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AP PHOTOS: Who wore what to King Charles III’s coronation


LONDON (AP) – What do you wear to a coronation?

For senior royals like Queen Camilla and Kate, the Princess of Wales, the theme was pale, understated dresses to let their regal robes and glittering jewelery do the talking.

Camilla, who was crowned with King Charles III at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, wore an embroidered silk dress in shades of ivory, silver and gold with a short train by Bruce Oldfield – a British designer favored by the royal family – with matching shoes.

Kate wore an ivory silk crepe dress by British fashion house Alexander McQueen under her cobalt blue and red Royal Victorian Order cloak or robe. Instead of wearing a tiara, she opted for a large headpiece of silver and crystal, designed by milliner Jess Collett in collaboration with McQueen.

She also wore pearl and diamond earrings from William’s late mother, Princess Diana.

Her 8-year-old daughter, Princess Charlotte, wore a similar headpiece and an ivory McQueen cape gown embroidered with rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs to represent the four countries of the United Kingdom.

Many guests opted for striking pastel-colored outfits that provided cheerful color accents in the wet gray weather.

US first lady Jill Biden wore a royal blue skirt suit by Ralph Lauren, with a matching hairpiece and gloves. She appeared with her granddaughter Finnegan Biden, who wore a yellow dress with matching cape from New York label Markarian.

Pink was a particularly popular choice for many. The French Brigitte Macron chose Louis Vuitton for a light pink short dress with matching jacket, designed by designer Nicolas Ghesquière. Spain’s Queen Letizia also opted for pink, wearing a skirt suit with peplum fringes, matching heels and a large stylish hat.

Pop star Katy Perry, who will perform at a coronation concert on Sunday, wore a Vivienne Westwood jacket with matching fitted skirt. She styled the tailored look with a crinoline-based headpiece with a layer of tulle and a cheery widow veil, adorned with a bow.

British MP Penny Mordaunt, who carried the “sword of state” at the coronation ceremony, stole the show with a striking teal blue cape dress and hat embroidered with golden ferns.

Prince Harry, who attended the ceremony without his wife Meghan, wore a bespoke three-piece black and gray Dior suit.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.