Sure, the wedding’s A-list crowd (
Amal! Serena! Oprah!) are no strangers to serving up red carpet looks, but leave it to the royal family to give a master class in fascinators and day dresses. The royal family must follow strict rules for just about every facet of their lives, from what they eat, to when they stand, to, yes, what they wear for formal events. For example, they need to wear dresses that cover their shoulders and are knee-length or longer. Royals are required to accessorize their wedding looks with a hat and neutral nails, and when it comes to their footwear, wedges are out of the question. So while they won’t be sporting anything trendy, they flex their fashion muscles by experimenting with color, silhouettes, and standout hats.
From the boring, to the extraordinary, to the one look that’s taking Twitter by storm, here are nine royal family looks everyone’s talking about.
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen
If Kate’s outfit
, that’s because it is. The Duchess of Cambridge previously wore the ivory Alexander McQueen look to two high-profile events: Princess Charlotte’s christening
the Queen’s birthday. Kate’s choice to rewear an outfit she likes is so relatable, plus it’s a nice nod to Meghan, who values sustainability. And after all, no bride wants to be shown up on her big day, so we give Kate kudos for taking a backseat.
Queen Elizabeth in Stewart Parvin
Can anyone wear color like
Queen Elizabeth II
? The British monarch tapped Stewart Parvin to create a
top coat and skirt, complete with a matching top hat, purple feathers, and black accessories. While the Queen has been known to wear all the colors of the rainbow, a color consultant told
green is worn as a sign of respect and intention for the future. A progressive move during a progressive wedding? Yaaas, Queen!
Princess Eugenie in Gainsbourg Princess Eugenie
is one to watch at Royal weddings — remember her iconic look at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011? This time, she served up some major
Jackie O. vibes
with a Fiona Graham pillbox hat and shift dress by Gainsbourg. It’s more subdued than her previous wedding outfits, but still a win in our book.
Princess Beatrice in Roksanda Viola
In the spirit of toning it down, Princess Beatrice followed suit in an embellished number by Roksanda Viola. The voluminous,
sleeves veer toward costume territory, but the striking teal hue is refreshing in a sea of pastels.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall In Anna Valentine and Philip Tracey
From Oprah to Serena Williams,
blush was the color
to wear; however, Camilla Parker Bowles schooled the celeb crowd in a modern asymmetrical coat dress by Anna Valentine. Prince Charles’ wife is never one to turn down a good hat moment, and this feathered option by
did not disappoint.
Pippa Middleton in The Fold
It’s the dress heard around the Twittersphere. While the Fold dress definitely resembles a can of
Arizona iced tea
, it’s first and foremost a really beautiful look. The pastel color palette is perfect for a royal wedding, while the pint-sized pink fascinator complements the frock’s
Sarah Ferguson In Emma Louise Design
After famously getting snubbed from
Prince William and Kate’s nuptials
, Sarah Ferguson made a comeback in an Emma Louise Design jacket and dress. The navy and white color palette pairs nicely with Fergie’s fiery locks, while the sleek silhouette is something the bride herself might wear to future royal engagements.
Sophie, Countess of Windsor In Suzannah
FYI: royals aren’t required to wear the top coats and skirts. Sophie Countess of Windsor — who, by the way, is married to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex – traded in the the ubiquitous look for a
and full skirt by Suzannah.
Countess Karen Spencer in Pamella Roland
This. is. Everything. From the striking purple hue, to the spot-on fascinator, to the ridiculously chic cropped cape, this look added a jolt of energy to the arrivals procession. We have a feeling her late sister-in-law —
Diana, Princess of Wales
— would’ve approved.