A Service of Commemoration was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral this morning in honor of the British troops who were stationed, and those that died (all 453 of them), in the 13 year operation in Afghanistan, and to mark the end of the operation.
The service was well attended, by a multitude of royals, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Sophie Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne. There was a military parade after the service (Charles took the salute), as well as a flypast.
The Queen wore this beautiful blue coat and hat, with pearl jewelry (earrings, necklace, and Queen Victoria’s pearl brooch). This is an absolutely beautiful color on Her Majesty. In a rare moment of affection, HM held Philip‘s hand as she walked down the stairs of St. Paul’s after the service.
Camilla wore her military-esque black Sergeant Pepper coat with fur trim she’s wore many times before, most recently on February 11. She wore a black fur-trimmed hat and pearl earrings. Charles wore his military uniform and Order of the Garter sash. Charles, Camilla, and Harry attended a reception at Guildhall to meet families of those who died in Afghanistan.
Kate wore a new (non-maternity) coat, the Beulah London Chiara Wool Navy Trapeze Overcoat (£650.00). She wore her Alexander McQueen navy suede pumps, and carried her Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch. She wore a new navy hat (most likely by Jane Taylor) and new
sapphire and diamond jewelry (earrings and necklace). She wore her hair in a nice updo. I must say, I think Kate looks very lovely in this outfit. I love the coat, I actually really like the hat (which is odd because I’m usually not a fan of her hats), and it’s great to see some new jewelry.
UPDATE: Kate’s jewelry is G.Collins & Sons Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant and Tanzanite & Diamond Drop Earrings. The necklace can be seen on their website, and sells for £8,400 (about $12,400 by today’s exchange rate). The earrings are not on their website, but a version of them appears on their Instagram. Kate’s earrings are modified to exclude the three top stones. I’m guessing the earrings would be in the same price range.
[G.Collins & Sons]
Prince William (but really it’s a photo of Kate touching her stomach):
Prince Harry looking all hot and reflexsive (after serving two tours in Afghanistan) in his military uniform (note: Harry is the only royal that is not wearing the Order of the Garter sash, as he is not a member of the order).
Sophie wore a black dress with a white pattern, a black jacket, and black hat. Prince Edward and Prince Andrew are with her in the photo.
Princess Anne, Sophie, and Prince Edward:
UPDATE: Another view of the hat:
There was a wind incident: