Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Royal Wardrobe: and so into autumn

Mathilde in green during her State Visit to Japan features in this week's Royal Wardrobe
(photo MonarchieBe Twitter)

The colours of autumn started to make themselves felt in the Royal Wardrobe this week. The golden hues of summer have been replaced by rich jewel shades or interpretations of this season's trend for pastel and patterns. There's a chance to pick your favourite on the poll on the main page so settle back and enjoy five of the standout looks from the past seven days - it's this week's Royal Wardrobe.

Mathilde of the Belgians made her way through a whole rainbow of jewel colours during her State Visit to Japan this week but green was the colour for this queen. This deep forest green shift dress with three quarter length sleeves and skinny belt was a standout look for Queen Mathilde - the shape, the shade, the details all make it a winner. And when you add in the leaf print bag then you get an autumnal entry into the Royal Wardrobe that takes some matching. Marvellous from Mathilde.

Queen Letizia of Spain kept things muted for her appearance at the National Day parade that took place in Madrid in the middle of this week. She chose a white dress with black embroidery that took all of its style from its simple chicness. The elegant coat dress design in pure white was given a boost of brilliance by a leaf pattern picked out in black which faded away as it moved towards the hem of the skirt. Lovely from Letizia.

The Duchess of Cambridge kept it pale and interesting as she made her first overseas solo visit in a light blue skirt suit. The cowl neck and cinched waist with statement belt gave definition while the sky blue was a perfect foil for the pearl earrings which caused such a stir. Understated and elegant, Kate was the queen of chic in the Netherlands.

The chic queen of the Netherlands was meanwhile in Argentina and Maxima gave us a dream of a dress during her special visit home. Her green animal print frock with fitted waist and short sleeves is bold, beautiful and unbeatable on its day. Maybe only Maxima could get away with this one but who cares when it looks so good?

Red was the colour for the Danish Royal Family as they hosted a reception for their country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes and while Queen Margrethe chose one of her favourite and brightest suits, Crown Princess Mary kept it more muted. Her burnt burgundy lace dress takes everything from its fabric and shade, the deeper hue adding texture to the simple lines of the outfit. Mary stormed it, again.

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