Costumes at the coronation ceremony: what the guests wore

Costumes at the coronation ceremony: what the guests wore

written by Leah Dolan, CNN
Nicole Mowbray, CNN

Choosing the “right” outfit to wear to any royal event is of the utmost importance, and few moments can be more historically significant than the coronation of a new monarch.

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Much has been said about breaking with tradition for the coronation of King Charles III and extending to the guest dress code. Gone are the requests for attendees to wear oversized robes or ceremonial attire in favor of a more relaxed look.

However, members of the royal family arrived in traditional regalia. The Prince of Wales was dressed in the uniform of the Welsh Guards, while the Princess of Wales looked radiant in formal robes – she wore an ivory silk crepe dress by Alexander McQueen punctuated with silver bullion embroidered roses, thistles, daffodils and shamrock motifs symbolizing difference. United Kingdom countries.

Prince William, Catherine, Princess of Wales and their children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrive at the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. credit: Toby Melville/WPA Poole/Getty Images

According to CNN’s royal experts Max Foster and Lauren Moorhouse, Kate was also wearing a pair of pearl and diamond hoop earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana, as well as a lavish silver laurel headpiece by Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen.

The respected British designer is a fan favorite in Wales. Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen since 2010, created Kate’s stunning wedding dress in 2011. At the coronation this morning, Princess Charlotte dressed McQueen similarly – matching her mother in a white silk crepe look and matching satin floral embroidery, as well as a headpiece Similar silver.

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla, Queen Consort, attend their coronation in Westminster Abbey. credit: Yue Mok/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

The Queen Consort dress had a nod to tradition while incorporating more modern and personal touches. Upon her arrival at the convent, Camilla dons the scarlet velvet robe of state. Beneath it was the ivory, silver and gold embroidered coronation dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield.

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska walks outside Westminster Abbey prior to the coronation ceremony of Britain’s King Charles in London. credit: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

First Lady Jill Biden wore a blue Ralph Lauren skirt suit with a coordinating hair bow and was accompanied by her granddaughter Finnegan Biden in an elegant faded yellow cape dress by Markarian, in what could be seen as a clothing gesture to show solidarity with Ukraine. Inside the convent, the couple sat next to Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska in an icy blue dress and coat.

Greg Wise and Emma Thompson arrive at Westminster Abbey for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. credit: Carwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

British actress and “Love Actually” star Emma Thompson arrived at the ceremony wearing a red monochrome rose-print coat by Emilia Wickstead, donned with the Dame Commander in Chief of the British Empire (MBE).

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Thompson, who became famous for subverting the royal dress code after being awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2018 at A pair of Stella McCartney to Stan Smith trainersoutside Westminster Abbey this morning in a more luxurious type of shoe: black satin Roger Vivier pumps with a heel and a crystal buckle.

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Katy Perry and Edward Enninful arrived with their baby pink and blue look. credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Elsewhere, Australian musician Nick Cave looked dapper in a classic black three-piece suit and Gucci loafers, while Katy Perry was set to headline Coronation ceremony in Windsor on Sunday) wore a pink skirt suit and pearl necklace designed by Vivienne Westwood – the late British designer who passed away in December 2022.

Nick Cave and Rowan Williams were spotted during the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Perry was accompanied by British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who arrived in an icy blue waistcoat and polka dot tie.

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Next came world leaders, politicians, and international members of government. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau was seen braving the rain on his way to Westminster Abbey. His wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, cut short the gray weather in a blush-colored satin dress with organza sleeves. Akshata Sunak, wife of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak – who arrived in a classic morning suit – opted for a matching cornflower blue suit.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on their way to the ceremony. credit: Jeff G Mitchell/Getty Images

Princess Anne appeared in heavy military uniform with a golden braid to perform her role as “golden wand in waiting” responsible for the personal safety of the King. No stranger to the military uniform, Anne is a colonel in several international regiments.

Princess Anne’s stern look stood out from the rest of the crowd. credit: Jeff G Mitchell/Getty Images

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Top photo: The Princess of Wales arrives at the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey, London.

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