat by Jane Taylor.
Vida Jumpsuit by Emilia Wickstead.
18k Gold Modern Rock Candy 4-Stone Drop Earrings in Blue Topaz by Ippolita.
Aquamarine ring by G. Collins & Sons. I believe it’s their design.
T square Tiffany bracelet.
Citrine bracelet by Heavenly Necklaces. Sold out.
And that yellow gold bracelet that Sophie had for years. No ID.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch. 
Sophie Habsburg clutch bag in black, “In & Out” style.
Black suede pumps. Not sure on ID.

Day 1 of 2018 Royal Ascot

Today was the start of Royal Ascot and we’ve got a special treat. The Earl and Countess of Wessex celebrated today their 19th wedding anniversary, while The Duke and Duchess of Sussex their 1st month of being a married couple. Both couples also attended the Ascot Races to which they’ve arrived in a truly royal style.

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As usual there were four carriages carrying the royal party and their guests. In the first carriage arrived HM The Queen with her daughter Princess Royal and son The Duke of York with guest, the Lord Vestey. Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey is a British peer, landowner, and businessman. Lord Vestey currently serves as Master of the Horse to the Royal Household.

In the second carriage we saw The Prince of Wales with The Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. For those interested in fashion, Princess Beatrice wore a Claire Mischevani jacquard dress with bespoke Juliette Botterill hat while Princess Eugenie was in an ivory ensemble by Osman with hat by Emily London Millinery. The Duchess of Cornwall was in gold Dior with a hat by Philip Treacy.

As mentioned earlier, the third carriage carried The Earl and Countess of Wessex with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Sophie was a vision in pink, in beautiful bespoke hat by Jane Taylor Millinery paired with new crepe dress by Emilia Wickstead. Sophie accessorized her outfit with a new diamond brooch in rose design, I also spotted two bracelets. The Duchess of Sussex also stuck to her favourite designers by wearing a Philip Treacy hat with white dress by Givenchy.

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And in the 4th carriage we saw Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, with guests the Lord and Lady de Mauley. Rupert Charles Ponsonby, 7th Baron de Mauley is is a British hereditary peer, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and retired Territorial Army officer.

At Ascot, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented a trophy to jockey Frankie Dettori, who came in first on horse Without Parole in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while The Queen and most of the royal party watched her horse Fabricate in the last race of the day on the big screen from the parade ring. Sadly that race was not victorious for Fabricate and HM. Princess Anne presented the trophy to the winners of the third race, The King’s Stand Stakes.

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To view images of today, check Daily Mail by clicking here. Also I would like to express my warm wishes of all what’s best to TRHs Earl & Countess of Wessex on that special day! I hope that on the 20th anniversary we will be treated to some previously unpublished wedding photograph!! Also huge congrats to Zara & Mike Tindall who yesterday welcomed their second baby-daughter. Announcement of the birth is here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Bespoke hat by Jane Taylor.
Dionne macramé-trimmed crepe dress by Emilia Wickstead.
Diamond studs with lemon drops by Heavenly Necklaces.
New to me two diamond bracelets. That one in tennis style is possibly also by Heavenly Necklaces.
Diamond brooch in rose design.
Pink clutch seen before, no ID.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch.
Pink suede pumps by Prada.

Wedding of Prince Henry of Wales & Miss Meghan Markle

The wedding of Prince Henry of Wales & Miss Meghan Markle, took place earlier today (19th May) at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner. The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated as the couple made their marriage vows. The service was very beautiful, I loved the address given by The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry.

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Presiding Bishop Curry travelled to Windsor from Chicago Illinois to take part in the wedding. Prior to the service he said: “The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today.” His address was certainly very passionate and enjoyed by many. Another lovely touch was when gospel choir sung  “Stand By Me”.

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Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle. Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011. Since Meghan’s father wasn’t able to attend his daughter’s wedding, Meghan asked The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day, which made a lovely & touching welcome for her to The Royal Family. Prince Harry said “thank you, Pa” as the Prince of Wales brought Meghan to the high altar, Harry then said to Meghan ‘you look amazing‘ as they met for the first time in St George’s Chapel.

