It was a visual statement about coordination, solidarity and continuity that was impossible to miss. And if it wasn’t quite as obviously patriotic as some of the Union Jack outfits in the crowd, the colors painted a picture that was fully on-theme.
At the heart of it: the queen, in a powder-blue coat, dress and matching hat and gloves, with white laurel leaf trim in diamanté and pearls (plus some cool tinted sunglasses). The outfit was designed by Angela Kelly, her longtime personal assistant and senior dresser.
Matching her was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in her own mint blue hat and blue-and-white striped dress. Not to mention the queen’s great-grandchildren, with George in a navy suit and cornflower tie that matched Charlotte’s cornflower dress and Louis’s sailor suit — which itself echoed the navy and white of Catherine’s Philip Treacy hat. All of which made for an effective image of serenity and soft-power contrast with the heavily decorated bright red military dress of Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duke of Kent, and Princess Anne’s navy (also a calculated balance, given the current war being waged in Ukraine).
Yet for all the traditionalism and pageantry, there were also indications that the royals were adapting to the future.
Perhaps best embodied by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was wearing sapphire and diamond earrings that had belonged to her mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as a white Alexander McQueen coat dress that was as stripped-down as many suggest the future working royal family should be.