Royal Chameleon…

Britain is known for its rich history spanning back hundreds of thousands of years. We have had lots of Kings, Queens and extended Royal Family. Over the years Royal style has changed a lot, from decadent materials accessories with Gold and Precious Stones, to military uniforms and now, most commonly seen, designer outfits. At school I was never interested in history and being surrounded by it I took it for guaranteed, now I am fascinated with our history in bite size pieces.

I am now going to take you on a short journey through the Royal dress on Britain.
King Henry the 8th
Leggings, hat and cape style robe adorned with gold jewellery. King Henry the 8th is one of the most famous Kings, mostly known for the vast number of wives he killed.
Queen Mary I
In stark contrast we see Queen Mary the 1st wearing much more understated style of clothing but still with medals and decadent in the use of sequins, embroidery and heavily jewelled.

King George III
A very rich decadent outfit which looks like fur, curtain tassel’s and again jewels.
Queen Victoria
I love these photos, I really want to what she is looking at in the corner. I love how the photo was taken as a profile shot. The clothing is typical of the era, with a corset with the use of lace and rich velvet, and of course the crown and jewellery.
EDWARD VII
A Navy uniform with feather hat and all of Edwards medals on show. These style of outfits are still seen on Phillip, Charles, William and Harry today.

GEORGE VI
The photo of George VI coronation, where you can see him wearing the same necklace style of jewels that King Henry the VIII wore.
ELIZABETH II
Of course a young Queen Elizabeth II, she is wearing dress that is typical of the 1950’s era. The Queen is infamous for surporting British designers such as Hardy Aimes, Hat designers Simone Mirman, Freddie Fox.

Kate Middleton
One of Kate’s favourite designers is Alexander McQueen, who she worn 3 days in a row for the Jubilee and famously her wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Prince Willaim
For formal occasions such as wedding, jubilee and other public occasions William will wear traditional dress such as formal Navy Uniform or RAF uniform. Kate has been seen shopping in high street shops such as Gant and Zara for Prince William, his suits are made by Gieves and Hawkes which is of course found on Savile Row.

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Pomp and Pagentry

So its back to the grind after a wonderful 4 day weekend where we showed the world how we throw a British Party. No-one can do pomp and pageantry like us, with our rich history, beautiful streets, cities and party planning skills, we are a forced to be reckoned with. The thing that I loved the most about the weekend was seeing all the different sorts of uniforms we have, from the Beefeater’s to the Thin blue line and back to the place guards, I was in ore of them and wanted to find out a bit more about them so here we go.
Beefeater’s
The Tower of London is guarded by a group of uniformed people officially called Yeomen Warders, but more popularly known by the nickname Beefeater’s.
Henry VIII formed a special body of King’s Yeomen and given a unique uniform that included the royal livery. Nearly half a millennium later they still exist in the form of 38 Yeomen Warders (36 normal Warders, the Chief Yeoman Warder and a Yeoman Gaoler) whose everyday blue uniform was created in 1858, but derived from Henry’s original.
 
