Resplendent in pink: Queen shines in fuchsia suit as she attends Westminster Abbey with Prince Philip today

Resplendent in pink: Queen shines in fuchsia as she attends Westminster Abbey with Prince Philip

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19:03 GMT, 12 March 2012

Attending Westminster Abbey this afternoon for the annual Commonwealth Observance ceremony, the Queen looked nothing short of majestic.

She wore a bespoke pink dress with matching cashmere wool coat by designer Peter Enirone, which was set off perfectly by a hat created for her by her valued in-house couturier, Angela Kelly.

At her neck was a triple string of pearls, at her ears, large single pearls. On her lapel was pinned an intricate diamond brooch.

Resplendent in pink: The Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Abbey to attend the annual Commonwealth Day Observance Service today

Resplendent in pink: The Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Abbey to attend the annual Commonwealth Day Observance Service today

All in all, the effect was dazzling, and just what one would expect from the Head of the Commonwealth at such an
important occasion.

The Queen was in attendance at the Abbey today in her official capacity not only as the Commonwealth's head but also as the head of state of 15 Commonwealth realms.

Her Majesty gave an
address to the multi-faith congregation as part of a larger
service with a 'Connecting Cultures' theme that the Commonwealth Society said would 'explore the golden
threads that tie together people from every continent, faith and
ethnicity' using a fusion of world music, dance and personal testimonies.

Resplendent in pink: The Queen arrives at Westminster Abbey today

The Queen at today's service

Resplendent in pink: The Queen arrives for the annual Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey today, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh

Dazzling: The Queen smiled broadly as she was greeted by church dignitaries

Dazzling: The Queen smiled broadly as she was greeted by church dignitaries

The Queen leaves Westminster Abbey with the Very Reverend Dr John Hall (fifth right), the Dean of Westminster after today's ceremony

The Queen leaves Westminster Abbey with the Very Reverend Dr John Hall (fifth right), the Dean of Westminster after today's ceremony

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also attended the service, which had a theme of Connecting Cultures

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also attended the service, which had a theme of Connecting Cultures

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a vibrant purple dress and jacket suit with a Philip Treacy feathered hat, and accessorised with floral brooches

The Countess of Wessex wore a taupe silk coat over a black dress, set off with a stunning feathered hat

The Duchess of Cornwall wore a vibrant purple dress and jacket with a Philip Treacy hat, while the Countess of Wessex wore a taupe silk coat over a black dress, set off with a stunning feathered hat

As for that hot pink tone, for many
it would be a bold choice. The Queen though is no stranger to top-to-toe
fuchsia, and has worn it on many occasions to great effect.

Just last week she wowed crowds in
Leicester last week on the first leg of her Diamond Jubilee tour when
she outshone the Duchess of Cambridge in a bright pink dress and coat.

And at Christmas, the Queen attended a
church service wearing a hot pink coat and carrying an umbrella trimmed
with the same hot pink tone created for her bespoke by East London firm
Fulton.

PRETTY IN PINK: THE QUEEN'S COLOURFUL PAST

Today's head-to-toe hot pink is not an unusual choice for the Queen. It is a colour that she has worn to great effect on countless previous occasions. Here are some of her best pink outfits…

Wowing the crowds on the first day of her Diamond Jubilee tour last week (and outshining the Duchess of Cambridge at the same time)

Pairing a bright pink wool coat with a warm fur hat on a trip to a museum in Riga, Latvia in 2009

Wowing the crowds on the first day of her Diamond Jubilee tour last week (and outshining the Duchess of Cambridge at the same time)

Visiting the Queen Mary II liner at Southampton port in 2004

Visiting the Queen Mary II liner at Southampton port in 2004

At a Golden Jubilee garden party in 2002

On a visit to Blois in France wearing an outfit designed by Ian Thomas

Left, at a Golden Jubilee garden party in 2002, and right, on a visit to Blois in France wearing an outfit designed by Ian Thomas