Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall led the British Royal turnout for the second day of Queen Elizabeth II‘s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebrations as The Queen pulled out late last night due to “discomfort” and “mobility issues”. Charles and Camilla, along with Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge, were joined by many family members for a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.Embed from Getty Images
I’m including coverage of the event from Town & Country:
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As he has done so many times in recent months, Prince Charles stepped in for his mother for “The Queen’s Procession” down the aisle of the cathedral. He had been expected to walk side by side with her—perhaps originally planned so that she could take his arm while making her way to her seat but in a move that would have been another reminder of the way in which he now stands alongside her in sharing many the sovereign’s responsibilities. Instead, he walked shoulder to shoulder with his future queen Camilla with Prince William and Kate behind—another of so many visuals showing us what the future will look like.
But if there were those poised to suggest that the future is already with us, they would have been chastened by the Archbishop of York’s sermon at the service in which he somewhat boldly described the Queen as “still in the saddle.” Referencing the Queen’s love of horse racing, he said, “Your Majesty, we’re sorry you’re not with us this morning in person, but you are still in the saddle. And we are all glad that there is still more to come.” He also referenced the fact that the 96-year-old Queen was watching the service on television from Windsor Castle, something a royal aide had confirmed was the case ahead of time.
The mood at the service was convivial but also thoughtful. “We gather today in great rejoicing to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, but we do it against a backdrop of such suffering and uncertainty in our world,” the Archbishop said.T&C
Here is a short video of the ceremony. The ceremony itself is copyright BBC so I can’t find a livestream. But this is a link to the PDF of the Order of Service.
Here is a video of some of the arrivals.
A sweet moment during the arrivals was when Charles blew Kate a kiss.
As The Queen was absent, we’ll begin our discussion of fashion with Camilla. She wore this ivory and gold embroidered coatdress by Fiona Clare with a hat by Philip Treacy. Charles was in a morning suit with all his medals and orders.
I think Camilla looks lovely here – this is probably one of my favorite hats from her; it’s really nice.Embed from Getty Images
Kate wore a new lemon yellow dress by Emilia Wickstead with a fabric detail under the bust, and paired it with a Philip Treacy hat. William (not pictured) also wore a morning suit and his few medals.
If this dress hadn’t had the detailing under the bust, I think I would have disliked this, but I enjoy this one actually. The fabric detail gives it some flair.
There earrings are where it’s at, though, because I’m a sucker for The Queen’s diamonds. Kate brought out the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings she’s worn a few times over the years.Embed from Getty Images
The Wessexes and Anne were also in attendance. L-R: James, Viscount Severn; Prince Edward; Princess Anne; Sir Tim Laurence; The Countess of Wessex; Lady Louise.
The other working royals in attendance were the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (I love this dress with the teal hat)…Embed from Getty Images
… And the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.Embed from Getty Images
Prince Harry and The Duchess of Sussex were also in attendance. Meghan wore a Dior trench coat. I don’t dislike this but I do think it makes her look larger than she is. If the collar had been a slight bit more open and less restrictive I think it would have been perfect. I like the 3/4 sleeves.Embed from Getty Images
Here is a close up of Meghan’s earrings and hat, both of which I love. Meghan wore her Maison Birks “Snowstorm Diamond Earrings in White Gold” that she debuted in 2018 and has worn several times since. The hat is by Stephen Jones.Embed from Getty Images
The York girls were there with their husbands. Princess Beatrice wore this nice blue number, and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wore a yellow vest. Princess Eugenie was very… pumpkin-y in a bright orange dress and a black hat. Her husband Jack Brooksbank wore a navy vest.Embed from Getty Images
Anne’s children Peter Phillips, Mike and Zara Tindall. And that’s Lord Linley (Margaret’s son) in the back there.Embed from Getty Images
Zara posed for the cameras with Sophie Winkleman, Lord Frederick Windsor’s wife. I think they both look fantastic.Embed from Getty Images
Lady Sarah Chatto was also in attendance. She is Princess Margaret’s daughter.Embed from Getty Images
I think that’s everyone I want to cover for today. I’ll leave you with a few more photos. Oh! I should probably throw a photo of William in here since I didn’t include him above. Here you go, William, you exist now.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images