Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte Wear Matching White Alexander McQueen Gowns for King Charles III's Coronation
The pair look almost like a bride and flower girl in their attire created by the very same designer who made Kate's iconic wedding dress.
The coronation is has officially ended at Westminster Abbey, which means that King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have been formally crowned as the new King and Queen of England. Though the moment was as historic as a royal wedding, there was one clear difference: Instead of all eyes being on the couple, two other people stole the show during the church service: Kate Middleton and her daughter Princess Charlotte. The pair wore matching white Alexander McQueen gowns for the occasion, something reminiscent of Kate's own wedding which was also held at Westminster Abbey.
The mother-daughter duo look just like a bride and flower girl in their matching white attire, which were created by the very same designer responsible for making the Princess of Wales's wedding dress in 2011. According to People, Kate's white gown is made of ivory silk crepe with silver bullion and features thread work embroidery rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock motifs; the embroidery was meant to symbolize the four nations of the U.K. Charlotte's dress appears to be a mini version of her mother's statement gown, complete with all the same detail work.
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Instead of traditional tiaras, as many royal watchers expected, Kate and Charlotte wore unique headpieces created by Jess Collett x Alexander McQueen. People reports that they're made of silver bullion with crystal and silver thread work three-dimensional leaf embroidery. Kate's headpiece features two rows of leaves while Charlotte's is made of just one.
Kate further accessorized with a pair of pearl and diamond earrings as a nod to her late mother-in-law; the drop earrings were part of Princess Diana's personal collection. She also honored the late Queen Elizabeth by wearing the George VI Festoon Necklace. People reports that the bauble was made in 1950 at the request of King George VI for his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who would later grow to be queen.
While their looks were arguably the most statement-making of the morning, Kate and Charlotte weren't the only royals in white. People reports that Queen Camilla wore a white gown with crystal detailing and gold wildflower embroidery that was created by Bruce Oldfield in Battersea, London. The daisy, forget-me-not, celandine, and scarlet pimpernel details were designed to signify her and King Charles's love of nature. "Flower emblems of the four nations of the United Kingdom—a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock—are also featured on the underskirt and cuffs of each sleeve," People reports. The choice may also have been a subtle nod to the late Princess Diana, as the designer was one of her personal favorites in the 1980s. During the crowing, she wore the Queen Mary's Crown, which many people expected.
And attire in the wedding-worthy hue still didn't stop there; it was a popular one among all guests this morning. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wore a white gown, Princess Charlene of Monaco wore an ivory suit, and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore a white tea-length dress.
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