Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hats Off To The Queen

Saturday marks the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation and millions across the UK and the Commonwealth will celebrate her Diamond Jubilee this Central Weekend with garden parties and highland flings.

I've mentioned my soft spot for the Queen before. My grandmother was a confirmed Royalist--when she passed away we found she had saved all kinds of clippings from Queen Elizabeth's life, from her wedding, to her coronation and visits abroad. So I suppose she represents a tie to Grandma Rosie who passed away 25 years ago. I think she would love to know that while many things have changed, the Queen still reigns.

And the Queen's style hasn't altered much in her 86 years. The prim handbags, the colorful suits, floral prints, a string of pearls, sensible shoes, the headscarf and, oh, those fantastic hats! Here's sartorial salute to Her Majesty's signature style along with a few fun facts courtesy of The Mirror and the official Diamond Jubilee website.

When her father unexpectedly became King, Princess Margaret, then six, said to her: "Does that mean you are going to be Queen? Poor you."

Many sent then-Princess Elizabeth clothing coupons for her wedding dress during post-war rationing in 1947. She returned them as it was illegal to give them away.

Her robes were so heavy at her Coronation that she asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to giver her a push, saying: "Get me started."  

She has owned over 30 corgis during her reign and her breakfast tray always includes a plate of biscuits for her dogs.

The Queen signals to staff with her handbag. If she wants to leave a dinner in five minutes, she puts her handbag on the table. She  moves it from arm to arm to tell aides she is tired of talking to someone. 

She was a big fan of 1970s cop show Kojak, which starred Telly Savalas.

The Queen has answered around three and a half million items of correspondence. 

In 60 years The Queen has undertaken 261 official overseas visits, including 96 State Visits, to 116 different countries.

An avid reader, she loves crime thrillers from P.D. James, Agatha Christie and Dick Francis.

No word on how many hats she's owned through the years. But I'll be doffing my hat to HRH this weekend and raising a Pimm's Cup in her honor.

God save the Queen!


  1. The queen is so adorable! Loved watching the Katie Couric special about her life!

  2. What an informative post! I admire the Queen and am always intrigued by what her life story. What a wonderful celebration!

  3. I learend a lot about the queen - I think we all need to have "staff" to read our nonverbal cues when we want to leave a party of a boring conversation, don't you? :)

  4. Barbara, I couldn't agree more! I keep wondering where the heck my staff is. In the mean time, I'll have to better train my husband to pick up on handbag signals!

  5. Wonderful tribute to an exceptional woman. She is a strong, dutiful person. Even her detractors can't deny that. I enjoyed the movie "The Queen" with Helen Mirren a few years ago. The show did a lot to "humanize" Queen Elizabeth and show her in a different light. Lovely photo collection, Jeanne. You picked well. Veronique (French Girl in RAINY Seattle)

  6. handbag signals--ha! loved learning all this uncommon knowledge!



  7. What a great tribute! I definitely want to incorporate the hand bag signal...I heard she also spins her wedding rings too. God Save the Queen!

  8. Loved reading this, Jeanne!! So interesting to learn about this big day!. Maybe this will be great excuse to throw a little brunch this weekend!
    I had a corgi and my ancestry shows my family came from London, England. One thing I would love to have is a British accent!!
    Great post!

  9. What a life she has had huh? I wish it were so easy to break off unwanted conversations as moving my handbag from arm to arm. This was really interesting and I wish her many, many more years as queen!


  10. Queen Elizabeth is such a fine example to all of us...what it means to be responsible and steady....and though her family has had some rough spots, her grandchildren are proving to be an amazing next generation.

    She so deserves the pomp and ceremony that will comes with a Diamon Jubilee!!!

    Hats of to QE!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  11. I watched the Jubilee on BBC yesterday. What an amazing event and I have to hand it to the spirited British people for standing out there so long in the cold and rain!! LOVE all these wonderful tidbits!!

  12. - loved this so much that I tweeted it out - everyone is enjoying! :-)

  13. great post!! LOVE all of the tidbits of information. The handbag language is particularly useful, and yes, if only I had that staff to read the cues!! Really great images, I especially love those with the field of flags surrounding her.

    I have made it through graduation, let's plan that get together, is Wednesday open for you? Pam??



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