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Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service. This has been a collaborative effort led by the couple. They have also sought the advice of The Prince of Wales for the orchestral music which was very moving. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19-year-old cellist who won BBC’s Young Musician of the Year was incredible. There was also a tribute to the late Princess of Wales with “Guide Me O Thy Great Redeemer” – it was sung at Diana’s memorial service in 2007 and her funeral in 1997.

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Both Prince Harry and The Duke of Cambridge wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals that were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. The Wedding Dress of Miss Meghan Markle was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Both Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress was made of double bonded silk cady and epitomised minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952. The dress was very simple & minimalistic, reminded me of timeless classic pieces worn by Audrey Hepburn, Hubert de Givenchy’s muse.

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The veil was very intricate, which worked beautifully with the simplicity of the wedding dress. Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. The veil, five meters long was made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat were delicately embroidered and blended into the flora, to symbolise love and charity.

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In addition to the flora of the Commonwealth, Ms. Markle also selected two personal favourites: Wintersweet which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy the State flower from Ms. Markle’s place of birth, California. The veil was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893. The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.

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The diamond bandeau was made for Queen Mary and specifically designed to accommodate the centre brooch. This brooch was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953. In addition to diamond tiara, Meghan also wore diamond earrings and bracelet made by Cartier. Her wedding shoes were based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.

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Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave and Company to make their Wedding rings. Ms. Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry’s ring is a Platinum Band with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop. The rings were carried to St George’s Chapel on the day of the Wedding by The Duke of Cambridge, in his capacity as Best Man.

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Ms. Markle’s hair was styled by Serge Normant, with make-up by long-time friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin. The Bride’s Bouquet was again simple & minimalistic. Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock. The spring blooms included Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.

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The Bride’s bouquet also included sprigs of myrtle from stems planted at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947. The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858.

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Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen the following Bridesmaids and Page Boys for their wedding. Bridesmaids: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Aged 3); Miss Florence van Cutsem (Aged 3 – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem); Miss Remi Litt (Aged 6) & Miss Rylan Litt (Aged 7) – goddaughters of Ms. Markle, daughters of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt; Miss Ivy Mulroney (Aged 4 – daughter of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney); Miss Zalie Warren (Aged 2 – goddaughter of Prince Harry, daughter of Mrs. Zoe Warren and Mr. Jake Warren).

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Page Boys: Prince George of Cambridge (Aged 4); Master Jasper Dyer (Aged 6 – godson of Prince Harry, son of Mrs. Amanda Dyer and Mr. Mark Dyer M.V.O.); Master Brian Mulroney (Aged 7 – son of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney); Master John Mulroney (Aged 7 – son of Mrs. Jessica Mulroney and Mr. Benedict Mulroney). Clare Waight Keller designed the six young Bridesmaids’ dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. The dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Ms. Markle’s dress. The four Pages were wearing a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat. The uniforms were cut and made by the tailors Dege & Skinner in Savile Row.

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As for the title, as predicted earlier, The Queen conferred a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles now are: The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus became His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on her marriage became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. No longer Prince Harry & Miss Meghan Markle. From now on, officially they will be known as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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2,640 people were invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle and around 600 people have been invited to the service at St George’s Chapel. All 600 guests have also been invited to the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, which is being given by Her Majesty The Queen. Later that evening, around 200 guests are being invited to the private reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales. Claire Ptak, an American pastry chef who is based in London has been chosen to create a lemon elderflower wedding cake for the married couple.

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Following the Wedding Service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the newly married couple travelled around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, which provided an opportunity for members of the public to see them and join in with celebrations. The carriage that was used (as the weather was simply divine) is an Ascot Landau, which is one of five kept by the Royal Mews. The Landaus are used every year for The Queen’s procession during the Royal Meeting at Ascot. You can download The Order of Service that includes full details about the processions, music, hymns, prayers and readings by clicking here. For all the tiniest details on the royal wedding, click here. More details on the wedding at royal website in press releases section, which was very helpful, here.

