April 29, 2015

What Charlene Wore to the British Royal Wedding

Hello friends, and a special hello to those of you who are on pins and needles waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to give birth! The Great Kate Wait The Sequel is in full force, with royal watchers checking their feeds every hour (at least) to make sure they don’t miss THE moment when Kate goes into labor. I can’t imagine how Kate must feel having this sort of audience. Most women can’t even stand when their husbands are frantic about the “it could be any time now” wait for labor. Lucy Ricardo said it best: “He keeps looking at me like I’m going to explode any minute.” Multiply that times a million, right? Talk about pressure. But I digress. Today is Wills and Kate’s wedding anniversary, so I thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and look at what Princess Charlene – who then was still Charlene Wittstock – wore to the British royal wedding.

The night prior to the wedding was the pre-wedding dinner, what we Americans might call the Rehearsal Dinner, but quite amplified for a royal wedding with so many heads of state in attendance. Charlene wore the above knock-out, dove-grey Akris gown, which honestly is so beautiful I could cry (you can see the full-length photo here). The sheer shawl created a wispy bateau neckline and balanced the shining silk of the gown’s ruffles, giving her an ethereal quality. I’m not usually a ruffles fan, but Charlene might convert me with this gown. It is glamour personified. She’s made of moonlight, guys.

The next day, April 29, was the royal wedding we all waited to see. (I personally stayed up all night for it, which in hindsight was a huge mistake because I was living out west at the time and the events didn’t really start til morning – anyway.) For the wedding, Charlene again turned to Akris, again in dove-grey, but this time opting for a matching coat and dress appropriate for the 11am church ceremony. The coat was unembellished and elegant, sort of a reflection of Kate, strangely enough.

And of course, what is a British wedding without a hat? Charlene’s hat was wide-brimmed, soft, with a linen-like quality. It was rather simple, at least in comparison to the others at the wedding:

I liked it very much! Maybe especially when looking at the other hats…ha.

She topped off her ensemble with a matching clutch, nude pumps, pearl earrings and white gloves. Again, very Kate, and very British-wedding. I particularly love how she and Albert matched their colors. You know a couple spends too much time together when they get all matchy-matchy. (My own husband finds this sort of thing nauseating…I just find it charming.)

So there you have it, folks! Charlene looked luminous, but didn’t outshine the bride. Couldn’t have. Not when the bride looked like this:

A little nod to our friends over in the UK, especially to the DoC as she awaits the birth of her baby. Happy pushing, Kate!

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