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The Queen’s first Platinum Jubilee outfit is an historic style choice

The Queen attended the Trooping of Colour today to open the Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the next four days. She wore a beautiful light blue dress and jacket to mark the occasion. 

Her Majesty wore a light blue Charmelaine wool dress with a jacket that featured pearl and diamante detailing on the neckline and the front side. Her matching blue hat with an upturned brim has the same pearl and diamante detailing as her coat. 

Not surprisingly, the beautiful blue ensemble was designed by Angela Kelly. Kelly is officially known as “Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe)” and plays a substantial role in curating The Queen’s image. 

The dress and coat are particularly notable because The Queen also wore them for her Platinum Jubilee portrait that was released on Wednesday, 1 June. It was shot by Ranald Mackechnie in the Victoria Vestibule at Windsor Castle just last week. In the portrait, she is wearing a two-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings, and her engagement ring. 

She also wore her three-strand pearl necklace, as she very often does. The necklace was a gift from her father, King George VI, and it is one of her favourite pieces of jewellery. For her balcony appearances at Trooping today, she paired the necklace with a pair of pearl stud earrings. 

As she typically does for Trooping, she also wore the Brigade of Guards Brooch. The diamond-encrusted brooch is a combination of the five Household Regiment Badges and represents the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, the Scots Guards, the Welsh Guards, and the Irish Guards. The motto is also included, ‘Quinque Juncta In Uno,’ meaning “five joined as one” in English. 

While the brooch has come to be associated with The Queen, it was actually created for her grandmother, Queen Mary. 

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