Today we witnessed the second royal wedding this year, that of Princess Eugenie of York, the daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah (nee Ferguson), Duchess of York. The bride is the younger daughter of the Duke and Duchess (for a long time a divorced couple but who are – apparently – on very good terms); her elder sister, Princess Beatrice of York acted as her Maid of Honour.
It was a very blustery day, hats were often lifted off heads and one or two went flying across the greensward of Windsor Castle to be recaptured and return to their owners.
Fortunately, though, for the 850 guests and all the staff there today, the rain held off. Some of the female guests, walking in gravity-defying stilettos up the hill to the Reception in St George’s Hall would’ve had an even greater problem staying upright had the ground also been wet!
It has often been said that blue and green should not be seen, but these two colours look wonderful together (think of grass and sky, for a start). There is even an advert now for a jeweller’s which states that blue and green should not be seen “without a diamond in between!” And with that there is a lovely array of sapphire and emerald rings.
I regret that some of my photos taken of the TV screen are not brilliant, but at least you can see the colours of the Duchess of York’s green ensemble (much was made of her hat with “chop sticks” pushed through it) and Princess Beatrice’s midnight blue, almost purple, dress and hairband.
Here, on the right in the photo, is *The Princess Royal, HRH the Princess Anne, with the former Meghan Markle now the Duchess of Sussex on the left. I loved the vibant colour of Princess Anne’s green ensemble, it looked like green brocade to me, but I could be wrong. The Duchess of Sussex was in dark blue (which was reminiscent of Victoria Beckham’s outfit to Meghan’s own wedding last May.)
(*The monarch’s eldest daughter is, by tradition, given the title – this is in the gift of the monarch – the title, “The Princess Royal”)
And so I had a most enjoyable morning watching the royal nuptials. I particularly enjoyed the service and I was both surprised and delighted to hear one of the hymns chosen for the occasion was Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise, which was one of the two hymns we (meaning me!) chose for our wedding. I’m not religious but I love church music (and in case you’re wondering, the other hymn at our own wedding was Let All The World In Every Corner Sing.)
While the service was taking place, I put a chicken to roast in the oven and as soon as the service was over, I served us a roast chicken lunch.
Roast chicken, stuffing, carrots & turnips mashed together (all on the plates), with gravy, cabbage with butter and nutmeg, and a medley of roast vegetables (small roast potatoes, shallots and parsnips.) Not a lot when you see it here, but all needing preparing and cooking at different times and last-minute attention. But, oh, it was worth it, it was so tasty.
There was a stunning sunrise yesterday but it was over all too quickly. As soon as I’d taken this photo, the light changed to pastel pink and blue and then vanished as quickly as it came.
After which the clouds rolled in and we had rain on and off for the rest of the day. But we knew that the high winds were going to get even stronger today, and so we decided to do our grocery shopping and then we went to Marks & Spencer for some things, among which were a pair of dark navy blue cord trousers for husband (did I mention that he had a lovely pair of black cords that I made the mistake of tumble-drying? They shrunk! I’ve always tumble-dried cords to bring up the pile again, but this pair should not have been tumble-dried. And so he bought what was a replacement pair). I then saw some cotton pyjamas.
Plain navy T-shirt style top, navy/floral bottoms
Now, I’m not a pyjama person. I don’t very much like the feel of having ‘trousers’ on in bed, as if I’m dressed and ready to go out – I much prefer my cotton nightshirts or a cotton nightie. But as these pyjamas were very inexpensive I thought I’d try them if only for lounging in of an evening. I think they will be fine for this, only the cotton is very thin, and nothing like the quality of my husband’s “Sunday trousers”, i.e. lounging trousers that elder son bought him for a present a while back, but there again, I wasn’t paying the price of his “Sunday trousers” from Crew Clothing.
When we arrived home, a parcel from Marks & Spencer had arrived. I had ordered another pair of Per Una straight leg jeans in indigo (my go-to jeans) and two jumpers. As I’ve mentioned before, I cannot wear wool – it makes me itch – but these very inexpensive jumpers are delightfully soft and, to all intents and purposes, look and feel very much like soft wool, but they do not make me itch.
The scarves are some from my collection of scarves, two of which I’ve had for more than 35 years! The bottom left is a Jaeger silk one that I bought in the Rowcroft Hospice Shop.
The red shade is called “Chilli” and I like it very much with navy (and it will be suitable with black, too) and I dug out three scarves to wear with it, to marry the red to the blue. I find just a bare neck with a round neck jumper isn’t a good look for the older woman. Or, as they are quite loose fitting in the size I bought, I could wear a shirt underneath and have the collar showing, turned up of course.
The other jumper is green, in a shade called “Emerald”
Again, I will be able to wear this with my black Per Una jeans. There are several other colours, and I’ve now ordered two more of these jumpers in a mustard shade called “Ochre” and one in a dark greeny-blue called “Dark Marine”.
I’m now tempted to see what other colours I can buy, plus a pair of grey jeans! I’m on a roll!
While in the car park at Marks & Spencer I stopped to take a photo of the lovely autumn leaves on one of the trees close to where we had parked our car …
What wonderful autumn colours, and on the chimneypiece I now have alstromeria where last week I had small apricot roses …
And now to make a cup of tea for us both, and go and read today’s paper which husband braved the elements to collect from our local shop (no, he didn’t, ha ha! He went in the car! But even so he got a thorough drenching just walking up the steps from our garage, which is underneath out sitting room, to the front door.)
Hope you are not being swept away by strong winds and rain, and to those of you in Canada, I’m sorry to learn (from my dear friend in St Albert, Alberta) you already have snow!
Until next time.
PS Reader Donna has asked that I show a picture of my own wedding in October 1964.
My dress was guipure lace, with a train. No diamond and emerald tiara for me but white satin roses securing my short veil (as was the fashion of the day.) My bouquet, again small (again the fashion of the day) was orchids, freesias and stephanotis. It was unusual in 1964 to have colour photographs taken, they were rather expensive, so only two were taken (the other showing the family group.) All the rest are black and white.
Again, until next time.