And now, the wedding was of course attended by the closest family and friends of both Harry and Meghan, including The Earl & Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn. The Countess looked beautiful in separates designed by Suzannah. She wore a grey duchess satin skirt and embroidered grey top. Sophie also wore a Jane Taylor hat. While I was able to ID the outfit without the press release, I am not sure on HRH’s shoes, which sadly press release is missing. As for Lady Louise, looks like she wore clothes straight from her mum’s closet including blazer & dress by Alaia, and a clutch by Sophie Habsburg. Louise’s hat is also a Jane Taylor’s design from recent collection.

Her Majesty The Queen wore a coat and a dress in lime, lemon, purple and grey printed silk by Stuart Parvin. HM wore an Angela Kelly hat with handmade lace crystals and pearls made by Lucy Price.
Her brooch was The Richmond Diamond Brooch with pearl drop. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen with hat designed by Philip Treacy and shoes by Jimmy Choo. It’s a look The Duchess likes and wears on important occasions, including her daughter’s christening. I also loved Princess Eugenie ensamble inspired by the 60s. She wore a bespoke dress designed by Gainsbourg, with hat designed by Fiona Graham and shoes by Valentino.

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For great gallery of pictures of some of the wedding guests, click here. You can re-watch arrivals and the service on Royal Family’s Youtube channel, by clicking here. It was extraordinary, very personal wedding, it reminded me a bit of Prince Edward’s and back then Sophie Rhys – Jones’ wedding service, which remains one of my favourites (minus the sounds of airplanes) till today. And there was also a kiss, not on balcony, but on the steps of the medieval chapel. When looking at the wedding service I was thinking what a long journey it was for the royal family but they embraced Meghan as their own, and I hope she will be a wonderful Duchess, with voice of her own and that she will do good, along with Harry, who is so passionate with many causes he supports. It’s amazing how some people can change their lives… All what’s best to Harry & Meghan!

Outfit &  jewellery:
New, Threadwork Bodice Top by Suzannah.
New, Curve Midi Skirt by Suzannah.
UFO pearl & diamond earrings.
Aquamarine ring by G.Collins & Sons.
Bespoke hat by Jane Taylor, that was handdyed to match HRH’s outfit.
Leather pumps in pink colour, possibly Prada Patent Leather Pumps in cameo beige.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch. 

Louise rides with her mum in a carriage procession at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Today is the final day of the Royal Windsor Horse Show and we’ve got a special treat. Just like last year, Lady Louise took part in a carriage procession, but this time she drove her carriage with her mum, The Countess of Wessex, which resulted in some beautiful pictures from royal photographers. Lady Louise was leading the procession, behind her was Prince Michael of Kent along with his wife, Princess Michael. Not sure who was in the third carriage.

Lady Louise was driving the same carriage, that was first used by the Queen in 1943, carrying on the family tradition. Today’s pictures reminded me of the ones from the beginning of April, when Louise was photographed along with Sophie, most likely practising her riding skills for today’s event. Back then I couldn’t license those pics, and I still can’t, but you can view one here. Back in March Louise was also seen riding in her carriage along with her cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips.

But back to today. I haven’t seen pictures of Prince Edward or Viscount Severn (yet), but I think it’s safe to assume they are attending the Show as well. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But I have seen pictures of The Duke of Edinburgh who was watching her grandaughter in the carriage procession! Daily Mail have few pics, click here. I have updated my yesterday’s post with a picture of The Countess enjoying carriage driving skills with James.

I will try to upade today’s post with more info & pictures at the end of the day. For quick video of carriage procession, click here. Also interview with The Countess of Wessex for Sunday Express is now up online, here.

Outfit & jewellery:
I will start with a hat, as Sophie has chosen new to me milliner, Hicks & Brown, by wearing theirs Suffolk Fedora in Camel (Pheasant Feather Wrap).
New navy jacket – info courtesy of Gamebirds Clothing – British made Osprey Jacket, that was newly launched at The Royal Windsor Horse show and Sophie was one of the first people to buy the jacket from them.
Paloma’s Sugar Stacks citrine earrings by Tiffany & Co.

