Who’s Who! The Names You Might Not Recognise on the Royal Guest List

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Something borrowed! Kate gets a very special loan as she wears the Queen’s pearl choker to join Princes William and Harry at Windsor Castle to celebrate Her Majesty and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry for the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations
The royals headed to Windsor Castle on Monday evening where a celebratory dinner will be held
Not present this evening is Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle who is rumoured to be in London

A guest list revealed just some of the royals expected to attend the evening ceremony including some lesser known royals
A guest list revealed just some of the royals expected to attend the evening ceremony including some lesser known royals

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating 70 years of marriage

It was a family affair on Monday as Princes William and Harry, joined by the Duchess of Cambridge, at Windsor Castle to kick off the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

The Queen’s grandsons and Kate could be seen arriving by car at the monarch’s Berkshire home where celebrations for her platinum wedding anniversary will be held this evening.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry for the Queen's 70th anniversary celebrations at Windsor Castle on MThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry for the Queen's 70th anniversary celebrations at Windsor Castle on Monday eveningonday evening
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined Prince Harry for the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations at Windsor Castle on Monday evening

While her evening attire could not be seen in full the Duchess had clearly gone to every effort to preen and prep with her famous brunette locks coiffed to perfection.

The royals, who were dressed in black tie, are heading for a special dinner at the castle to mark the monarch's milestone anniversary
The royals, who were dressed in black tie, are heading for a special dinner at the castle to mark the monarch’s milestone anniversary

From the car she could be seen wearing an elegant string of pearls with a dazzling diamante clasp and a pair of matching pearl drop earrings and her neckline appeared to showcase a black lace collar.

The cheerful trio appeared to be in high spirits sharing a joke as they made their way to the reception in the royal
The cheerful trio appeared to be in high spirits sharing a joke as they made their way to the reception in the royalThe cheerful trio appeared to be in high spirits sharing a joke as they made their way to the reception in the royal

The Duchess is thought to be wearing a £785 Diane Von Furstenberg dress which she was spotted wearing just a few weeks ago at the The Anna Freud Gala Dinner, as well as to the 2014 Royal Variety Performance, however, that was not her crowing piece.

Conditions being a little snug, it was not long before Kate shed her winter coat revealing an elegant black lace dress
Conditions being a little snug, it was not long before Kate shed her winter coat revealing an elegant black lace dress

The four-strand pearl choker worn by Kate this evening previously belonged to the Queen and it is believed to be the first time that she has worn the piece.
The choker was previously borrowed by Princess Diana, who was loaned the statement piece to wear at a banquet at Hampton Court Palace in 1982.

The Queen has been seen spotted wearing the necklace on several occasions, including a visit to Bangladesh in 1983, a year after Diana had borrowed it.
William, 35, and Harry, 33, looked their dapper best in black tie complete with traditional dickie bows and pocket handkerchiefs.
Clearly not wanting to miss a moment of the celebrations William could be seen wearing his glasses as he rode in the back of the royal car.

Her Majesty in the necklace in Bangladesh 1983
Her Majesty in the necklace in Bangladesh 1983

Squeezed between the two princes was Kate, 35, who had wrapped up against the elements in a black wool coat for her arrival at the castle.
Not present for this evening’s proceedings is Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle who is rumoured to be in London but clearly not attending this evening.

The necklace worn by Kate this evening previously belonged to the Queen who has in the past lent it to Princess Diana
The necklace worn by Kate this evening previously belonged to the Queen who has in the past lent it to Princess Diana

The family will be attending a special dinner in celebration of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s milestone anniversary.
Also arriving by car at the castle was the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent joined by two companions
Other guests tonight include the Queen’s children Prince Charles accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew Prince Edward, Princess Anne.
Her Majesty’s grandchildren the Princesses of York, Beatrice and Eugenie, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall – accompanied by Mike Tindall are also expected at dinner this evening.

Prince Charles was not far behind taking the front seat and is expected to be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall this evening
Prince Charles was not far behind taking the front seat and is expected to be joined by the Duchess of Cornwall this evening

Earlier today Her Majesty presented the Duke with a rare honour as a special anniversary present as they celebrate 70 years of marriage.
As the royal couple reached their platinum wedding anniversary, the monarch appointed Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) for services to the sovereign.

