Here’s a look at what the royal women wore to Sunday’s National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
Starting with the most senior Royal first, we’ll take a quick look at The Queen’s outfit. Of course, in black, she looked to be wearing an Angela Kelly coat and a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan in velvet.
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The coat was a simple double-breasted felt affair, with a collar. The hat had a tall crown, with ‘cartwheel’ brim (short, sloping down slightly) with a multi-loop bow. Her Majesty also wore Queen Mary’s bow brooch to hold her poppies in place.
Next, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – who stood with The Queen – was in a collarless coat featuring trimmed buttons and hem.
Her hat was a large brimmed one from Phillip Treacy, complete with ostrich feathers. One side was slightly upturned, reminding me somewhat of the Musketeers…! She also wore her Royal Lancers regimental brooch with her poppies.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was in a new coat by Dolce and Gabbana. The collarless piece feature military-style gold double buttons, flap pockets to the hip and its hem falls past the knee. Of course, Kate may have had hers shortened, or the skirt flared, a style she is so fond of.
She teamed it with an old black velvet hat by Phillip Treacy, first worn to Prince William’s passing out parade in 2006. Her accessories were Oscar de la Renta Sun Star pearl earrings, plus a new black clutch with gold trim (see image below). What Kate Wore identifies this as Emmy, the brand’s ‘Natasha’ bag. Kate also wore Cornelia James gloves.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, unusually chose a navy and black outfit for the occasion. Her dress, from Oscar de la Renta, featured balloon half-sleeves, a round neckline, and a pleated skirt from a slightly dropped hem in a navy and black houndstooth tweed. Two buttons complete the look.
Sophie’s hat was a new piece from Jane Taylor, her favourite milliner. It features a bow covering two feathers, with another hidden bow on the rear, upturned side. Royal Hats identifies this as a customised version of the label’s Persimmon from this year’s line.
She chose pale green drop earrings (quartz? topaz?) and wore her Rifles regimental brooch, plus black leather gloves.
Lastly, Princess Alexandra was also in attendance. She chose a very simple back coat with fur funnel collar, and paired it with a large-crowned hat. It had netting and one large velvet flower off centre, plus miniature flowers within it, creating a lovely cascade look.
She also wore her regular large pearl earrings, and her Rifles regimental brooch alongside her poppies.