Recycled Fashion on Parade
Recycling old outfits was the order of the day for the royal ladies at both Saturday’s Trooping the Colour and at Monday’s Garter Day.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall both wore similar shades of turquoise. The Queen’s turquoise and red outfit has been seen many times in the past few years. image Her Majesty always likes to wear bright colours so that the public can identify her on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. The hat was by the Queens’ favourite milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan image Camilla’s outfit by Robinson Valentine with s stunning Philip Treacy hat had been first seen at Royal Ascot 2008. image This hat was a more traditional choice which suits the Duchess and a vast improvement on last year’s explosion of leaves!
Also in the carriage procession was the Countess of Wessex who although she wore a new Philip Treacy hat matched it with pink and green outfit from Ascot 2006. image Riding beside Sophie was the ever elegant Duchess of Gloucester. She repeated the gold outfit with oversized collar and flower headpiece which she had worn at her daughter Rose’s wedding to George Gilman in July 2008. image
Later, the biggest number of royals in recent years assembled on the balcony for the traditional flypast. Princess Michael of Kent wore a chic black and white combination (worn at Ascot 2008) and a wide brimmed black hat with oversized bow. image Lady Rose Gilman, whose husband George was making his first balcony appearance, looked summery in a red and white floral wrap dress. image Appropriately she wore a rose fascinator in her hair. Rose’s sister, Lady Davina Lewis wore an emerald green dress and sister-in-law the Countess of Ulster in a blue dress were also on the balcony with their husbands. Princess Alexandra was typically elegant in a dusty pink suit and matching hat whilst her daughter-in-law Julia Ogilvy also stood out in a blue-grey colour. image (Left to right – Princess Alexander, Julia Oglivy, the Countess of Ulster, George Gilman and Lady Rose Gilman)
The pillbox hat was favoured by a few royals including the Duchess of Kent, her daughter Lady Helen Taylor and Viscountess Linley. Lady Sarah Chatto looked wintry a black and white stripped jacket with a black beret. image Whilst Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie may have been absent there were still a large number of young royals on the balcony – the group included the Kent grandchildren of Lady Marina-Charlotte and Lady Amelia Windsor as well as Flora Ogilvy. Following recent trends the teenage girls wore feathery fascinators. Yet it was the children who shone this year on the balcony. Lady Louise made her first appearance and little Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Eloise Taylor were beautiful in their summery frocks. image
The entire family on the balcony – image
Garter Day was another occasion for the royal ladies to bring out their best outfits and hats. The Queen, the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra all followed the convention of white evening dress under their blue velvet Garter robes. image The Duchess of Cornwall surprised fashion watchers by wearing the stunning Philip Treacy white hat she wore to her civil marriage 4 years previous. image This was the first time the hat has been seen since her wedding and she combined it with a plain white dress and jacket. image The Countess of Wessex repeated a cream coloured outfit from Ascot 2008 including the Philip Treacy green small saucer hat. image The Duchess of Gloucester wore one another old favourite with a blue turban style hat. imageBritish Royals
Tagged Elizabeth II, Fashion, Garter Ceremony, Lady Rose Gilman, Princess Alexandra Lady Ogilvy, Princess Michael, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Gloucester, The Duchess of Kent, The Princess Royal, Trooping the Colour.