Our Diamond Queen! Monarch shines in white crystal-studded coat and dress handmade by loyal couturier Angela Kelly for royal pageantOutfit handmade by the Queen's in-house couturier Angela KellySwarovski crystal-studded outfit was a year in the making
18:18 GMT, 3 June 2012
Billions of people across the world will be focused on the Queen today as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee with a majestic 1,000-strong river pageant.
As the star of today's spectacular, the Queen made sure to live up to the expectations of her loyal subjects and fans as she stepped on to the Britannia launch today to take her to the royal barge wearing a stunning silver and white coat and hat trimmed with dozens of Swarovski crystals.
The Queen's resplendent outfit has been a year in the planning and was designed by her Majesty's long-serving in-house couturier, Angela Kelly.
The coat, its matching dress and the hat were made by Angela Kelly's small in-house Buckingham Palace team.
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Beaming: The Queen was greeted by Chelsea pensioners as she arrived at Chelsea Pier to board the launch that would take her to the royal barge
Awaiting crew: The Queen walks down the red-carpeted gangway to her launch
The colour scheme was chosen to stand
out against the red, gold and purple hues of the royal barge, The
Spirit of Chartwell, on which the Queen will enjoy an hour and a half
long voyage today.
outfit, created from white boucl and threaded throughout with silk
ribbon, is embroidered with gold, silver and ivory
paillettes and embellished with Swarovski crystals to reflect the
sparkling water of the River Thames. The neckline of the outfit is finished with a silk
organza frill which also runs the length of the garment.
Queen's hat featured a sculptural brim with a sweeping upward curve,
echoing the waves of the water, with the crown of the hat made of the same
material as the coat. Details on the beautiful headpiece include feathers han- dyed in
Buckingham Palace by one of Miss Kelly's team, a sprinkling of yet more
crystals and swathes of pleated ivory organza.
High spirits: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip share a smile as they The Duke of Edinburgh embark from Chelsea Harbour
Red carpet treatment: Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by Chelsea pensioners at Chelsea Pier and smiles as she walks down the red carpet – pageant Master Adrian Evans, the man who has organised much of the event, greeted the royals in turn as they arrived on the upper deck
Warm welcome: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were met at Chelsea Harbour Pier by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
Family affair: Queen Elizabeth (C), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2-L), Prince Charles (L) and other members of the Royal Family traveling aboard the Spirit of Chartwell royal barge
The Queen joined her family on board the lavishly decorated Spirit of Chartwell after a short journey on board the Britannia Launch to reach the spot where the royal barge was moored.
Pageant Master Adrian Evans, the man who has organised much of the event, greeted the royals in turn as they arrived on the upper deck.
Plush red velvet seats with a canopy were in place for the royal party to use.
The first squadron of the flotilla, made up of boats powered by oars or paddles, sped past the royal barge to take up their place ahead of the royal squadron followed by boats carrying flags of all the Commonwealth nations.
Time to sail: The Queen joined her family on board the lavishly decorated Spirit of Chartwell after a short journey on board the Britannia Launch to reach the spot where the royal barge was moored
All eyes on them: Members of the Royal Family (from left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Harry on the Royal Barge
The 1,000-strong flotilla started its journey at Battersea bridge and
will draw to a close at Tower Bridge, where the Royals will have
disembarked to watch the grand finale
Leading the flotilla was a floating belfry sounding a peal of its eight bells, which will be answered by bell towers along the route.
In its wake, the man-powered boats led by royal row barge the Gloriana,
with Sirs Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent leading the oarsmen, the
Diamond Jubilee river pageant began its majestic journey down the
Thames just after 2pm today.
Each has been named after a senior member of the Royal Family with the tenor – the largest – christened Elizabeth and the smallest – the treble – called Henry.
The rowed vessels saluted the Queen by tossing oars – raising their oars in the air – as they passed.
The 1,000 crafts set off at a steady rate of four knots in wave after wave of tugs, steamers, pleasure cruisers, dragon boats and kayaks with the Queen travelling at its heart.
Glittering: The outfit was bedecked with dozens of crystals, the hat with sliver, gold and white paillettes. On her lapel she had pinned a star-shaped diamond brooch
Fit for a Queen: The Queen's pageant outfit,
designed by Angela Kelly, was an ivory dress and coat in white boucle
threaded throughout with silk ribbon and decorated with crystals
Hats off to her! The Queen's hat was decorated with feathers and crystals
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