King Charles III, and his consort, Camilla, have been crowned in a historic ceremony at Westminster Abbey today - the first coronation in 70 years.
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at the Abbey with two of their children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Meanwhile, their eldest son, Prince George was one of the King's page boys.
The family walked in a procession behind the King and Queen consort as they made their way down The Nave of the Abbey.
For this momentous occasion, the Princess of Wales wore a Royal Victorian Order mantle and collar over a bespoke Alexander McQueen gown in ivory silk crepe. The dress is decorated with silver bullion and thread work embroidery featuring the English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil and Irish shamrock to represent each of the four nations of the United Kingdom.
The same flowers appeared on the royal’s wedding dress in 2011, also designed by Alexander McQueen's creative director, Sarah Burton.
DRESS UPDATE (8 MAY 2023)
Buckingham Palace released the official portraits of the Coronation on Monday.
Below is a close up of Catherine's Alexander McQueen dress.
We've seen Kate wear this silhouette previously. Her Alexander McQueen Velvet Gown shares the same curved v-neckline.
Many have noted that the gown's v-neckline in the portrait is different to the crew neckline seen during the Coronation service. There are varied theories to explain the difference, ranging from a near-identical new dress to wearing it back-to-front for the ceremony. Another theory presented by Alastair Bruce suggests a short cape or beloro was worn to protect the dress from the robe's wire-woven fastening cords that are used to secure it in place. It's hard to see any evidence of a cape from this photo.
It's highly likely there are two versions of the same dress. We've seen Kate wear near-identical Alexander McQueen gowns in the past (as referenced here). The v-neck gown may have been a back-up, or the crewneck gown may have been made to accommodate the change in dress code where robes were required, as suggested by Emily Andrews.
The Palace announced that the Princess of Wales wore the late Queen's George VI Festoon Necklace during the Coronation service, however, it was not visible until the release of the portrait photos.
King George VI commissioned the diamond necklace for his daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1950, which was created using 105 loose collets from the Crown heirlooms that he had inherited from Queen Mary. The necklace was designed with a triple strand of graduated collets suspended between two diamond triangles, and a single collet strand at the back.
Queen Elizabeth II wore it for many stately occasions, and it was last seen at the State Banquet for the King and Queen of the Netherlands in 2018.
In the portrait, the Princess of Wales wore the Royal Victorian Order sash and badge, along with the Maltese Cross.
Affixed to the left side of her dress was the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II which the Duchess was awarded in 2017.
Instead of a tiara, Kate wore a 3-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece, made of silver bullion, crystals and silver threadwork. The design is a collaboration between milliner Jess Collett and the Alexander McQueen fashion house. The Prince's Trust supported Jess Collett's millinery business 25 years ago which has since flourished.
It was delightful to see her daughter, Princess Charlotte, wear a matching dress and headband. You can read about the young royal's outfit on the Princess Charlotte Style blog.
Kate also paid tribute to her mother-in-law, the late Princess Diana with a pair of her pearl and diamond earrings.
A look at the chignon.
On her feet, Kate debuted the Gianvito Rossi 105 pumps in white silk ($775).
Following the Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey, the newly-crowned King and Queen returned to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach, while members of the royal family followed behind, including the Wales family in the Australian State Coach.
The King and The Queen were joined by their family on the Buckingham Palace balcony to view the military Flypast and conclude the day’s ceremonial events.
The Coronation celebrations will continue tomorrow with Big Lunch street parties and the Coronation concert.
If you would like further details about today's Coronation, please visit the royal.uk website.
Long Live The King!
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