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Royal style roundup: November 2019


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Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter:

I chose just one outfit this month: the Duchess of Cambridge in a new black lace Alexander McQueen gown for the Royal Variety Performance.

The dress featured an interesting floral pattern in the lace over a nude underskirt, along with a velvet band at the waist for definition. I loved the sweetheart neckline, puffed sleeves, and the way the back dipped down a bit lower, along with the repeat Erdem earrings.

Kristin’s thoughts:

This wasn’t a great royal fashion month for me; just not many outfits had that “wow factor.” But I did enjoy Kate’s evening gown, although it was quite similar to the lace Temperley one she already owns. I’m looking forward to Christmas and some festive outfits ahead!

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor:

For this month, my first selection was Princess Alexandra of Hanover’s black and brown ensemble for Monaco’s National Day (or Prince’s Day). It was very sleek and made her look very mature. I almost forgot she was only 20 (with the exception of the floral purse she was carrying)! The older she gets, the more she starts to favour her older sister, Charlotte, and she seems to be taking some of her style tips now, too!

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My second choice was the Duchess of Cambridge’s blue Emilia Wickstead dress that she wore to the launch of National Emergencies Trust event at the beginning of the month. She wore a matching belt, black Jimmy Choo heels and carried a black Aspinal x Beulah clutch.

Brittani’s thoughts:

First of all, I’m not going to lie. As Kristin said, this month was difficult to choose outfits because nothing really stood out to me and screamed “pick me!” for my monthly selections. It was kind of a disappointing fashion month for me.

For Princess Alexandra, it was a beautiful and sophisticated look that was perfect for a royal. I think this is my favourite outfit I’ve ever seen her wear. It gave me some Princess Grace vibes, and I’m sure she would have been very proud!

With Kate, blue has always looked great on her, and this was no exception. Although I would have like to have seen the dress without the belt (only because all of her dresses seem to always have some sort of a belt). The dress was very much Kate!

Laura Faurot, Reporter:

My first choice is Beatrice Borromeo in custom Christian Dior at Monaco’s National Day. This look was not only stunning but exuded power and confidence that very much fits with who Beatrice is.

My second choice was Crown Princess Mary in a Strenesse coat and skirt and Stine Goa top that she wore in Poland. I liked the pairing of the blue skirt and coat with the print of the top. It looked very professional but with an added dose of style and personality.

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Laura’s Thoughts:
Both the coat and dress Beatrice wore are so stunning. Done in a print that has a bit of a retro feel but rendered in modern and powerful silhouettes. Beatrice is the perfect person for this look, too. It all came together to make such a gorgeous statement.

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Crown Princess Mary is one of the more fashionable royals in my opinion, and I think this outfit is a testament to that. Most people would choose a top that has blue in it to go with the blue skirt and coat. Mary went for a more eclectic choice that added a little extra to the look. The whole thing is one that wouldn’t be out of place in a workplace that requires professional dress but would also make you look twice because of how stylish it is.

Heaven LeeMiller, Europe Correspondent:

My first choice would be Queen Letizia in the Dries van Noten outfit at the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Awards a few days ago in Spain. It was a black dress that featured gold and white flowers and leaves that matched her black heels.

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My second choice is Victoria in the repeated silver Escada gown for the Representation Dinner in Sweden on 12 November. It’s a pretty simple outfit all things considered, but she looks so good and it really works for her!

Heaven’s thoughts:

I always love when Letizia debuts a new designer, and this Dries Van Noten dress was perfect for her. It’s really her style. I really loved the shoes and clutch as they matched the dress perfectly, as well. I think my favourite part was the hair though. At first, I thought she had a haircut, but it actually looks more like a faux bob. She looks so good with it, but it’s also another example of Letizia always being able to surprise us when it comes to her hair and fashion.

I admit I haven’t been the biggest fan of Victoria’s fashion lately so I really, really loved this simple choice for the gala. This gown is one of my favourites because it flows so well on her, and she always looks stunning wearing it. It also matches well with her order. The tiara is definitely not my favourite, but it works with the dress.



About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. She blogs about royal fashion and travel at royallybroke.com. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.