To mark The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s 70th Wedding Anniversary, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide.Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will celebrate their Wedding Anniverary on Monday, 20th November 2017.
The portraits, by British photographer Matt Holyoak of Camera Press, were taken in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November.
In this first release, The Queen and His Royal Highness are framed by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1781 portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte, who were married for 57 years. || November 18th, 2017
“… And when the giant clam opened you were standing there dressed only in kelps and weeds of the ocean. And you held in your hand a starfish, and you said, ‘Take, my Queen, this is for you. I bring you the stars, the stars from the borderless sea.”
French ball gown worn by
Queen Maud of Norway, 1900s.
Photo by Frode Larsen. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.
Queen Maud of Norway was renowned for her stylish dress. Daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, she was born a princess and became Queen of Norway in 1905. She had exemplary taste and a strong interest in fashion, and her royal lifestyle required appropriate dress for every occasion. Her wardrobe includes a range of stunning creations dating from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest House of Worth designs purchased just months before her death in 1938.
It may have been the first state banquet at Buckingham Palace for our
president and first lady, but the first state I was in was panic. My
excitement that my husband and I had been invited to join the leader of
the free world and his wife at this historic event gave way to something
else entirely when the very strict protocol for attire arrived (with
only days to plan). White tie and tails for the men. Very formal attire
for the women. To me, this was equivalent to finding a perfect wedding
gown in two days. And, oh yeah, you’ll be meeting the queen of England.
The palace dress requirements say that women’s
gowns must be “structured.” Huh? The bodice must have some sort of
foundation in it, and the skirt must be full. Belle in Beauty and the Beast
immediately comes to mind. Women must wear closed-toed shoes — and get
this: stockings! Sheer disbelief — I don’t even own a pair of sheer