The entire House of Windsor, including an on-the-mend Prince Philip, gathered at Westminster Abbey today in London for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s 60th Anniversary coronation service. The Duke of Edinburgh had to bow out of an engagement last night after feeling “unwell.”
Sunday marked 60 years since the Queen was crowned at the Abbey, more than a year after she acceded to the throne following the untimely death of her father, King George VI.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due mid-July, wore a darling bespoke ensemble by Jenny Packham (courtesy: Grazia) with a Jane Taylor cocktail hat. HRH paired this head accessory with a lace Alexander McQueen dress at last year’s Diamond Jubilee service. Catherine’s earrings, the Daily Mail reports, may have been a wedding gift from Prince Charles.
Because Catherine is made of angel tears and fairy dust, she managed to put on her LK Bennett “Sledge” heels without so much as a swollen ankle.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex looked elegant as hell in Bruce Oldfield with a Jane Taylor hat (thanks to @AnnieElizabethN for that). Sophie is said to have a fantastic relationship with Her Majesty, riding along to church with the Queen every Christmas while the other royals hoof it.
Princess Beatrice stepped up her game in what I believe is a Roland Mouret design, and Princess Eugenie looked very put-together in a Burberry outfit topped off with a Robyn Coles hat.
The abbey’s account tweeted that St. Edward’s Crown, which stays in the Tower of London full-time, was placed at the High Alter for the first time since the 1953 coronation.