JUST PEACHY: The Duchess of Cambridge joined other members of the British Royal Family at Westminster Abbey for a service to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The duchess, who is due to give birth in mid-July, wore a peach-colored dress and coat by Jenny Packham, and a matching hat by Jane Taylor.
For the first time since the coronation 60 years ago, the Saint Edward’s Crown — the heavy, solid gold crown encrusted with 444 precious stones with which the Queen was crowned — left the Tower of London to sit on the high altar in the abbey. The Ampulla, the gold, eagle-shaped bottle from which the sacred holy oil was poured for the anointing, also stood on the altar.
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Meanwhile, Prince Harry received his own glass Coronation goblet from 1953 as he unveiled a new walkway plaque celebrating the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The black and silver panel, which depicts a scene from the 2011 nuptials at Westminster Abbey, is a part of the Jubilee Walkway commemorating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, 25 years as monarch, and also the Jubilee Greenway, which celebrates HRH’s Diamond Jubilee — 60 years on the throne.