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Queen Elizabeth II
Originally posted 06/06/2012 11:00AM
Sketches at ateliers, private fittings at Buckingham Palace – it's all in a days work for the Queen's loyal team of couturiers. So what's it really like dressing the ultimate British style icon?
"It's kind of old-hat now," Stewart Parvin tells PEOPLE about his 11-year stint as the Queen's dressmaker. "She is possibly the most charming woman you could ever meet, and she has this amazing ability to put you at ease."
Rachel Trevor-Morgan, who has made more than 60 hats for Her Majesty since taking over from milliner Frederick Fox in 2006, couldn't agree more. "She can be very chatty at fittings. I'm only there for a very brief amount of time, but she's certainly friendly. She's not at all scary."
Originally posted 06/05/2012 02:15PM
Call it The Queen's Speech.
On Tuesday, the guest of honor at this week's Diamond Jubilee addressed the masses, thanking everyone for their efforts and commenting on the celebrations.
Dressed in blue and accessorized in pearls and brooches, Queen Elizabeth II presented her Diamond Jubilee Message standing in front of Prince William and Kate's engagement portrait.
"The events that I have attended to mark my Diamond Jubilee have been a humbling experience," she said. "It has touched me deeply to see so many thousands of families, neighbors and friends celebrating together in such a happy atmosphere."
Originally posted 06/04/2012 04:00PM
Dog save the Queen!
Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee festivities have kicked off, and animals all over are commemorating Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne.
Over at London's 10 Downing Street, Larry, the feline-in-residence at the British Prime Minister's home, got into the celebratory mood, while chimpanzees at Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo got the party started with colorful pillow cases filled with their favorite treats.
Originally posted 06/03/2012 12:55PM
In a spectacular display of royal pageantry, Queen Elizabeth was feted at a special river-born celebration Sunday when she and her family rode down the Thames through London.
In a scale that hasn't been seen for around 350 years, more than 1,000 boats created a magical flotilla along the river – with the Queen, 86, at its heart. She took her place on the 210-ft. Spirit of Chartwell royal barge, which was given a makeover and bedecked with 10,000 roses, carnations, sweet peas and red charm peonies for the cruise – the centerpiece of her Diamond Jubilee.
Helping welcome her aboard were her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate.
Originally posted 06/02/2012 10:30AM
A beaming Queen Elizabeth kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Saturday when she was accompanied to the Epsom Derby by her granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The princesses were part of a large royal party, which also included their dad Prince Andrew, as the family began the weekend of fun to mark 60 years on the throne for the Queen. Their mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, even Tweeted: "So proud of my of my beautiful daughters and how special to be at the Epsom Derby supporting their Granny what an amazing Grandmother the Queen is."
Originally posted 06/02/2012 09:15AM
Looking to raise a glass to Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee?
Mixologists Nick Strangeway and Dre Masso from London's Beefeater Distillery have developed recipes for the official cocktails of the celebration, which begins on Sunday.
Festivities on the first day include the Big Jubilee Lunch and the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant that night, which will feature a flotilla of 1,000 boats gathered on the Thames River to celebrate the queen.
Originally posted 05/30/2012 06:35PM
Princess Beatrice has put her DIY makeover skills to the test as a special gift to mark her grandmother's 60 years on the throne.
Beatrice, 23, redecorated a cute playhouse that Queen Elizabeth was given as a little girl.
Now, as Britain celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the beautiful renovation of the little Wendy house has been unveiled. The home, called Y Bwthyn Bach (the Small House), was a present from the Welsh people to the then Princess Elizabeth, in March 1932 when she was just 5 years old.
Originally posted 05/28/2012 10:15AM
The photograph shows the pomp and circumstance of royalty, and the military, but with a glimpse of humor and humanity behind the facade.
No wonder the Duke of Cambridge loves this image of himself and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. In fact, it's his favorite shot of the two of them.
William, 29, who couldn't stop breaking into a smirk as the Queen inspected graduates of the Sandhurst military academy in 2006, has posted the photo on the Historypin website on the occasion of Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee – and written a short, affectionate blurb about it.
Originally posted 05/25/2012 07:45AM
To the outside world, Queen Elizabeth sometimes appears as a poker-faced woman who seldom lets down her guard or offers up an opinion.
But when she's around her eight grandchildren (and two great-granddaughters), she "lights up," according to one of them.
Princess Eugenie, 21, says she loves telling the 86-year-old monarch about life at university. "We talk about my Newcastle life and how I've got so many essays and things and she still goes, 'Aha,' [and] laughs at what I say, which is lovely," Eugenie says during an ITV1 special, Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother, airing in Britain on June 1.
Originally posted 05/22/2012 04:00PM
Queen Elizabeth II may seem composed in public, but if her grandson is to be believed, the monarch likes a bit of ruckus in her private life.
In an upcoming ITV1 documentary on his grandmother, Prince William spills the dirt on the Queen's beloved dogs, saying that they bark "all the time."
"I don't know how she copes with it, but her private life with her dogs and her riding and her walking, it's very important to her," he tells interviewer Alan Titchmarsh in Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother, which airs in the U.K. June 1. "She has got to switch off."
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