The final night of the Royal Windsor Horse Show took place last night. The event was extra special this year because it was in honor of Queen Elizabeth‘s 90th birthday. In honor of HM’s birthday, many, many royals turned out to watch the show with the Queen.
The Queen – in a sea green dress with lace overlay and matching jacket by Angela Kelly, and her Turquoise and Diamond Brooch – was greeted by Prince Charles upon arrival.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was there in a cream dress and embroidered coat by Fiona Clare. She also wore her pink topaz and diamond pearl choker.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge got to sit next to Prince Philip.
Prince William and Prince Harry were there in their Windsor Uniforms. Philip also wore the uniform. The Windsor Uniform – a dark blue jacket with red collar and cuffs – was introduced by George III in 1779 and is now worn by male members of the royal family only at Windsor Castle.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie got to sit behind the Queen (and the King of Bahrain) in the royal box.
Prince Edward, Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Anne, and Zara Phillips all rode in the show.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn sat in the box.
The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations told the story of HM’s life from birth in 1926 through the years until present day.
The show featured 1,599 performers and over 900 horses. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery were among the performers, and music was provided by The Household Cavalry Mounted Bands, The Band of the Irish Guards, and The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra. The show was prodcast on ITV and included many celebrities.
Kate wore a rather heavy-looking (compared to the lace dress Kate wore underneath) jacket from Zara, the “Blazer with Back Pleat” (99.90). Underneath, Kate wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress, the “Cotton-blend lace dress” ($5,995). The dress has that dust ruffle bottom tier thing that the Erdem gown had that I didn’t like. I just don’t think the dust ruffle tier looks good.
Kate wore the Queen’s diamond chandelier earrings that she’s worn several times now. She also carried a black clutch and black shawl.
I’m not a fan of this look; I just don’t think these pieces go together. The jacket seems too heavy for the lace, the shawl seems unnecessary, and the color combination is odd to me. At first I thought maybe Kate chose this particular color combination as an attempt to echo the Windsor Uniform that William was wearing, but the Windsor Uniform is blue, not black. So this color combination means nothing, and this outfit is just a hodge-podge of pieces.
Some of the celebrities who took part in the show included Helen Mirren (in a gorgeous teal gown from the Jenny Packham AW15 pre-collection), Katherine Jenkins, and Kylie Minogue.
Here’s a funny photo of the Queen arriving in the carriage while seemingly wearing (because of the angle of the photo) a tiny crown.