2018 Royal Windsor Horse Show

In just one week Windsor will be the center of attention of the whole wide world, as Prince Harry will marry Miss Meghan Markle. But before this happens we are in the middle of the 2018 Royal Windsor Horse Show, one of the favourite events of the year of HM. Today The Queen was joined by her daughter-in-law, The Countess of Wessex, and grandchildren, Lady Louise and Viscount James. It’s always great to see pictures of the Wessex family, out and about.

Judging from the pictures Sophie was enjoying this equestrian event strolling with Lady Louise and watching competition with her son, James. Viscount Severn got to spend time at his favourite place of the show, Land Rover’s stand. But this time, The Countess was also interested in cars, Sophie was seen taking a look at the new Jaguar iPace electric car. Quite a fancy car, very sporty in style. As for Prince Edward, so far he missed the event, most likely some previous commitments, but tomorrow is the final day of the Show, so perhaps we will get to see the whole Wessex family.

Her Majesty The Queen has watched the afternoon action in the Castle Arena, presenting several awards, including the Best Turned Out Trooper and The Challenge Cup and Queen’s Plate for the winners of the Land Rover Services Team Jumping. It was really lovely to see pictures of smiling Queen along with her granddaughter, Lady Louise. Mark Stewart captured lovely moment between The Queen & her granddaughter, click here.

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Royal Windsor Horse Show first started in 1943 to help raise funds for the war effort. This year the show celebrates its 75th anniversary! The Queen has always been a keen horsewoman and at the first show she won the Pony and Dogcart class. Since then Her Majesty has entered many homebred horses and ponies in classes at the show.

I was also very happy to see the pictures of Prince Philip from yesterday’s show. Prince was pictured for the first time since leaving hospital after his successful hip operation. There had been some concerns whether he will attend Harry’s wedding next weekend, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well, and that Prince Philip will be able to celebrate this joyus day in person! For pictures of Prince Philip and HM at the Royal Windsor Horse Show from yesterday, click here.

For coverage of today’s event in the The Daily Mail, click here. More pictures, here. Also, in the Sunday Express there will be interview with The Countess by Camilla Tominey. Camilla was in Stroud to talk to Sophie, when she joined Julian Jackson in his Big Blind Walk.

Outfit & jewellery:
Max Mara Farina Coat, sold out as Sophie had it for few years now.
Earrings by Monica Vinader rose gold plated in Siren style and rose quartz.
2 rings by Monica Vinader from Siren line. Most likely Siren stacking ring in rose quartz with Siren small stacking ring

E, J&L diamond letter charm necklace by Felt London, with chain in hayseed style also by Felt London.
Skagen Ladies’ Nicoline Refined Watch. 
Sweater & trousers, no ID. 
Bag by Sophie Habsburg Design, in ERZFANNY ANIMALIER style, in zebra brown.
Really Wild design Spanish Boots in Chocolate Suede.  

Easter mattins service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for The Wessex Family

Today The Queen attended the Easter mattins service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Her Majesty was joined by members of the royal family including The Earl and Countess of Wessex with children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn. The Duke of York with daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were also present. Princess Eugenie arrived with her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Peter and Autumn Phillips, and Zara Tindall also attended the service.

It is customary that The Queen arrives to the church last and is welcomed by her family with a courtsy, but this time it was The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who arrived after HM. According to the royal reporters, TRH’s were delayed by traffic as they travelled from Duchess’s parents house in Berkshire, where they are staying for the Easter weekend. Prince Philip didn’t attend the service as he is suffering from hip problem, however it is believed not to be serious as he was seen driving in Windsor Great Park the day before the service.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who reportedly had “private” weekend plans – also weren’t present at the service. The Queen arrived by car, while other members of royal family (apart from The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) walked short distance from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel, where the service took place. This chapel saw the weddings of The Earl & Countess of Wessex, also Prince Charles & Duchess of Cornwall, Lady Helen Windsor and Tim Taylor, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

That’s also where Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle will tie the nod on the 19th May. For history of royal weddings at Windsor, click here. The Countess walked to the church with her daughter, who seemed to be wearing her first high heels. They both looked very elegant in their coats and Jane Taylor’s headpieces. As for Viscount Severn, he arrived with his dad, however he seemed a little bit distressed, so he mostly hidden behind his parents. At some point The Countess had to comfort him. Thankfully James looked much better as he walked after the service along with Princess Royal.

To read more about the service, please visit The Express, click here; People here, Daily Mail here. There’s also gallery of pictures at Zimbio here, however I haven’t seen The Wessex family on those images. I also wanted to wish a Happy Easter to all my readers!

Outfit & jewellery:
New, Millington wool-crepe coat by ROLAND MOURET in navy.
Fernanda Hat by Jane Taylor from SS18 collection. Lady Louise’s is a bespoke design also by Jane.
STELLA MCCARTNEY Sierra stretch-crepe dress.
Amrapali diamond earrings.
UFO ‘S’ pendant.
2 rings by Monica Vinader from Siren line. Most likely Siren stacking ring in rose quartz with Siren small stacking ring
Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design, the same clutch in design (but in different colour) that debuted during visit to Sri Linka.
BB 115 navy satin pumps by Manolo Blahnik.

 

Happy (almost) New Year from Sandringham!

Happy (almost) New Year! It’s Sunday and we’ve got an extra sighting of the royals attending church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. We only saw senior members of the royal family including HM The Queen who once again arrived to the church accompanied by her daughter-in-law, The Countess of Wessex. This duo seems to have a close relationship, almost like maternal bond and it’s always a great pleasure seeing them in each other company.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, who lately seems to be in really good health and mood, again decided to walk to the church, this time with his daughter, Princess Royal. Prince Edward was also there, but I am not sure who were the two men that walked next to him. The man in brown coat might have been Sophie’s father, Mr Christopher Bournes Rhys-Jones, whom I have seen on today’s pictures with Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, husband of Princess Anne.

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Today, HM The Queen has chosen bright teal outfit, while The Countess was wearing mostly earth tones. We saw her repeating Stella McCartney Checked Coat and Philip Treacy hat that debuted in 2003, if I am not mistaken. Also today, just like on Christmas I’ve received lovely images of the royals from Sandringham taken by photographer based in Cambridge – Mr Geoff Robinson, thank you so much! I am being spoiled by you, but I love it, and my readers as well!

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Finally, I would like to recommend you all an article by the Telegraph titled “Why Meghan should follow Sophie, the Countess of Wessex – the outsider who quietly became the Queen’s favourite”. It has some really lovely remarks about ‘our’ Sophie. One of my favourites is by Ingrid Seward, “it is her work ethic which so enamours her to the Queen. In recognition, the monarch made Sophie a Dame Grand Cross of the Victorian Order, in 2010. Sophie’s not a self-publicist. It’s not, ‘hey look at me’, she just gets on with it, and the Queen really appreciates that”.

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And one more: ‘Meghan’s place in the firm is set; but whose example she follows is up to her… Prince Harry made clear she was joining a collective effort. “It’s an added member of the family,” he said. “It’s another team player as part of the bigger team.” Sophie has broken into that team and made herself invaluable. Meghan could do worse than to follow her lead’. To read the full article you will need to register at the paper’s website. But it is worth it. As for today’s coverage, there’s an article by Daily Mail, you will find it here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Marcelline wool coat by Stella McCartney.
Brown wool/cashmere jumper.
Earrings by Monica Vinader rose gold plated in Siren style and rose quartz.
2 rings by Monica Vinader from Siren line. Most likely Siren stacking ring in rose quartz with Siren small stacking ring. Not sure on stone with this one.

Hat by Philip Treacy.
Hermes Constance charm in rose gold set with 65 diamonds.  

Prada Brown Suede Pointtoe Pumps. 
Sophie Habsburg Design handbag, ERZFANNY Petite in brown/burgundy.

