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Kate and Camilla’s Gowns Steal the Show at King’s Coronation

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The coronation of King Charles III was a dazzling affair, with all eyes on Queen Camilla and Princess Catherine, popularly known as Kate Middleton, for their regal attire.

The British monarchy’s grand event showcased the quintessence of British design and artistry. Queen Camilla graced the occasion with two distinct robes, each reflecting a significant part of the ceremony. Her first robe, a luscious crimson velvet piece, was in homage to the late Queen Elizabeth II, as it was the same one she wore during her coronation seven decades ago. The robe was meticulously preserved by Ede and Ravenscroft, a renowned robe maker.

Her elegant white coat dress, designed by Bruce Oldfield, showed a beautifully embroidered underskirt adorned with gold and silver floral patterns, including daisies. The hem and cuffs of the underskirt had floral emblems representing the United Kingdom’s four nations.

During the coronation ceremony, Queen Camilla switched to the Robe of Estate, a masterpiece hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. This resplendent purple velvet robe coordinated with King Charles’s Robe of Estate. It featured intricate gold embroidery, showcasing the Queen’s cypher, national emblems of the United Kingdom, and various symbols of nature. Among the embroidered flowers were the Lily of the Valley, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth and part of Camilla’s wedding bouquet, and the Delphinium, which is Charles’s preferred bloom and the birth flower for July, Camilla’s birth month.

The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, captivated the audience in a stunning ivory silk crepe dress by Alexander McQueen. The dress, enriched with silver bullion and embroidery, displayed the floral emblems of the United Kingdom. Kate completed her look with Princess Diana’s pearl and diamond earrings and a headpiece crafted from silver bullion, crystal, and silver threadwork by Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen.

Dr. Benjamin Wild, a cultural historian and expert on royal attire, noted that the absence of tiaras during the coronation added a modern touch to the monarchy. He pointed out that only the King and Queen wore crowns embedded with jewels, further emphasizing their royal status.

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