Royal Fashion Round-up with Chloe: May edition (part III)

31 May 2014 - 09:00am
Edited by Chloe Howard
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To finish off May, here are the last few pieces of Royal fashion updates and news.

To receive the Governor-General from The Solomon Islands, Her Majesty chose a white dress with navy bow print. The dress has long sleeves and a round neckline. The Empress Marie Feodorovna’s brooch was used, featuring a large central sapphire stone surrounded by 2 rows of diamons of different sizes, giving it a flower like appearance. There is a pear-drop pearl hanging from it, which is detachable. This was a wedding gift from King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Empress Marie, Alexandra’s sister. It was bought by Queen Mary in 1930, after her death when her daughter’s sold off items of her jewellery; The Queen received it upon her grandmother’s death in 1953. 

To present the standards to the Household Cavalry, Her Majesty repeated a pale blue outfit with unusual white star trim across the waist and elbows, but a modern look for The Queen. The hat features the same white trim, looking almost crown like, with peaks and troughs. This was paired with white gloves and The Household Cavalry regiment badge, the Garter topped by a crown, and the other for the Life Guards.

The Queen hosted another Garden party and chose a rose pink ensemble. The Stewart Parvin coat has flared sleeves, and a round neckline, without a collar. Much like most of The Queen’s outfits, the dress underneath the coat is a floral pattern, in colours that match the coat; this time it was a white dress with pink flowers. The Trevor Morgan hat featured a brim of pink roses and on her coat was The Household Cavalry regiment badge, and the other for the Life Guards again. 

The Princess Royal accompanied The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry to the Garden Party, and chose a beige coat with black shoulder patches, and a tight collar. This was accompanied by a beige hat with black floral spray and a black clutch; Anne also wore a badge of the Household Division. The Royal men wore ties of The Household Division. 

Princess Beatrice also visited the RHS Chelsea Flower show, and wore a white dress with 3/4 sleeves and a black lace plackett on the front, with a black waistband. Her sister, Princess Eugenie has alsobeen seen in this piece before. Beatrice chose a pair of black pointed heels with gold metal tip.

Beatrice also joined Her Majesty at the Garden Party with cream Juicy Couture blouse tucked into a high-waisted skirt. The blouse, in a chiffon material, has an embellished collar.  The skirt is by Mary Katrantzou, in a vibrant floral pattern with yellow, green and red tones. Her cream fascinator was Robyn Coles and it seems to me the black patent and raffia wedges are LK Bennett ‘Maddox’ wedge, a pair which The Duchess of Cambridge owns, and wore the day after her wedding.


The Duchess of Cambridge has been voted number one in 2 polls released, voting her to have the best hair and smile, to add to her accolades of Fashion Icon for numerous years running.


The Duchess showed her smile to the world, and used her best accessory well on tour: her hair.

Wrigley’s Extra White Bubblement poll, which celebrates National Smile month to encourage good oral hygiene, saw Kate top the poll; The Duchess has also topped a similar poll for best smile before. Holly Willoughby came in second with Cheryl Cole took third place. David Beckham and George Clooney topped the male list.

Catherine won most over with her famous ‘do, after a number of elegant hairstyles on tour in Australia and New Zealand, with 27% of the vote in a poll by; Kim Kardashian came second, and Holly Willoughby in third. The top 10 came out as follows:

  1. The Duchess of Cambridge 27%
  2. Kim Kardashian 18%
  3. Holly Willoughby 12%
  4. Rita Ora 11%
  5. Michelle Keegan 9%
  6. Binky Felstead 8%
  7. Amanda Holden 6%
  8. Lucy Mecklenburgh 5%
  9. Nicole Scherzinger 3%
  10. Kate Moss 1%

The Duchess and Holly are often seen in the top rankings of some poll or another, as these two votes show, sharing a certain elegance in their dressing, and seem to have a following of those who admire them.

In Scotland, The Countess of Strathearn chose a Jonathan Saunders woollen coat. The Scottish designer’s piece was red, with stripes and ombre in style, fading to coral at the shoulders and hemline. It has a large collar and 2 pockets, with another breast pocket on the left side. This was worn over a Goat dress, in a coral chiffon material, though it is debated which dress she chose: the Thea dress with large bell sleeves, or perhaps the Tilly dress with small front pockets and t-shirt sleeves.

The outfit was teamed with nude LK Bennett ‘Sledge’ heels and an LK Bennett nude ‘Avona’ clutch, which is a barrel shape. Catherine chose a silver brooch for the day, a celtic knot design, which was apparently a wedding gift, and her Kiki McDonough citrine pear-drop earrings were on show as Kate tucked her loose hair behind her ears.kate

Hobbs and Historic Royal Palaces have teamed up to produce a new line, Collection 2. About Collection 2, Hobbs’s website says: ‘The collection looks to both the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and architectural elements from the palaces for inspiration. Rich with intriguing detail, each of the 20 pieces has its own special story to tell.’

The collection from a brand that The Duchess has worn numerous times,  has tried to take inspiration from the architecture and artefacts that Historic Royal Palaces display.

Last season, Collection 1 was released: ‘The debut range draws from the opulent Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which boasts beginnings in the 17th century.

You’ll find all those classic Hobbs hallmarks – elegant tailoring, sleek separates, beautiful accessories – reworked with a discreet nod to the royal archives. Hence, the spotted ermine trim from coronets in the collection has been reimagined as a sumptuous angora roll-neck and scarf; the grey overcoats worn by Tower of London guardsmen is now a luxe layered trench; and that most iconic of objects, the Busby hat, has been playfully turned into instantly desirable arm candy. Crafted from fabrics sourced in traditional mills across the UK, the result is a chic selection of fashion-forward pieces that cleverly, subtly, pay homage to Britain’s rich traditions.’

Pictures with thanks to Government House New Zealand/Crown/Woolfe and Ashleigh Logan/@Royally_Kate who is researching consumer consumption of Kate

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