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Understated Elegance for the Princess at Pre-Coronation Lunch and Walkabout

Understated Elegance for the Princess at Pre-Coronation Lunch and Walkabout

With less than a day to the Coronation, things are hopping in London. Today the Prince and Princess of Wales attended a Buckingham Palace Lunch.

King Charles hosted the event for Realm Governors-General and Prime Ministers on the eve of his Coronation tomorrow.

More from The Telegraph’s coverage

There were 42 attendees in total, including UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and Prime Minister of New Zealand Chris Hipkins.

Guests arrived in the white drawing room before a drinks reception in the music room followed by lunch in the blue drawing room.

The Princess is seen speaking with New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins.

The Princess greeting guests. 

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

In this image, you also see Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (far right).

Here you see the Duchess of Gloucester, Prince William, Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence. I believe Princess Anne attended the event. With apologies, I don’t know the names/titles of the woman with the red shawl or the gentleman in the center of the photo.

Another view of the Princess.

Here you see the Duke of Kent with guests. 

The Prince and Princess. 

In this photo, the Princess is speaking with Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.

After lunch, there was an unexpected walkabout outside the Palace. 

Below, the Prince and Princess, as they arrived. 

The Princess with well-wishers. 

The weather was delightful for the walkabout, but it hasn’t been that way all day. Those camping out to save their place on the procession route have faced some nasty rain and wind.

From the BBC’s coverage.

The King laughed and shook hands with members of the public, who had brought union jacks and pretend crowns.

At one point, it looked like the Princess was on the phone.

It turned out she was. You can hear more in this video. 

We hear more about the walkabout via this Daily Mail story.

People cheered and could be heard shouting ‘God Save the King’ as the senior figures of the monarchy arrived to shake hands with well-wishers. One woman told Charles: ‘You look much younger in the flesh’  – causing him to jokingly grimace.

This could be the grimace referenced in the story.

Back to the Daily Mail’s article.

William spoke with well-wishers about his grandmother’s death last year as he strolled alongside Princess Kate and King Charles in an impromptu walkabout in The Mall on the eve of the Coronation.

Chatting with retired nurse Tess Hart, 69, from Leeds, he spoke of Queen Elizabeth’s passing and said she would be in his thoughts.

Mrs Hart told William she was in The Mall last September for her funeral.

William said: ‘Tomorrow will be more joyous. That day had a different mood. But I will remember the Queen tomorrow. We will miss her.’

Another video snippet. 

We return to the BBC piece

Speaking to a BBC reporter on the Mall, the princess revealed her children were “a bit nervous” and “excited” and could not wait for the day.

Prince George is set to play a starring role in the coronation and Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are also expected to attend the historic day.

“It is a moment of celebration; enjoy tomorrow,” Catherine said to one woman.

This is from Australia’s

The crowd has swelled significantly across Friday, with thousands arriving to claim their spot ahead of Saturday‘s procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey.

The trio stopped to shake hands and chat with people lining the barricades, thanking them for their support and sharing in their excitement for the weekend’s events.

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“How are the kids doing? Are they very excited?” one woman asked Kate as she worked her way through the crowd.

“Excited, a bit nervous, obviously – a big day ahead. But can’t wait, actually,” the Princess of Wales responded, before joking: “Hopefully it’s like swans – relatively calm on the outside, a bit paddle-y on the inside.”

One more photo from the walkabout. 

Now for our look at what Kate wore for the lunch and walkabout.

It is a dress many of us believe to be a Jenny Packham design, partly because of its similarity to other dresses worn by the Princess. Some will remember the blue sheath worn in Northern Ireland in October 2022. Today’s dress also has a resemblance to the black design worn to view floral tributes in mid-September at Windsor following the Queen’s death. Some minor differences exist, but I think this is most likely a bespoke Jenny Packham piece. 

The Princess accessorized with a new pair of Aquazzura pumps, the Bow Tie Pump 105. The design showcases a pointed toe, side cutouts, a 4.3″heel, and the distinctive wired bow at the back.

The style is also offered at Farfetch ($675, very limited sizes), is available at Saks ($725), as well as at Shopbop ($850), at Neiman Marcus ($850).  

It is not the first time the Princess has worn the design; we saw her in the blush/beige Bow Tie Pump at the June 2021 G7 reception in Cornwall.

This style remains available at Farfetch ($757), Net-a-Porter ($795), and Lozuri  ($645, $581 with coupon code SHOP10).  

It also looks like the Princess carried her black Prada clutch. Thank you to Emma 4About Royals for her insight on the bag.

We saw the return of the Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Drop earrings.

More information about them comes via Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault:

One of the wedding gifts received by Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten in 1947 was a pearl shell containing seven large pearls from the ruler of Bahrain at the time. According to the Royal Collection, two of these pearls were used not long after to create this pair of earrings.

The earrings each contain one large round diamond and four smaller ones, three baguette diamonds, and a Bahrain pearl dangling below.

Most recently, they were worn at the funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Today’s post is a little shorter than normal, largely because I need to move on to the next post covering tonight’s reception.

In this image, you see the Princess of Wales speaking with Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. The Princess is wearing a Self-Portrait frock, with thanks to UFO No More for the ID. I am off to work on that post now! 

I’ll leave you with this speedy Kensington Palace video. 



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Saturday 20th of January 2024

Absolutely stunning. It's so simple and yet I'm completely captivated by it. Something about such a neutral background with timeless accessories elevates Kate hair, makeup, and smile. She radiates confidence which is probably what makes this outfit such a winner (and compelled me to comment on it almost nine months later!).

Debra Bishop

Monday 12th of June 2023

Love this dress..I know it’s maybe a little dull, but it reminds me of the dresses she wore on their 2011 trip to Canada & the US. I had never followed her fashion wise, but the tour was a sartorial success IMO. Mostly just above the knee dresses fitted perfectly. Lately her style has made me really interested to see what she will wear next. Also love love the hair.


Thursday 11th of May 2023

I'd go so far as to proclaim this an iconic look. She is stunning from head to toe. And her hair is divine.


Sunday 7th of May 2023

She is surely the best example of elegance and grace. She could wear a flour sack dress and still be dignified. Others should learn.


Sunday 7th of May 2023

Talk about quiet elegance, this is it! Everything is so well curated, styled and tailored. To me, the star (and it’s hard to pick), is the earrings. All around beautiful.

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