DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Choosing the right “dress” to wear is crucial to any royal event, and perhaps no more historically significant moment than the coronation of a new monarch.
Much has been made of the changes at the coronation of King Charles III, and these matters extended to the dress code for the guests. Demands to wear fancy gowns or traditional attire have been abandoned in favor of a more relaxed and simple look.
However, members of the royal family came in traditional royal attire.
The Prince of Wales wore the uniform of the Welsh Guards, while the Princess of Wales looked resplendent in a formal gown, and underneath an ivory silk crepe dress by the brand “Alexander McQueen” embroidered with silver threads depicting roses. Thistles, daffodils and other plant forms symbolize the different countries of the United Kingdom.
According to CNN royal experts Max Foster and Lauren Morehouse, Kate wore a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana and a silver tiara designed by Jess Collette and Alexander McQueen.
The famous British designer is a favorite of the Wills family. Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director since 2010, designed Kate’s glamorous wedding dress in 2011.
And at the coronation this morning, Princess Charlotte appeared in her mother’s white silk dress embroidered with silk flowers and a matching silver tiara.
The Queen Consort’s dress had a nod to tradition, while being very modern and personal. Camilla arrived at the convent in a formal gown of red oak and Armenian fur, beneath which was a crown dress embroidered with ivory, silver and gold by British designer Bruce Oldfield.
US First Lady Jill Biden wore a light blue Ralph Lauren skirt dress and was accompanied by her granddaughter Finnegan Biden Markarian in a light yellow coat, seen as a customary gesture of solidarity with Ukraine. The couple sat next to Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, who was dressed in a light gray dress and coat.
British actress Emma Thompson, star of “Love Actually,” attended the ceremony wearing a red coat with a floral pattern by designer Emilia Wickstead and completed her look with her Order of the British Empire.
Elsewhere, Australian musician Nick Cave looked dapper in a classic black three-piece and Gucci pumps, while Katy Perry (who is set to perform in Windsor on Sunday) opted for designer Vivienne Westwood in a skirt suit and pink jacket with a pearl necklace. , a British designer, passed away in December 2022.
The unique necklace design may also be an homage to the fashion heritage of Queen Camilla, who has owned several three-strand pearl pieces that she has worn frequently since the 1990s.
Perry was accompanied by British “Vogue” editor-in-chief Edward Invenol, whose look was highlighted by a light gray jacket and polka-dot tie.
Then came world leaders, politicians and members of international governments.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau braved the rain on his way to Westminster Abbey, and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wore a pale pink silk dress with sheer organza sleeves.
As for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Sunak, who arrived in a classic morning dress, she opted for a similar light blue dress.
Princess Anne appeared in a heavy military uniform embroidered with gold, playing her part in leading the personal guard responsible for the protection of the King. Holding the rank of colonel in several international units, it is no surprise that Anne wears a military uniform.
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