Monday, June 11, 2012

God Save The Queen: The Diamond Jubilee

      The Queen's 60 year reign certainly did not go unnoticed as the world celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II recently.   Even the famous graffiti artist, Banksy, commemorated Her Majesty by creating an art piece that appeared overnight on a white wall in Bristol, portraying her with an Aladin Sane flash across her face.

      The Monarch greeted millions of people who were lining the banks of the River Thames in a Swarovsky crystal-incrusted white boucle coat with a ruched ribbon fastening that Angela Kelly, the Queen's Senior Dresser, designed over the course of a year.  Her small in-house Buckingham Palace team   made this white outfit specifically to stand-out from the red, purple and gold barge.  

    Her Majesty's monochromatic style has not changed over the years - same hemline, same Launer of London solid black leather handbag and same sensible black shoes (broken in by someone else of course).  The only change is the color.  Vogue studied this style evolution and made a chart of The Queen's outfits to figure out her favourite color.  

            The Vogue study showed that the Queen prefers wearing blue and also likes to wear floral prints.   At the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup race on Derby Day, she combined both of her favourite things!  

     Many fans were betting which dress Kate Middleton would be recycling for the Diamond Jubilee weekend, and she surprised everyone instead by wearing a dress from a Alexander McQueen's past season - Pre-Fall 2011 to be exact.  What's even more shocking is that the fire hydrant pleated dress was previously worn by Tulisa Contostavlos, while judging on The X Factor, and by Kim Kardashian to go grocery shopping.  For the conclusion of the weekend-long celebration, the Duchess of Cambridge wore another Alexander McQueen, a custom-made nude long sleeve lace dress embellished by a grosgrain waistband.  

    Pippa Middleton was also very fashionable, sporting a nautical-inspired outfit for the 1000-strong Diamond Jubilee boat pageant. The Duchess' sister wore a navy and off-white jacket with a matching pleated skirt from Milly.  However, she was not allowed to steal the spotlight, unlike the Royal Wedding's "All Hail Pippa's Bum" phenomenon, as she traveled on the lower deck of The Elizabethan.   

       The celebrations also included a star-studded concert in front of the Buckingham Palace.  Jessie J performed her hit 'Domino' in a sparkling gold, red, silver and royal blue sheer gown embellished by a hi-low train of blue feathers from Falguni and Shane Peacock's Spring 2012 collection. Cheryl Cole also performed wearing a black strapless sequin mermaid gown with an ombre train and velvet details from Eva Minge's Spring 2012 couture collection.

       This second Diamond Jubilee in the entire history of England was quite fashionable and we can conclusively say that the new British invasion of the fashion world is much more promising than when the Spice Girls were taking over!

Sources: The Guardian, Maclean's, Daily Mail, The Daily BeastTelegraph, Vogue, The Christian Post, CelebEdge, Fashion, RCFA & Mirror

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