Good Evening, loyal subjects!
Being a royalist, bordering on the obsessed, my first post just has to be about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Throughout her 60 years of reign, our monarch has been the epitome of grace, elegance and sophistication. She has set trends, flown the flag for British fashion and rocked some serious headgear, and she definitely hasn’t disappointed over the bank holiday weekend. Mind you, having a personal couturier can’t hurt when it comes to a wardrobe fit for a queen – Angela Kelly couldn’t have got it more right in my opinion, with a succession of graceful, refined and highly fashionable ensembles that suited Her Majesty to perfection. My favourite was definitely the first ensemble of the Jubilee events. She looked resplendant in a cream dress and matching coat for the flotilla on the Thames, sprinkled with gold and silver spots and spangled with Swarovski crystals.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton also looked phenomenal over the course of the celebrations, favouring gowns by Alexander McQueen; a striking scarlet dress with a pleat skirt, teamed with a matching Lock & Co hat and her trademark LK Bennett Sledge shoes for the flotilla on the Thames, and a stunning nude lace number with a Jane Taylor hat and the trusty LK Bennetts for the thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, my personal favourite of her Jubilee outfit choices (which surprised me as I’m all over fiery hues at the moment) She chose a thriftier £150 blue and purple silk patterned Whistles number for the Jubilee Concert, albeit perfectly coordinated with an Alexander McQueen navy blazer. Although before ‘the Kate effect’ has you rushing to the Whistles website, my sources tell me it’s last seasons and no longer available – doesn’t mean they won’t bring it back, a white Reiss dress and white Whistles shirt were both re-released due to popular demand after the Duchess of Style worked the pieces in the couple’s official engagement photographs
Honourable mentions: The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Not only does it appear her popularity with an often unaccepting public seem to be improving, her fashion choices are on the up too. I love that she chose a Philip Treacy hat, my personal fave milliner, and her silk Bruce Oldfield coat with a geometric print was understated yet right on the mark. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie get my award for Most Improved, someones has definitely stepped in there with some sage advice, although I still think they look boring and plain, just less hideous than they have done. Zara Phillips’ Karen Henriksen hat doesn’t seem to have been popular, but I must say I for one adored it – there’s not many things better than a really cool and original hat. And of course, I have to mention Princes Philip, Charles, William and Harry for looking so smart and dapper as always in their military dress.
All in all, I was as enamoured with the chic and stylish fashion choices as I was with the glorious pomp and ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee. Keep it up monarchy, you are heading in the right direction! And Kate, hurry up and become an expectant mother, I have a feeling you could show the yummy mummy celebs a thing or two about maternity wear…