Irish Guards
Like the other Guards regiments, the “Home Service Dress” of the Irish Guards is a scarlet tunic and bearskin. Buttons are worn in two rows of four, reflecting the regiment’s position as the fourth most senior Guards regiment, and the collar is adorned with a shamrock on either side. They also sport a St. Patrick’s blue plume on the right side of the bearskin. The colours of the tactical recognition flash, blue, red and blue, stand for “The water we crossed, the blood we shed, the sky we fought under. These are the guys that famously stand outside Buckingham Palace, an don’t even blink when you pull funny faces at them.
Household Cavalry
The second unit is the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) equipped with horses. It is their unique privilege to meet the requirement to carry out mounted and some dismounted ceremonial duties on State and Royal occasions which include the provision of a Sovereign’s Escort most commonly seen at The Queen’s Birthday Parade in June each year and at this years Diamond Jubilee. Other occasions include Sovereign’s Escorts for Her Majesty The Queen during State Visits by visiting Heads of State, and as required by Her Majesty anywhere in the Kingdom. They maintain a world-famous tradition dating back to 1660. A unique job calls for special soldiers: young men who can adapt themselves to the added responsibility and variety that a career in the Household Cavalry offers.
Mason House
Pike Men were seen to be the biggest and strongest soldiers. They considered themselves the elite because guns were still relatively new as a reliable weapon, but the pike was an ancient weapon. In our period, though, the pike was becoming old-fashioned, and it would soon be consigned to ceremonials and history. It was, however, the best defence against cavalry for soldiers in the open.
Royal Uniforms
The most recognisable Naval uniform has to be that of Prince Philip, who had a glistening Naval career which started in 1940. To celebrate his 90th birthday, the Queen appointed him Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy (the highest rank in the organisation anyone other than the sovereign can hold) He held this position all over the common wealth. Prince Phillip is one of the last living descendants of Queen Victoria! and is in succession to the Throne in 16 countries in Europe.
Following his marriage to Princess Elizabeth until 1949, Prince Philip’s arms featured a different version of the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom, derived from his ancestor Princess Alice.
Unlike the arms used by other members of the Royal Family, the Duke’s arms no longer features the royal arms of the United Kingdom, as men are not entitled to bear the arms of their wives. However they do feature elements representing Greece and Denmark, from which he is descended in the male line; the Mountbatten family arms, from which he is descended in the female line; and the City of Edinburgh.
Rear Admiral- Prince Charles
Royal Naval Commander
Rear Admiral Princess Anne
Welsh Guards Uniform

Royals have donned military dress at state occasions since the 19th century. Princess Anne’s military trousers were a departure from the norm, however. Though the queen mum’s funeral marked the second time Princess Anne has made the feminist gesture, she reportedly is the first royal woman to wear military attire in public since Queen Elizabeth I—in 1588. For that occasion, in which the queen rallied British troops at Tilbury to battle the Spanish, she wore a suit of armor.
Frequently, the royals earn their uniforms the hard way. Both Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, for example, had long careers in the military. Prince Andrew retired from active service in 2001 after serving as an officer in the royal navy for over 20 years, earning the title of commander in the process. Prince Charles served as an air vice marshal in the royal air force and rear admiral in the navy, retiring in 1976 after seven years of active service.
Other times, royals collect military ranks and uniforms as honorifics. Princess Anne didn’t serve in the military, but she can wear military trousers because she is an honorary rear admiral. In addition to his earned military ranks, Prince Charles is the honorary colonel in chief of 17 regiments of the armed services.

Queen Chic

Elizabeth as young child.
 So its Queenies Diamond Jubliee in a little over a week and what better way to celebrate 60 years on the throne that looking back over her wardrobe.
At Balmoral with Charles and Anne.
She is the most photographed women in the world with a varied working life, from welcolming world leaders one day to visiting charities or local hospitals the next no day is the same, you could say her clothes are her uniform. The Queen always wears a two inch heel, hemlines are always well below the knee and she always carries a handbag.

Hints of the Hippie Trend with a Butterfly style hat.

The Queen is known for her conservative outfits, accessorised with sensible comfortable shoes and handbags, five years ago she was listed in Vogue magazine, beside Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell, as one of the 50 most glamorous women in the world. I can see why, she is, and always has been stylish, she looks comfortable in her outfits and is not a slave to fashion and that is important. Everyone has an image of what she should look like in their mind and she knows that. She also surports British design.

The year of here coronation, with a sharper shilouette.

6-7 years ago traditional British style was very cool, with all the Dolce & Gabbana models wearing below the knee tweed skirts and headscarves and big, boxy bags- A look that Queenie has been rocking for years.

Very cool lace outfit, with gloves and parisol.

In her younger years The Queen was in step with fashion and certainly had an influence on the fashion of the 50’s and 60’s. But now she has developed her own style which is appropriate for her age, you could never say she’s mutton dressed as lamb! “The Queen is not terribly interested in fashion- fashion is what other people do” Freddie Fox

Monochrome outfit with bold shapes and ankle length dress.
Queenie always looks smart, elegant and never overdress, which I think is a sign of an amazing working wardrobe. She is now a women in her 80’s and what she wears is well cut and flattering. The point I feel is that she always looks like The Queen- We would be very disappointed if she didn’t.
Two pieces outfit very 80’s and very cool.