An annual Christmas Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Another year has gone by, and we could see yet another annual Christmas walk by the Royal Family to St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Everyone was in festive mood, you could almost feel the happiness in the air – royal family has certainly a lot to look for in the New Year. The Queen (simply beautiful in orange) arrived by car accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duke of Edinburgh walked to the church with his granddaughter, Lady Louise Widsor. It was a really lovely sight!

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The Countess of Wessex walked to the church along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. And I must say Sophie looked really amazing in her new jacquard coat-dress by Erdem and another fabulous design by Jane Taylor. This one was very stylish with a bit of retro touch to it. It’s really one of my favourite looks ever. Lady Louise also didn’t disappoint in the hat ‘department’, she wore a lovely fascinator in burgundy & black that matched her new coat and ankle boots. I believe Louise’s fascinator is also by Jane Taylor. The Earl of Wessex walked with his son, young Viscount Severn.

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We have also seen The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince William. Kate wore the Double-Breasted Tartan Pea Coat by Miu Miu with Vallnord Alpaca Fur Hat by Peruvian Connection. To read more about The Duchess’ ensamble please visit What Kate Wore blog – here. We have also seen a debut from a royal bride to be, Miss Meghan Markle. Meghan wore Sentaler Wrap Coat in camel colour and carried Pixie Small Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag by Chloe. More about Meghan in a fresh new blog dedicated to her (not mine!), click here. To those who asked – I won’t be setting new blog for Meghan, I have found my content with my Sophie blog and the one for LP. It’s more than enough to keep me busy.

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Also today there was an annual early morning church service attended by senior members of royal family, including The Queen (who arrived by car) and The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Countess of Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise, The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal, The Duke of York and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. I also spotted Lady Sarah Chatto and The Earl and Countess of Snowdon with children.

At exactly 3 pm The Queen’s annual Christmas message was brodacast via TV, radio, Youtube and even Facebook. The overarching theme of this year’s broadcast was “home.” In her speech, HM has paid a tribute to her husband, Prince Philip – The Duke of Edinburgh, who stepped back from official public duties during 2017. The Queen praised The Duke for his “support and unique sense of humour.” The Queen’s Christmas message was filmed in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace earlier this year. You can view it by clicking here.

© Geoff Robinson Photography – courtesy of photographer

For article by Daily Mail, click here. More images in The Sun’s reportage, here. I would also like to send a kind thank you to photographer – Mr Geoff Robinson, who once again surprised me with his amazing images of the royals taken today at Sandringham. It’s becoming an annual Christmas tradition for me and my blog! Thank you so much Mr Geoff! It’s always one of the highlights of my royal blog. And to my readers, thank you for staying with me and all the lovely comments and messages I received.

Outfit & jewellery:
New Jacquard coat by Erdem in style of Kristen Coat Dress. I cannot find HRH’s specific colour online, only dress – here.
New velvet hat with highlights of hand dyed pink silk by Jane Taylor Millinery.
Earrings by Monica Vinader rose gold plated in Siren style and rose quartz.
2 rings by Monica Vinader from Siren line. Most likely Siren stacking ring in rose quartz with Siren small stacking ring. Not sure on stone with this one.
Hermes Constance charm in rose gold set with 65 diamonds.  
Watch seen before – for now no ID. 
Noble Macmillan Tassell Pouch in Cyclamen colour. 
Most likely Prada Suede pointy toe pump in navy.

Pre-Christmas Sunday Mass attended by the Royal Family

A surprise post, as usually Christmas Day is celebrated in the UK on the 25th December, and we will be seeing Royal Family in full force tomorrow as they will be attending an annual Christmas Mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate. However since today is the Sunday and most members of the family were already present for tomorrow’s celebrations, that’s why we’ve had surprise pictures from photographers.

