Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte at the Coronation of King Charles III and the Tribute to Lady Di
They are new times. And it is that today, after more than 70 years, the British Empire has a new king. The coronation of King Charles III had the British tradition of the ceremony with new protocol rules, showing that through royals like Kate Middleton they are ready for more modern airs.
A detail that was known to the media was that the new kings expressly requested that the new Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, not wear a tiara. That is why she decided to wear a jewel headdress that, at the end of it all, drew attention worldwide. Let’s remember that her previous title was Duchess of Cambridge. That today finally changed.
His outfit was full of symbology. The Mantle of the Royal Victorian Order, dark blue silk satin, trimmed in scarlet and lined with white silk taffeta, solemnly endorsed her new role as queen-to-be. Adding to this that she wore on him the Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order embroidered in gold, insignia of the order of chivalry created by Queen Victoria. Today the grand master is Princess Ana, younger sister of the now King Carlos III.
The dress is ivory in hand-embroidered crepe that has floral motifs which have also been embroidered, with motifs of thistles, daffodils, clover and roses. These are the symbols of the nations of the United Kingdom. Matching classic style shoes. Both mother and daughter wore designs by Alexander McQueen, one of Middleton’s favorite fashion houses for these formal moments. The closeness is so great that the tunic worn by Princess Charlotte was designed by Sarah Burton, the brand’s creative director, who oversaw that both princesses wore every detail according to the occasion, which is why the symbols on the tunic were the same motifs before mentioned.
The famous headdress Asking that no one else wear tiaras during the coronation, the now-Princess of Wales commissioned a headdress of three-dimensional leaves made of silver thread and crystal from milliner Jess Collett, who works for Alexander McQueen. Very similar in design to the one that the little princess wore and both shared a hairstyle, with their hair collected.
Nods to royalty were also part of the look, the jeweler of the British Royal Family was present, with pearl and diamond earrings that belonged to Diana of Wales. The well-known piece is called ‘Horseshoe and Laurel’, its design stands out for a double curve of various diamond cuts, with a group of marquise-cut stones in the center, from which a single silver pearl from the South Sea hangs. In turn, and under the cloak, he also wore George VI’s festoon necklace, with 105 diamonds, a piece that this monarch ordered to be made for his daughter Elizabeth II in 1950 and that during his 70-year reign was worn by the late queen on multiple occasions.
A detail that did not go unnoticed, although it was not in the protocol, was that both Camila, Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte dressed in white. A nod to Elizabeth II, because on the day of her coronation she and her court of bridesmaids also wore that color.
Watch the most iconic moments from the coronation here.
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