3 August 2014 - 11:46
Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: July edition (part two)


Deputy Editor

So after the events of the past fortnight, especially thanks to the Commonwealth Games, there has been a increase in the amount of fashionable appearances for the Royal Family for us to take a look at!

The Queen opened the Glasgow XX games in a white ensemble. The coat had a diamond textured pattern, with large buttons down its front. Her Majesty wore a matching white hat with a similar texture on the asymmetric piece; a floral arrangement was off-set.

The brooch was first seen for the D-Day commemoration visit to France, and we know nothing about its origin or story unfortunately. It is a multi-flower brooch with different metals – quite a statement with its size, but also subtle thanks to its floral design.

The next day, Her Majesty was seen sporting green and blue. Her dress was a blue and white floral patterned, with 3/4 sleeves and a simple rounded neckline. This was worn under a spring green coloured coat in a waffle texture with a deep v-neck, once more revealing what is worn beneath.

The hat was a pale blue tone with a green coloured trim taken from her coat, with a few sprays of white and green feathers. The Queen chose a thistle brooch, the national emblem of Scotland, since the games are in Glasgow, with three silver flowers and golden leaves. It has been reported the brooch was one of four given to Her Majesty by the Sultan of Oman and first appeared in 2012, so was likely a Jubilee gift. White gloves, black shoes and a handbag finished the look off.

The Duchess of Cornwall undertook engagements in Scotland before the beginning of the Games. At Edinburgh Fashion Festival, The Duchess of Rothesay (her title in Scotland) reused a yellow-beige jacket with 3/4 sleeves and collar, over a white pleated chiffon skirt, most likely a dress. Tan heels and a Lily of the Valley brooch finished the outfit.

Meeting with athletes competing in the Games, The Duchess wore a green and cream patterned dress (as seen below at a previous engagement) with 3/4 sleeves and a pleated midi-skirt; the chest of the dress features pleating. Camilla added a cream barrel bag and tan heels, as well as a strand of pearls.

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At the opening ceremony, Camilla chose a silver brocade jacket, which featured an open neck with collar and zip to the front and 3/4 sleeves. This was worn over a floaty chiffon material dress in a silvery-green colour. Tan heels and a cream bag were her accessories. She wore some statement earrings with a bright turquoise stone at the centre of the flower-drop – no choker this time!

The Countess of Wessex has been enjoying time with her family at the Commonwealth Games, having been in attendance numerous days (perhaps the most of the whole Royal Family!).

The first we saw of Sophie was at the opening ceremony, repeating a black high-neck Emilia Wickstead dress, worn to Ascot this year (see photo above, three in from the centre). She chose a Heavenly Necklaces citrine necklace and some green onyx studs from the same brand.

Watching again with husband Edward, The Countess then chose a pink and blue ‘rugby’ style shirt, embroidered with the Games logo. It also had a white collar and edging on the sleeves; this was teamed with white jeans for a casual look. She chose what seem to be Astley Clarke earrings. 

The Earl was dressed down too, in grey trousers, a white shirt and black jacket.

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To hand out medals to winners of , Sophie wore a simple white dress with t-shirt sleeves. It is from an unknown brand.

Sophie, Louise and James watched the cycling at the velodrome with Princess Anne. All the family were sporting Games tops, as seen in the photo below. Louise teamed her top with some cut off blue and white patterend trousers, and James, who we rarely see in public, chose dark trousers.

Sophie went even more casual the day after, in cropped trousers, trainers, a white polo shirt and a hooded jumper. The jumper came from Oxbow, and the trainers look a similar style t0 Converse (white toe-cap and thick sole) but the distinctive logo is missing, so these remain unidentified.

Later that day, The Countess changed into a dress and blazer combination: a cream Joseph ‘Emmanuelle’ double-breasted blazer in twill over a navy silken sleeveless dress from Armani. She chose her LK Bennett snakeskin ‘Maddox’ wedges and a small Michael Kors cross body bag.

with thanks to Tim Monkton

Photo: With thanks to Tim Monkton

Lady Louise wore a navy Commonwealth Games hoodie and later revealed another pink polo shirt supporting the event.

The Countess has attended events for a whole week, as The Earl is vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, and for another day of events she wore a navy blazer over a striped white and navy polo shirt, paired with straight-leg white trousers – a little less casual!

However, she reverted to comfort of white trousers and trainers later on, with the same navy and pink hoody Louise had worn a few days previous, over another CG polo. Sophie has also acquired a Musto jacket for the CG.

Another change for the day, and it was a white waffle textured top from Osman Yousefzada. Pictures have got more limited of The Wessex family as the days have gone on, perhaps due to their regular appearances, but it has made it harder to find out what they have all been wearing!

The Duchess of Cambridge attended some of the Games in Glasgow too, including boxing, hockey and gymnastics. She wore her navy Zara blazer, J Brand jeans and Stuart Weitzman wedges, with a new blouse from Zara (we think!). The blouse is a pale green, possibly blue, stripe with dark buttons and an angular collar, which Catherine wore turned-up. 

At a SportsAid event, followed by more sports, we saw Kate reuse her Stella McCartney ‘Ridley’ blue slim-fitting dress, which has 1/2 sleeves (last seen in Australia but also to the Olympic torch handover). She wore this with another of her navy blazers, from Smythe, featuring buttons on the cuff and a slight raised panel on the back.

For accessories it was Stuart Weitzman wedges again, and a new clutch, from LK Bennett; it has a clover-style imprint in the centre of the flap, making it distinct, but the way Catherine holds her bags often makes details like this hard to see. And of course, the official ID card on a lanyard!

William and Harry were dressed down, in shirts and jeans (no blue for The Duke!).

Elsewhere… Maternity brand Seraphine have also revealed their uptake in sales after Kate was seen wearing two of their dresses after the birth of Prince George in 2013 (a light blue/lilac patterned dress worn leaving Kensington Palace the day after George was born and a fuscia pink knot dress in the picture taken by Michael Middleton). The stock of the dress The Duchess wore for the first official Cambridge family photo sold out and a long waiting list formed for the piece. It saw the company revenue rocket by 60% in 2013, but had already served celebrities like Claudia Schiffer and Halle Berry. Catherine’s purchases and public showing of the dresses was described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ by owner Cecile Reinaud.

photo credit: UK in Spain via photopin cc



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