Today we have seen HM The Queen who arrived for the Sunday Mass by car, along with The Countess of Wessex. The Duke of Edinburgh walked to the church with his son, The Duke of York. They were followed by Princess Eugenie with Peter and Autumn Philips, while Princess Beatrice arrived with The Earl and Countess of Snowdon (formerly Viscount Linley and Lady Serena Linley). Prince Edward walked to the church with his daughter Lady Louise and cousin, Lady Sarah Chatto. 

I haven’t seen Viscount Severn on pictures. Princess Royal arrived with her husband Sir Tim Laurence – HRH & Sir Timothy recently celebrated 25th anniversary of their marriage. According to the Daily Mail, the service included traditional carols such as Once in Royal David’s City, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger, When Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. After the service, Sophie collected flowers from a small girl and handed them to the Queen.

Tomorrow we will be seeing more members of the royal family at St. Mary Magdalene Church, including The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge, most likely with children, Prince George and Princess Charlottle. Also tomorrow, Meghan Markle will be making history, as for the first time ever, we will be seeing a fiancée arriving alongside the royal family. Prior to this day such invitation (from HM The Queen) was reserved only for those who were already wed.

Meghan Markle will become (officially) a member of a royal family on the day of her wedding to Prince Henry of Wales, that will take place on May 19th in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. For more pictures from today visit Daily Mail by clicking here. For Express article click here. I am getting back to celebrating Christmas at my parents’ house as in Poland 24th December is the most important day in the calendar. Hope you are also spending great time with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

Outfit & jewellery:
SPORTMAX Maesa wool and angora-blend coat.
Possibly OSCAR DE LA RENTA Balloon-sleeve tweed mini dress.
UFO blue topaz earrings.
UFO blue necklace (the one that looks like bottle). 
Felt trilby hat (bespoke version of Chloe) by Jane Taylor.
Beauchamps of London, Codrington Clutch – Navy EXOTIC Python Print Calf Suede.
Prada boots.

The Wessex Family visits Theatre Royal Windsor for their annual family Pantomime trip.

Back in December 2017, The Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their daughter Lady Louise and son, Viscount James visited Theatre Royal Windsor for their annual family Pantomime trip. The family has watched ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Pantomime, starring: Basil Brush, Tom Baker, Jenny Ryan, Mike Read, Denise Pearson, Kevin Cruise & Steven Blakeley. To learn more about this show please click here. Theatre Royal Windsor is an Edwardian theatre that nestles between Windsor Castle and the River Thames and is the only unsubsidised producing theatre to operate all year round in Britain. 

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photo via Steven Blakeley Twitter feed – click on pic to be redirected

According to the article at The Royal Borough Observer, the family “sat a few rows back in the theatre’s Royal stalls for the 7pm production, rather than occupy the lower right hand box reserved for royal parties”. After the show The Earl and Countess as well as their kids, got to meet the cast of the panto and thank them in person. TRH’s have met with Basil Brush –  a fictional anthropomorphic fox, best known for his appearances on daytime British children’s television. Pics here.

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photo via Basil Brush Twitter Feed – click on pic to be redirected

They also met with Steven Blakeley – English actor, best known for his role as PC Geoff Younger in the British police drama Heartbeat, as well as Martin Cabble-Reid, who created the character, Kevin Cruise and was an award winning regular on the UK comedy and cabaret circuit. Martin Cabble-Reid is a founder of The Royal Borough Theatre Project, project that provides theatre workshops; achiving and educating and funded or subsidised tickets to professional and amateur theatre performances within the Royal Borough, in particular children’s shows and pantomime. To learn more click here.

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photo via The Royal Borough Theatre Project Twitter Feed – click on pic to be redirected

The Royal Borough Theatre Project received a grant from the Prince Philip Trust, Prince Edward is a trustee. Prince Edward has a strong personal interest in the Arts and is Patron of a number of organisations within this area. Whenever possible, His Royal Highness greatly enjoys attending plays and concerts. To learn more about The Earl of Wessex please visit this link.

Outfit & jewellery:
GABRIELA HEARST Isa collarless shearling jacket.
Louis Vuitton Nocturne GM Black Epi Leather Shoulder Bag. Dates back to 1999 or so.
Grey shawl.