Guests were subjected to tight security measures upon arrival at the castle with police men checking names and ID
Guests were subjected to tight security measures upon arrival at the castle with police men checking names Guests were subjected to tight security measures upon arrival at the castle with police men checking names and IDand ID

The touching gesture will be seen as the Queen’s recognition of the devotion Philip has shown through the decades, supporting her publicly and privately.
Philip, 96, retired from his public role in the summer after years of royal duty alongside the monarch.

WHO’S WHO! THE NAMES YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNISE ON THE ROYAL GUEST LIST

Today mark's the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's platinum anniversary, with these portraits released on Sunday to mark the occasion
Today mark’s the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s platinum anniversary, with these portraits released on Sunday to mark the occasion

THE EARL AND COUNTESS OF SNOWDON

The new Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong Jones, took on his father’s earldom in January following his death.

David is the son of Princess Margaret and he and his glamorous heiress wife, Serena, Countess of Snowdon (née Stanhope), 46, are parents to Charles, Viscount Linley, 17, and Margarita, 14 – who was a bridesmaid at the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanks to the family’s royal ties.

Born at Clarence House in 1961, the Earl spent much of his early life at Buckingham Palace where he was schooled alongside his cousin, Prince Andrew.

David, 55, was in his late teens when his parents finalised their acrimonious split in 1978, but his father remained close to the royals and even shot the Queen’s official 80th birthday portrait.

Unlike his cousin, David eschewed a military career to carve out a path in furniture design, setting up his own company and later joining Christie’s where he now works as a chairman.

Also arriving by car at the castle was the Queen's cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (far right) joined by two companions
Also arriving by car at the castle was the Queen’s cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (far right) joined by two companions

LADY SARAH CHATTO

Daughter of the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, Lady Sarah is one of the most low-key Royals yet holds a very special place in Her Majesty’s affections.

One royal insider says: ‘The Queen adores Sarah and seeks out her company as often as possible. She is her absolute favourite younger Royal.

‘They are hugely at ease in each other’s company. Much giggling can be heard when they are together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and the ridiculous.’

The new Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong Jones, who is the nephew of the Queen was seen arriving with a female companion
The new Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong Jones, who is the nephew of the Queen was seen arriving with a female companion

THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER

The Duke of Gloucester is the Queen’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. The Duke of Gloucester carries out a significant number of public duties and undertakes hundreds of official engagements in the UK and overseas each year.

The Duke, 66, who is supported financially by the Queen out of the Privy Purse, moved from 40-room Barnwell, near Oundle, where he farms a 2,500-acre estate, some 16 years ago.

Lady Davina Lewis, Daughter of the Queen's first cousin, was all smiles as she arrived at the historicalLady Davina Lewis, Daughter of the Queen's first cousin, was all smiles as she arrived at the historical castle castle
Lady Davina Lewis, Daughter of the Queen’s first cousin, was all smiles as she arrived at the historical castle

THE EARL OF ULSTER 

Son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Alexander Patrick Gregers Richard Windsor, is 23rd in line to the throne and leads a relatively low profile existence.

The Queen’s surgeon gynaecologist delivered the 28-year-old by Caesarean when his mother went into labour two months early.

LADY DAVINA LEWIS

Daughter of the Queen’s first cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, who is also a grandson of George V.

‘Denny’ grew up in a Kensington Palace apartment, went to St George’s Ascot and took a degree in media studies. In 2004 she married Gary Lewis a sheep shearer of Maori descent, after meeting him while surfing in Bali.

Gary is also a carpenter and surfer, and has very much taken after his father, who is a champion sheep-shearer in New Zealand.

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT  

The Duke of Kent is another of the Queen’s cousins. He and Duchess of Kent began presenting the winners trophies at Wimbledon in 1969, when he became president.

But the duchess has not done so since 2001 – when she handed a trophy to Venus Williams – after giving up royal duties.

In 1993 she won hearts with her natural warmth as she hugged Jana Novotna, who burst into tears after losing to former world number one Steffi Graf.

She was also praised for her resilience when she walked out to present trophies despite having a cast on her foot one year. Their sons George Windsor, the Earl of St Andrews and Lord Nicholas Windsor were also in attendance.

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE
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