The Duchess of Cornwall undertook a 4-day tour of Canada with her husband and showed us she can still look as good as the younger Royals when it comes to her wardrobe.
Alighting the plane in Halifax, The Duchess chose a Fiona Clare cream tweed-style coat with frayed seams, over a white collared dress; she paired this with cream and black-tipped shoes. A black patent clutch and her silver and gold clover brooches by Van Cleef & Arpels were the finishing touches.
For engagements in Halifax, Camilla chose a vivid blue coat dress with tartan trim; the tartan is that of Nova Scotia, the province in which Halifax lies. The coat featured four large buttons down the front, with the tartan on the collar, pockets and around the wrists. She added a beret with a stylish brown feather atop for the morning’s welcome ceremony, and removed it for later engagements.
The Duchess carried a tartan/blue reverse scarf too, and wore black pointed suede heels. Her pearl and diamond clasp necklace and pearl drop earrings formed her simple jewellery, but no brooch, perhaps not to distract from the nod to her host.
The Duchess reused an Anna Valentine coat and dress, worn to an engagement at DMS Whittington just a few weeks ago. This time it was paired with a floral scarf with tones of green and pink. This was worn with dark nude pointed heels and a Lily of the Valley brooch by Faberge.
For Victoria Day celebrations, Camilla opted for a purple coat with button details, paired with a scarf in pink and purple hues. This was under a long cream cape
Their Royal Highnesses take part in a Victoria Day celebration in Charlottetown, PEI. #royaltour pic.twitter.com/7ZCv3eZ7oK— The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCa) May 20, 2014
Their Royal Highnesses take part in a Victoria Day celebration in Charlottetown, PEI. #royaltour pic.twitter.com/7ZCv3eZ7oK
— The Crown in Canada (@TheCrownCa) May 20, 2014
On Wednesday, The Duchess chose a simple dove grey coat over a grey and blue patterned dress beneath; the coat was structured in the shoulders, without buttons or pockets, but a large slit on the side, which revealed The Duchess’s dress. The scarf was in the same colours, and her shoes were a grey version of the black pointed bow courts worn the other day. A ballerina brooch suited the engagements, unveiling a Canadian Mint coin to celebrate the ballet’s 75th anniversary.
To meet The Queens Own rifles, Camilla wore a cream and gold large polka dot dress with a gold jacket, and just one strand of pearls. The jacket has a deep v-neck, and only 3 buttons. Its cut means that the hems of the jacket do not meet, but sweep to the side, with seam detailing following these lines, and the left side also has a cut-out piece, as seen below. It seems The Duchess has a white and black version of the dress, too.
Camilla’s brooch was interestingly a cap badge of the regiment. Bow and pearl earrings were worn with dark nude shoes again and a brown clutch bag. A long cape and white scarf was worn departing Canada.
All pictures via The Department of Canadian Heriatge’s flickr
I actually like her choices very much better than the younger royals, except the Countess of Wessex who’s kind of in between, but I’m getting pretty old and that’s probably part of it. I just think Sophie is near perfect, where I worry about Catherine, who is again way too thin and I hope she puts a bit of weight back on before she becomes pregnant again, if she does.
Forgot to mention the Duchess of Cornwall dresses much better than the Queen and Princess Royal as well, not just younger royals.
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