Today, a very pregnant Duchess of Cambridge dazzled at the Queen’s 60th Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey. The event was an incredible slice of history, marking the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s reign. From the Westminster Abbey website:
“Westminster Abbey is to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation in 2013 with a Service of Celebration and a series of special events. The Queen succeeded King George VI on 6th February 1952 when she was twenty-five years old, but it was not until nearly eighteen months later that the young Queen was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953.
A Service of Celebration attended by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and Members of the Royal Family will take place on Tuesday 4th June at 11.00am”
Coverage of the event began at 10a.m., with the members of the British Royal Family (including Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Charles, Prince of Wales) arriving shortly before 11a.m. The Queen and Prince Phillip arrived together at 11a.m. sharp.
The last time William and Kate were in Westminster Abbey was their wedding day. Now, they return to the beautiful Abbey with a baby on the way. This was no doubt a special and memorable day for them. Even more touching was the “Introit,” or entrance song,where the choir sang “I Was Glad” – the very same song used for the processional during the Royal Wedding.
The Queen looked exquisite and particularly regal in an ivory brocade coat dress with pleated skirt detailing. The lovely shade made her stand out against the colorful abbey and bright regalia.
Kate was all aglow at the ceremony. She wore a blush pink satin coat and lace shift dress designed by Jenny Packham. Both items were bespoke. The Duchess accessorized with LK Bennett Sledge pumps in “Clay”, a dove grey Alexander McQueen box clutch, and dangling earrings. Her hat was created by Jane Taylor Millinery, and was previously seen last year at the Diamond Jubilee Service.