Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: Northern Ireland tour

27 June 2014 - 03:10pm
Edited by Jessica Hope
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The Queen and Prince Philip made another historic trip to Northern Ireland recently and this edition of the Royal Fashion Round-up will look at Her Majesty’s outfits for the trip. The links throughout the article will take you to Royal Central’s coverage of the visit.

On the first day of their trip, The Queen chose to wear a bright blue coat and dress. The coat has five large buttons and no collar, making a very simple piece. The dress was similarly plain, yet had two stripes of lighter blue fabric at a slant on the arms. Her hat matched with ruched ribbon around the sides and crossed over at the front.


Her Majesty wore her Shamrock brooch with this outfit, which included three simple silver shamrocks tied with an emerald tie. It could be that this piece, only worn twice before during the past two years, was a gift for The Queen during her last trip to Northern Ireland in 2012, but it has not been confirmed yet.

The second day in Northern Ireland saw The Queen and Philip visit the Game of Thrones set in Belfast. The Queen looked sunny in a yellow ensemble; her coat was in a boucle material, without a collar and with simple buttons donned the front. Her Majesty’s hat was rather fun; the base was in the same boucle material, but with yellow petals sweeping across from the left. She teamed this outfit with white gloves and black handbag for her accessories.

Her Majesty’s brooch was Queen Victoria’s Jubilee brooch, which features scrolls of diamonds around a sizeable central pearl. There is a chain of diamonds and a pear-drop pearl which is detachable, however The Queen rarely wears it with the chain. The piece was made by Garrard for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and was a gift from her personal staff. It was a favourite of The Queen Mother’s, who was often being seen wearing it along with the chain! It was left to the Crown by Queen Victoria, so it should have passed to the new Queen in 1952, but The Queen Mother held onto it until her death 59 years later.

At the luncheon, The Queen removed her coat and revealed her dress. It was a bright yellow piece with a white, grey and black flower print. It also had 3/4 sleeves and a scoop neckline.



For an engagement at Hillsborough Castle, The Queen changed into a pale pink ensemble. The coat, from Stewart Parvin, was another very simple piece, in a mottled fabric with just a few large buttons down the front and two pockets. The dress, a pink piece with a large flower pattern in orange and dark pink, was from the same maker. Her Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat was a robust piece, large with ribbons arranged into an elegant bow, with a central flower. White gloves and black handbag were the finishing touches to this outfit.


The Queen used a brooch from Queen Alexandra from a set bought by the future Edward VII for their wedding in 1863. The set included a tiara, necklace, earrings and brooch, however the tiara no longer exists. The brooch features a large central pearl with a smaller one either side in a diamond set circular framework, which mimics the shape of the pearls. There are three pearl pendants hanging from the brooch which are detachable, as is the central pearl with surround of diamonds. The Queen rarely wears this brooch though, favouring the earrings instead.

The final day of engagements saw Her Majesty appear in an ice blue outfit. The coat was another v-neck style, which allowed us to see her dress underneath, which was in the same colour with a white and grey floral pattern. The coat had buttons on the pockets, sleeves and the fasten at the front of the coat. The Queen’s hat had a matching wide pale blue brim, but the cap was white in a textured style, with the ribbon in the same blue. There was also a bow included for decoration but no flower this time. 


The brooch for this ensemble was from Bronte Porcelain. It is a new piece which looks like snowdrops, or perhaps a sprig of shamrock, which would be appropriate on tour in Northern Ireland. The picture below gives a close-up view of the brooch and the hat.

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Pictures with thanks to @Mo_Holland

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  • Emily Elizabeth Windsor-Cragg

    By the Grace of our Lords and God, does anybody believe that these “threads” have anything to do with “Leadership”? The “cyndomium collonis” is what Her Majesty is supposed to wear under Royal Robes–just as a priest wears an “alb” under his “chasible” in order to minister to the people. She seems to forget, she’s head of the Church, head of the civil behavioral Code of Jesus of Nazareth, of behavior befitting a civil people. What a farce has been created in the name of Sovereign Kingdom.

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