Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: April edition

4 May 2014 - 12:58am
Edited by Chloe Howard
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For April’s Royal Fashion Round-up, we’ve had a fairly busy time of Royal engagements, and therefore outfits! We have seen Her Majesty The Queen a number of times, as well as The Countess of Wessex, and even Lady Louise!

The Queen

Easter Sunday

At the Easter Service, we saw most senior Royals attend church. Joining The Queen was The Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, The Princess Royal and Princess Eugenie in the fashion stakes at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

The Queen wore a pale blue coat and hat. The hat, from Rachel Taylor Morgan, features a floral arrangement on a round hat, and the coat has silken ribbon detail around the buttons. Seen beneath the coat was a floral print dress in tones of light blue and grey.

Her Majesty also wore her pearl trio necklace, of which she has 3 very similar necklaces, only differentiating in their clasps, which are not often visible. The first set was gifted from George V for his silver Jubilee in 1935; the second was commissioned by The Queen out of family pearls after her accession; and the third was a coronation gift from the Emir of Qatar. Queen Mary’s Button drop pearl earrings, ones The Queen tends to wear most days, were a wedding present from Queen Mary to the then Princess Elizabeth.

The Queen usually wears gloves, and she chose white for the Easter service, while her black patent shoes with small heel, the sort The Queen usually favours, completed her outfit.

The Queen wore her art-deco style Aquamarine Clip brooches; these were a gift from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth for her 18th birthday in 1944. Created by Boucheron and made of diamonds as well as aquamarine stones, the piece is interchangeable. It can be either one large oval brooch, or two separates, which Her Majesty favours, slightly off-set.

The Countess of Wessex chose a beige mac with an unusual fascinator, seeming made of pheasant feathers, picking up a theme of brown. Her hair tied back into a bun. She teamed her outfit with dark nude LK Bennett heels, citrine drop earrings from Heavenly Necklaces, and a bracelet she has had for a while. A ‘Chenille’ clutch from Sophie Habsburg’s collection in her hands. 

Lady Louise wore a black coat with fur-trim collar and double-breasted buttons. She chose ballerina satin pumps with ankle strap over her white tights as she accompanied her family to church. Her hair was half tied back with a bow.

In a bright green ensemble, Princess Anne arrived at St George’s chapel. Anne chose a black-trimmed emerald-green skirt suit with shawl for the service; a black hat and handbag completed her outfit.

Princess Eugenie returned from New York for the Easter break, and chose a cream and black coat and matching fascinator. The coat has black on edge of sleeves, with a black satin waistband and it seems a black dress underneath. Pictures of the event have been quite limited, so I have not included all details as I would have hoped to provide in this article.

The Queen in Wales:

The Queen wore a vibrant blue coat and hat for a visit to Wales. The main colour of the coat is turquoise with royal blue trim, collar and pockets, with the hat in reverse – a dark block of colour with turquoise trim. Mother of pearl style buttons finish the coat, and a ruffle around the hat with a turquoise bow ties the ensemble together.

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Her Majesty wore black gloves, her patent leather shoes and black handbag again, with her Queen Mary Button Drop earrings, and a trio-strand pearl necklace, all constituting Her Majesty’s ‘everyday’ wardrobe. A different brooch was chose however: the Pearl Quatrefoil Brooch. This is one of the few pieces that wasn’t inherited by Her Majesty; she supposedly saw it in the 1980’s and bought it, making its first appearance in the 1985 Christmas Speech. It is a large diamond ‘quatrefoil’ set with pearls, and a pearl and diamond cluster in the centre.

The Vatican:

Representing The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present at the canonisation of two former Popes at The Vatican. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a black dress and a green jacket, with a brooch on her lapel and a string of pearls


Duchess of Cambridge voted style icon of the year:

British Style Icon of the Year was once again won by The Duchess of Cambridge, an accolade she has won numerous times before. Catherine achieved 21 per cent of the vote, with TV star Holly Willoughby coming in second with 13% of the vote. Here is the top ten:

  1. Duchess of Cambridge (21%)
  2. Holly Willoughby (13%)
  3. Cheryl Cole (9%)
  4. Emma Watson (5%)
  5. Michelle Keegan (4%)
  6. Myleene Klass (4%)
  7. Kelly Brook (4%)
  8. Kate Moss (4%)
  9. Pixie Lott (3%)
  10. Millie Mackintosh (3%)

The survey also showed that one third of women admitted they are more inclined to invest in longer-length skirts, something we have seen more of on Kate during her tour Down Under with William.

9 in 10 women apparently agree that these longer hems are far classier, and almost 2/3 said they would make them feel more confident, as opposed to shorter lengths. 72% of men also said knee-length skirts are classier and that they prefer their partners to wear this length.

18-24 year old’s are also the most eager to replicate Kate’s wardrobe, with 18% of them admitting to trying to ‘repliKate’ (replicate Kate’s look).

Busy Week for The Countess of Wessex

A busy few weeks as ever for the Countess, beginning with wine-tasting with The Earl in Gloucestershire. In a dove grey coat dress with 3/4 sleeves. The coat also features a band of satin detail on all its hems, which falls just below the knee. Sophie chose an unusual clutch by Sophie Habsburg, the same used at Easter, with some turquoise drop earrings and pointy Jimmy Choo Agnes heels. Sophie’s hair was half tied back.

Continuing their tour of old Saxon kingdom, the couple visited Oxford. The Countess wore another Emilia Wickstead dress, in turquoise, with pleated skirt, high neckline and seam down the middle to the waist. It had an empire line and a dropped waist, making for an unusual look. She wore suede LK Bennett heels, a green-blue ‘Design’ clutch by Sophie Habsburg, and Heavenly Necklaces pearl drop earrings, a pair also seen on The Duchess of Cambridge.

Sophie chose a pale blue Emilia Wickstead dress to an NSPCC engagement. The material is a waffle style, and the dress  has a pleated skirt below a tight peplum, a high neckline and 3/4 sleeves. The Countess paired her dress with LK Bennett nude ‘Sledge’ shoes (the brand seeming to be favoured by The Duchess of Cambridge, as well as The Countess), and some blue stone earrings;  an unusual necklace, in tones of brown and cream, with a knot in the end was the finishing touch.


photo credit: Alex Grant (alextakesphotos) via photopin cc
and UK in Holy See via photopin cc

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  • cathie

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