Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: August edition (part one)

16 August 2014 - 03:12pm
Edited by Jessica Hope
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As the Royal schedule slows to a halt for the summer break, we have only a handful of outfits to look at after the end of the Commonwealth Games.

The Queen began her WWI commemorations at a small church near Balmoral. She chose a cream check number with dark buttons. The hat was also cream with a delicate silken bow with pearls around the base and a soft feather detail to the right. Accessories were black gloves, shoes and handbag.

The brooch was the larger of Queen Victoria’s bow brooches.

The Duchess of Cornwall attended a prayer vigil at Westminster Abbey, as Royal Central reported here. Perhaps hoping to mimic the symbol of hope that was the lone candle during the ‘Lights Out’ campaign, Camilla arrived in a white coat over a white dress. Along the cuffs and down the front was embroidery adding detail to the simple shape. This was matched with a white clutch and cream pointed-bow shoes.


Camilla seems to have chosen her father’s regimental badge for the occasion; her three great-uncles were lost in The Great War.

At The Highland Games, Camilla and Charles both donned tartan. The Duchess’s was a green shade, with the same lining on her lapel and pockets. Tan shoes and a cream and pink scarf finished her look.

Charles wore a traditional kilt, complete with sporran (the little bag seen on the front) and knee-high socks, which were also in green. The tartan was likely that from the local area, as a nod to their hosts. Unfortunately, I cannot source a picture for this occasion.

The Duchess of Cambridge visited Belgium with Princes William and Harry, for remembrance services with the Belgian King and Queen. She wore a cream Alexander McQueen coat dress with Peter Pan collar. It bears resemblance to her cornflower blue coat from the same maker in the skirt – a peplum style with pleats (though I think they are actually pockets on this piece).

The Duchess used her LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels, her McQueen suede clutch and Annoushka pearl drop earrings as accessories.


The hat was another creation from Jane Taylor, adding a dash colour to the cream outfit with a three-tone coral floral addition. It sits on a straw base.

At The Tower of London’s poppy installation, Catherine reused her LK Bennett ‘Detroit’ dress in snorkel blue. It features a notched neckline and 1/2 sleeves and is slim-fitting. New shoes were worn for the occasion, navy suede Jimmy Choos, with a chunkier heel than Kate usually favours; these have been identified as the ‘Georgia’ style.

Here are some pictures I took at the engagement, with a close-up of the shoes (please excuse the railings – there was no way for me to get around them!).

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The Duchess used her navy Stuart Weitzman ‘Muse’ clutch and a new Mappin and Webb necklace, a small, simple diamond pendent, with her diamond and sapphire drop earrings.


The Countess of Wessex attended the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on 3rd August. She chose to wear a white top, or possibly a dress, beneath a black jacket. Pictures have been limited, and those I have found are just of Sophie’s upper half. The white piece has a high neckline, possibly an imitation roll-neck, and The Countess certainly looked smart for the occasion. Her hair was tied back.

Sophie also attended a WWI commemoration ceremony at Guildford Cathedral. She chose a black midi-length dress from Max Mara with a belt around it. It had long sleeves and a scoop neckline. The Countess wore a green pendant necklace for a dash of colour and nude ‘Sledge’ heels from LK Bennett. Her clutch was also nude but it was difficult to pick out any defining features.

Photos: © Chloe Howard 2014

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