Majestic Queen looking mint in crystal-studded coat and dress designed by long-serving couturier Angela Kelly
15:19 GMT, 5 June 2012
The Queen looked utterly majestic this morning as she arrived at St Paul's for her thanksgiving service to the sound of pealing cathedral bells and a sea of waving Union flags. Looking delighted by the scenes, beaming as she waved at the sea of smiling faces.
With Prince Philip in hospital received Met by the Lord Mayor, the Queen ascended the steps of the cathedral alone.
For this auspicious occasion, only the second time in history a British royal has celebrated a Diamond Jubilee, the Queen chose another outfit designed by her long-serving in-house couturier, Angela Kelly.
The outfit, one of a succession designed by Ms Kelly for the Jubilee weekend, was made of fine silk tulle, embroidered with tiny mint green star-shaped flowers embellished with silver thread.
The pretty outfit featured a mint green chiffon drape, scattered with Swarovski crystals on the shoulders. The crown of the hat was covered in the same tulle and was also draped in mint green chiffon and Swarovski crystals.
The monarch wore her favourite three-string pearl necklace which she matched with pearls at her ears.
On her lapel, she wore a diamond brooch cut from the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond, which was cut into nine stones. Two of those stones were made into the impressive brooch displayed this summer in an exhibition at Buckingham Palace and worn by the Queen today.
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Trusted designer: The Queen's long-serving couturier Angela Kelly designed the monarch's spectacular outfit today, a vision in mint green with glittering crystals and flowing chiffon
Perfection: The Queen's glorious green hat was dotted with Swarovski crystals and swathed in layers of tulle to match the trim on her coat
Accompanied in her car by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Queen showed no sign of the emotion she must be feeling at the absence of Prince Philip, who is in hospital receiving treatment for a bladder infection.
Prince Harry travelled in the car along with his father and the Queen, while arriving at St Paul's just ahead of the Queen were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who waved from the windows of their own car at the enthusiastic throngs.
The Lord Mayor greeted the Queen at the door of St Paul's, meeting her, as befits tradition, holding a pearl sword.
The rest of the Royal family gathered inside the cathedral from 9.30am this morning as they waited for the Monarch to appear.
Outside St Paul's, thousands of well-wishers waved Union flags as they waited to greet the Queen today.
Earlier, David and Samantha Cameron made their way into the cathedral, along with with Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, wearing a fuchsia dress.
The Lord Mayor of London in his full finery was joined by London's two Sheriffs.
THE QUEEN'S DAZZLING DIAMOND BROOCH
The Queen wore gems cut from the world's largest diamond on her lapel today
As she attended the final day of
Jubilee celebrations the Queen sported an impressive piece from her
extensive jewellery collection. Pinned to the lapel of her Angela Kelly-designed outfit was a dazzling brooch, containing gems weighing 94.4 carats and 63.3 carats.
It was crafted from the world's largest diamond – the Cullinan diamond., which was mined in 1905 in South Africa. Following its discovery it
was split into nine stones and two of those were fashioned into the
eye-catching accessory. All
the items – worn regularly by the Queen over the past six decades – use
gems cut from the incomparable Cullinan Diamond. And the priceless
collection’s history is all the more incredible given the history behind
diamond was discovered, it looked nothing more than a worthless crystal –
so much so that the manager of the Premier mine near Pretoria, South
Africa, threw it out as rubbish. It
was only on closer inspection that staff were persuaded the piece of
rock could be a genuine diamond. In fact it turned out to be three times
larger than anything discovered before.
the stone was entrusted to the celebrated firm of IJ Asscher of
Amsterdam. It was too large to be cut into a single gem, so cleaving –
or sawing – was necessary. The first blow broke the knife and the diamond remained intact. A second attempt split it in two.
months of grinding and polishing followed, with the result of nine
principal numbered stones, 96 small brilliants and nine carats of
unpolished fragments. The total weight of the gems cut from the Cullinan was 1,055.8 carats. In
1909 the two largest gems – the biggest colourless and flawless cut
diamonds in the world – were formally presented to King Edward VII at
Windsor Castle and were eventually set at the head of the Sovereign’s
Sceptre and in the Imperial State Crown. Both are on display at the Tower of London and will not be in the new exhibition.
other seven were mounted for Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary – the
King’s wife and daughter-in-law – to create some of the most dazzling
pieces of jewellery in the royal collection. Now those jewels are to be shown together for the first time.
The seven stones are contained in five pieces of jewellery. A brooch
containing two stones – the 94.4 carat Cullinan III and 63.3 carat
Cullinan IV; a second heart-shaped brooch containing Cullinan V, which
weighs 18.8 carats; the Delhi Durbar necklace from which Cullinan VII
hangs in a pendant; a third brooch containing Cullinan VI and Cullinan
VIII; and a platinum ring featuring the smallest of the nine stones, 4.4
carat Cullinan IX.
said that the value of the Cullinan Diamond was impossible to calculate
as there has never been a gem like it in terms of size, clarity and
colour. The jewellery made from it is equally ‘priceless’, not least due
to its impeccable royal provenance. However,
based on a 250 carat diamond that is currently for sale at an estimated
500,000 per carat, the jewellery could be worth anything from
78million for the Cullinan III and IV brooch, 9.4million for the
Cullinan V brooch, 4.4million for the Cullinan VII, 5.7million for
the Cullinan VI and VIII and 2.2million for the Cullinan IX.
The Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration exhibition will be held from June 30 to July 8 and from July 31 to October 7
After the service the Queen left to attend a reception at Mansion House while other senior royals including Charles and Camilla went to a similar event at the Guildhall
In mint condition: The Queen waves as she
arrives in a limousine with one her ladies in waiting, Diana Marion, The
Lady Farnham who replaces Prince Philip
The royal procession: Prince Harry, the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Camilla, and the Queen make their
way the length of the cathedral ahead of the service of Thanksgiving
Excitement mounts: Spectators wait outside St Paul's today to greet the
Queen, who will give a thanksgiving speech she wrote yesterday
London at its best: The Mall decked out with flags this morning ahead of the thanksgiving service at St Paul's today
The nation will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at a service of thanksgiving today, but missing from the Queen's side will be the Duke of Edinburgh.
Philip is being treated in hospital for a bladder infection and will not be part of a series of events today, planned to mark the Queen's 60-year milestone.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will give the sermon at the St Paul's Cathedral thanksgiving service and is expected to pay tribute to the Queen.
Gathered will be leading national figures and members of the Royal Family including Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Prime Minister David Cameron will lead the large representation from the coalition Government and other figures will include governor generals, diplomats and foreign leaders.
After the service the Queen will attend a reception at Mansion House while other senior royals including Charles and Camilla will attend a similar event at the Guildhall. At both events will be members of the thanksgiving congregation.
The Queen and her family will then attend a City of London Livery companies lunch at Westminster Hall – The Livery Companies of the City of London originated in medieval times as Guilds responsible for trade regulation, including checking the quality of goods, weights and measures and training.
Today the companies use their funds to undertake charitable and community work.
Some 700 guests representing the companies’ abundant trades and professions, ranging from grocers and gunmakers to fruiterers and fishmongers, will join for the tribute.
A TRIUMPH! LIZ JONES' FASHION VERDICT ON THE ROYALS TODAY
Seal of approval: Liz deemed today's Jubilee outfits a triumph
Well, today the boats were well and
truly pushed out. For the service at St Paul’s the Queen wore a soft
mint coat dress: as for the flotilla on Sunday, it is again designed by
her dresser, Angela Kelly. It is of silk tulle, embroidered with
flowers, using silver thread. A chiffon drape is a lovely, soft touch:
it is studded with Swarovski crystals, and a matching drape adorns the
The Duchess of
Cambridge’s nude lace dress by Sarah Burton for McQueen was tailored
perfectly to fit her figure – the hem a tad longer than the red dress
for the flotilla on the Thames – and while I loved it, the fastening of
the belt, seemingly made from bias binding, is a little disappointing.
Kate (and Sarah Burton) need to understand that the Duchess will often
be seen from behind, and therefore the detailing needs to be beautiful:
pearls or diamonds, with hand embroidered loops, not just a hook and
And I do want to
wrestle Kate out of her platform patent pumps from LK Bennett. She needs
delicate lace shoes, encrusted with pearls, by Manolo Blahnik, say, or
an English shoe couturier, such as Georgina Goodman. The platform is a
little too casual for such a formal occasion.
Kate still looked stunning, especially as her eye make-up has been
softened: I love the subtle veil over her eyes, on a hat by her
favourite milliner, Jane Taylor: 790, available on the milliner’s
The real surprise
of the day was that both Beatrice and Eugenie looked fresh, young and
appropriate. Beatrice wore a blue and white striped coatdress by London
Fashion Week designer Kinder Aggugini. Italian born, he studied at St
Martin’s, and learned his craft on Savile Row and working for designers
including Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano.
dress was teamed with tan stilettos by Gina, a Stephen Jones hat and a
Lemaresca bag, made by sisters Giulia and Cecilia Maresca, who worked at
Tod’s and Vivienne Westwood before striking out on their own. This rock
and roll bag label is made from start to finish in Italy, not merely
‘finished’ there, as so many are these days. This bag would have cost
Eugenie chose a royal purple dress by Suzannah (her lovely, small
boutique is at 6 Bristol Gardens, in Little Venice); a Stephen Jones
hat; Gina nude stilettos and a Loro Piana bag. I am starting to love
these two young women: they champion brand new talent, know how to mix
and match different labels, and have the good sense to wear Gina shoes,
which are expensive but super stylish and comfy. Kate should follow
suit, and abandon those high street platforms. She has such great legs:
she really could take a dagger heel.
Cameron wore a rose print dress by Paul Smith that we’ve seen before,
but at least she wore a hat, by Stephen Jones. The Duchess of Cornwall
wore a graphic, basket weave coat by Bruce Oldfield, and a ginormous
Philip Treacy hat. Both items tell me she is feeling much more
confident, starting to abandon those safe creams. All in all, a triumph.
VIDEO: Key moments from the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral