The British Royal Family came out to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II‘s 90th birthday with a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral today, June 10, including favorites: Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Today is also Prince Philip‘s 95th birthday.
Over 2,000 people from the worlds of politics and religion, ordinary citizens, and 53 royal family members gathered in St Paul’s for a service which featured a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as well as prayers spoken by a 90-year-old Welsh widow who was born on the same day as the Queen.
Welby said in part:
“Ninety years ago, Her Majesty The Queen was born. […] No one at the Queen’s birth knew for what she was destined. Today we recognise that God knew. […] Your Majesty, today we rejoice for the way in which God’s loving care has fearfully and wonderfully sustained you – as well as Prince Philip marking his 95th birthday today. And we rejoice, Your Majesty, for the way in which the life God has given you in turn you have given wonderfully in service to this nation. You have been an instrument of God’s peace, and through you God has so often turned fear into wonder – and joy.”
I love it when the Queen wears yellow; she looks so bright and cheery. HM wore an Angela Kelly primrose yellow A-line coat with diamanté stones and matching dress and hat. She wore a big brooch, too: Queen Mary’s diamond Richmond brooch with a large center pearl.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall of course attended. For some reason the Merry Wives of Windsor all wore the same light blue/gray color (I wonder if it was intentional). Camilla starts us off in this repeated light blue Bruce Oldfield outfit and Philip Treacy hat, which she paired with her pearl choker and small diamond clasp and sapphire and diamond dragonfly brooches.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry arrived together. Kate is the second Windsor wife in light blue. Kate wore a new bespoke light blue Catherine Walker coat with white lace embroidery, and paired it with a white Jane Taylor hat which she previously wore to Princess Charlotte’s Christening.
Kate accessorized with her LK Bennett “Nina” clutch and Gianvito Rossi nude suede pumps which she first wore to the BP Garden Party in May. She wore her aquamarine and diamond earrings she’s worn several times, and a new aquamarine and diamond pendant necklace.
Here is Prince Andrew with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Eugenie looks absolutely stunning in her Eponine London red dress with cutouts at the collar and a full skirt. And the headband bow is cute, but not too cutesy. This is the best I’ve ever seen her look.
Beatrice wore a black and white coat from Burberry (£2,995) which I’m not hating. But I love Eugenie’s look.
The entire Wessex family came out, which I think is a first for an event such as this: Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn. Sophie is the third and final Wife of Windsor in this light blue/gray color. Sophie wore a new bespoke Suzannah coat and Jane Taylor hat.
Louise wore a new pink coat from Zara, and a white headband from Jane Taylor.
Zara Phillips Tindall, accompanied by her husband Mike Tindall, wore a blue and black floral Erdem dress ($325.00). Y’all know how much I hate Erdem, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Peter Phillips‘ wife Autumn Phillips on the other hand looked amazing in her green Suzannah “Kaleidoscope” dress (£445.00). I don’t even mind the feather-y hat.
Here’s Lord Frederick Windsor with his wife, Lady Frederick Windsor, and sister, Lady Gabriella Windsor.
After the Service at St. Paul’s, HM, Philip, Charles, and Camilla attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, while the rest of the Windsors attended a lunch at Guildhall.
We have an update in the “George is a monster/Charlotte is a saint” Cambridge children narrative! In the past, William has said Princess Charlotte is “a little joy of heaven” and is “ladylike”, but now Kate is saying that Charlotte’s ladylike facade hides a feisty little girl.
“Kate, 34, was chatting to Glynis Double, whose husband, Paul, as the City’s Remembrancer, is in charge of protocol.
“Mrs Double said afterwards: ‘The Duchess was saying how happy she was to be here and how lovely the service was. As a mum myself I asked her about her children and said what a pretty little thing we all thought Princess Charlotte was.
“‘She said: ‘Oh she is very cute but she has got quite a feisty side’. I then asked her about George and she said he was a really lovely little boy. She said she hopes that George will keep Charlotte in order.'”
Princess Anne wore a repeated yellow and brown coat.
Here is the Duchess of Gloucester.
Here’s a video from today’s event.
I’ll leave you with a photo of Kate curtsying, because photos of people curtsying amuse me.