Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe

16 April 2014 - 11:53pm
Edited by Cindy Stockman
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Having such success with my article on The Duchess of Cambridge’s and Prince George’s clothes at the beginning of The Cambridge’s New Zealand tour, it is my great pleasure to bring you a Royal Fashion Round-up, with me, Chloe.

The column will hopefully be a monthly round up of Royal fashion, including The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge and Her Majesty The Queen; despite being less publicised in the way of fashion, these senior Royal women always look good! Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe (or RFRUWC) will feature factual information about outfits and pieces worn, and will provide the history of items too, such as the extensive jewellery collection of Her Majesty The Queen, which is often seen on other Royals.

Though I will try hard to identify designers and labels of pieces worn, this is not always possible. The Duchess of Cambridge has a wide fashion-following, and often her secretary will inform the press of the details of her outfit, or fashion watchers will ID items very quickly. Where possible, I will identify items worn, or give my thoughts on its origins – alas this will not be the case with all Royal outfits.

The current tour Down Under means I will probably have more than one article for The Duchess’ outfits, and I hope my next piece will wrap up Catherine’s New Zealand tour style, as well as Prince George, and even William. Royal men shall be included in this column, but briefly – after all, most of the time it is usually a suit sported by the Royal men.

So, onto a new exhibition, which will feature The Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding dress….

The Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005, and the couple have just celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary. Now an exhibition at the V&A is to showcase the dove-grey Anna Valentine gown, as part of ‘Wedding Dresses 1775 – 2014’, which opens early May. Camilla wore the dress to Windsor’s Guildhall when she became The Duchess of Cornwall. 


The gown has a slight collar, and fastens at the waist; it is also embroidered with golden floral details and was worn with an unusual Phillip Treacey fascinatior. The dress beneath was simple in the same colour as the gown, but in a chiffon material.

A white gown with an 18ft train, was worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, to her wedding in 1933; this will also be seen alongside Camilla’s gown. Other celebrities dresses will take part in the exhibit, including an ombre (white, darkening to pink) wedding dress, which Gwen Stefani tied the knot in, and a purple full-skirted Vivienne Westwood wedding dress which Dita von Teese wore.

The Countess of Wessex was spotted at Newmarket races on Wednesday. Sophie wore a brown tweed skirt suit, with which she wore with a cream jumper, and chestnut brown knee-high boots, pointed in the toe. She also wore a long deer-head pendant around her neck, as well as her Heavenly Necklaces Citrine pendant  and held a Michael Korse Berkley straw clutch.

After some research, it seems it could be a piece The Countess has had for a while, possibly wearing it in 2012 to another horse show, and the boots are also repeats.

The Queen and the Irish State Visit: 

To see the Irish Prime Minister off at the end of his State Visit, the Queen wore a dark red coat, with pointed collar and dark buttons and her shell brooch. It belonged to The Queen Mother, and features an oyster with a pearl at its centre, with strands of diamonds falling from it.

Officially called the ‘Courtauld Thomsen Scallop-Shell Brooch’, it was designed by Lord Courtauld-Thomsen in 1919. It was left to consort Queen Elizabeth, by the designer’s sister, Winifred, in 1944. The Queen Mother wore it often, and it seems to be a favourite of The Queen’s too.

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