Well that's one way to make an exit. After a night of partying with almost every British singer in existence, Queen Elizabeth II rolled up in a Bentley state limousine for a Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral, reception at Mansion House and lunch at Westminster Hall. The real British pomp came when Her Majesty made a grand exit in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace in a keystone event on her Diamond Jubilee weekend.
The Queen, wearing mint green Angela Kelly decorated with Swarovski crystals and carrying her trusty black bag, rode in the same 1902 State Landau used in the royal wedding last year. The weather even cleared up a little bit, but the clouds didn't exactly part and there were still a few raindrops (even though we already know that a little rain can't stop Diamond Jubilee celebrations).
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry also rode in the procession, although we're pretty sure they were nursing some intense post-Jubilee-concert hangovers. Kate managed to turn it out in a nude sheath by Alexander McQueen (her third outfit by the design house during the Diamond Jubilee extravaganza) and matching beaded cocktail hat by Jane Taylor. She also carried a blush Prada clutch to match her lace frock and complete the elegant, monochromatic look.
Despite the rain, the Queen braved the weather with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, so that Brits lining the route could get a glimpse of the royals (Prince Phillip couldn't accompany Her Majesty because he's still in the hospital as a "precautionary measure" for his bladder infection). All-in-all, the carriage procession topped off the Diamond Jubilee with a nice nod to royal tradition and was a huge show of British pride.
See pictures of the royals en route below.
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