Queen Elizabeth II has just reached an important milestone. She has been sitting on the throne for longer than her Great Grandmother Queen Victoria, who managed 63 years too, (but less days).
Good on you, Ma’am.
In 2007 she and Prince Philip celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Buckingham Palace released this charming photograph (below right) taken at Broadlands, in Hampshire, where they had previously posed for the engagement announcement.
It is a great achievement to stay married to the same person for 60 years (68 now) too. This is a woman who is constant through and through. What is also interesting is that both of them are wearing similar outfits (apparently not deliberately planned).
The Duke of Edinburgh has filled out a little, lost some hair, and is still somewhat awkward with a photographer. He wears a suit and tie, one button done up (correctly), a classic silk tie in a lighter shade, and pocket handkerchief. The Queen is also stouter than her younger self, but she has continued with a similar style. A high necked blouse, a buttoned jacket with set in sleeves and a face framing collar, and simple classic jewellry – studs in her ears, two strands of natural pearls and an oval brooch. Both jackets evidently tailored made; the fit is good. Even her hairstyle is similar – off the face, curled at the neckline and probably set and sprayed.
When Queen Elizabeth was youthful she wore some beautiful clothes. Here is a gorgeous image from 1954 in which she wears, I think, a dark silk dress with gathered skirt and yoke. The white shoes, gloves and bag worn with a sweet hat make this dress look smart and comfortable in the high heat.
Here, at her sister’s wedding in 1960, she looks amazing in a tightly fitted full length dress with matching bolero and elbow length gloves. I love the hat especially. But of course it was rather an old fashioned look at the time.
And here is one where she has adopted some of the 1960s styling. Maybe it’s that engagement brooch again, matched with a sapphire blue velvet pleated hat. I really like this silver dress with matching simple coat, worn with fashionable shoes. These days the Queen always wears black shoes and a black bag (I am guessing she has several identical pairs, and ditto with her bags). Maybe a bit dressy for watching the horses, but the public would expect the Queen to stand out in a crowd.
I have decided to stop blogging everyday, so from next week I am going to skip Sundays. Day of Rest if you like. And maybe one day in the week. I’ll see how I go.