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Royal style roundup: October 2019

It’s been a busy October here at Royal Central, and this month we’re adding another perspective to our royal style roundup with the addition of our newest reporter, Laura Farout.

Kristin Contino, Chief Reporter:

With so many royal events this month it was tough to choose, but my first pick was the blue ombré Catherine Walker outfit the Duchess of Cambridge chose to kick off the Pakistan tour. The dress with trousers underneath was a take on the traditional shalwar kameez, and the gorgeous shades of blue melted into each other to provide that wow factor for the arrival. I love that she added affordable beaded earrings and a metallic clutch from Pakistani high street brand Zeen, with both pieces retailing under £20.

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My second pick was the red outfit the Duchess of Sussex wore to the One Young World and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust roundtable at Windsor Castle. Per Replicate Royalty, she wore a burgundy cashmere v-neck jumper from Joseph along with a red leather Boss Hugo Boss pencil skirt and red Sarah Flint ‘Perfect” heels. If you remember the green blouse and Hugo Boss leather skirt she wore last year, this is a twist on that same outfit but in a different colourway.

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Kristin’s thoughts: The subtle ombré of Catherine’s outfit was just gorgeous, and the way the garment flowed and draped was so flattering; it looked wonderful on television as she moved. Adding the trousers underneath and the draped neckline in the front and back giving off the vibe of a dupatta was a nice way to give a nod to the traditional dress of her host country.

As for Meghan, this was a very Suits look for her. She appeared confident, comfortable, and ready to do business. Meghan does these monochromatic skirt outfits really well, and I think it was a chic and modern look for the roundtable discussion. I loved her hair in an up-do with volume, too, and thought it really added to the overall glam, professional vibe.

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor:

My first pick for the month of October goes to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands who wore Edouard Vermeulen from Natan beige pantsuit, according to ModeKoninginMaxima. Máxima is known for vibrant colours and patterns but seeing her in a more subdued outfit really let her natural beauty shine.

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My second choice comes from Belgium. I loved the look Queen Mathilde wore to the afternoon Enthronement Ceremony for Emperor Naruhito on 22 October. The light pink bespoke ensemble by Armani Privé (according to the Queen Mathilde Blog) was so regal and flattering. I’m always for any outfit with a cape!

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Brittani’s thoughts:

Máxima first wore my October pick in New York in September while there for the UN. I didn’t notice it then, but when she wore it on 8 October with the diamond brooch, I absolutely loved it. It’s very flattering on her.

I was really interested to see what the royal ladies wore to Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Ceremony, and I felt like Mathilde hit it out of the park. The light pink was so flattering and stood out on that dreary, rainy day in Tokyo!

Laura Farout, Reporter:

My first pick is Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the banquet following Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement. She paired her Birgit Hallstein gown with a new glittery Jesper Høvring cape. This was a look that lived up to the magnitude of the event. The white-tie banquet following an enthronement ceremony definitely calls for the royal best, and Mary delivered. The sequin cape is what really makes this look so fantastic, and Mary carried the look so well.

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My second pick is Prince William’s sherwani from brand Naushemian by Nauman Arfeen worn to the reception at the Pakistan National Monument. It is so rare for royal men to make fashion headlines or to engage in diplomatic dressing as the female royals do, but William did so in a major way. This was such a great advertisement for how wonderful Pakistani men’s fashion is, and William looked so fantastic in his sherwani. The green not only was a great way to pay tribute to the Pakistan flag but also looked great on him.

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Laura’s thoughts:

I was a little disappointed with some of the fashion at Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement. It didn’t always live up to the grandiosity of the event, but Mary’s gown was the most grandiose look of them all. It made the dramatic and regal statement that I was craving for the enthronement.

Prince William’s sherwani made my jaw drop. I was expecting Kate to showcase local styles, and designers but I never would have guessed that William would. That he did so in such a put together and fashionable way just added to my pleasant surprise.

Heaven LeeMiller, Europe Correspondent:

Kate’s Jenny Packham green gown in Pakistan and Letizia’s Roberto Torretta red strapless dress at the 30th anniversary of El Mundo in early October are my two picks for this month.

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Heaven’s thoughts:

I chose the Jenny Packham one for Kate because while the whole Pakistan tour was a fashion success, this gown stood out for me as she looked stunning, and I loved the earrings. The colour was gorgeous as well. It was so appropriate for the setting, and I was just really impressed by the whole outfit.

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I chose Letizia’s outfit because I really really love her in red, and this dress is one of my favourites of hers. It fits her so well, and I really love the Jimmy Choo gold sandals and Carolina Herrera gold clutch. Her hair and makeup were stunning, also.

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.