And although the majority of the gown was cloaked by the Princess of Wales’ robe of The Royal Victorian Order, motifs were visible on the hem that harked back to the dress she wore when she married Prince William in 2011.
The floral motifs, sewn into the ivory dress using silver embroidery, were shamrocks, roses, thistles and daffodils – used to represent Britain and Ireland’s national flowers.
And for many royal watchers, this would have been regarded as a throwback to her wedding dress.
Her bridal gown, also designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, featured exactly the same floral motifs along the hem.
For the Coronation on Saturday, Princess Kate, 41, paired her dress with a Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen headpiece, with three-dimensional leaf embroidery made of silver thread, crystal, and gold.
It’s believed Kate steered clear of a tiara out of respect for King Charles and Queen Camilla, who were the only Royals wearing ornate crowns during the crowning ceremony. It’s also thought that she wanted something more “low-key” to match the pared-back event.
Princess Charlotte wore a headpiece that matched her mother’s – as well as a cape dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Kate also paid tribute to Princess Diana during the Coronation – wearing the late royals pearl and diamond earrings.
Royal fans praised Kate for including jewellery worn by Prince William’s late mother – so that she was incorporated into the ceremony in some way.
The current Princess of Wales also traded her usual bouncy royal blow-dry for a detailed updo for the Coronation. Although she often sports a bun when wearing a hat to an official event, she upgraded the weekend’s updo with the help of some plait detailing.
Plaited buns are already predicted by experts to be the “it” style for 2023 summer brides thanks to a trend largely started by American model and TV personality Sofia Richie, who chose to wear a similar hairstyle for her wedding in France in April.
The Princess of Wales wore the robe of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) for the Coronation as Queen Elizabeth II made Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the RVO in 2019.
But while Kate and Charlotte wore traditional Coronation dresses, albeit without the expected tiara, other royals including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie did not.
Speaking to OK! about the York sister’s outfits, royal fashion expert Rosie Harte said: “It’s interesting that they’re wearing day dresses, it’s the sort of thing you would see at a royal wedding for example. Traditionally we would have seen them in full court dress, so white tie with a tiara and velvet cape.”
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