The fashion was just as British as all the bunting, with guests regal and regular looking to Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Stephen Jones, Erdem and other top UK designers for their celebratory outfits.
The Duchess of Cambridge scored a hat-trick of McQueen looks over the extended celebration of the Queen’s six decades on the throne. Kate began the designer parade in a red, pleated-skirt dress by the designer of her globally feted wedding gown for the river pageant on Sunday.
On Monday evening, the Duchess topped a Whistles dress (now sold out) with a black McQueen jacket. The procession and service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral saw Kate choose a cream lace dress, also by Sarah Burton.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie spurned associations with questionable headgear in a clutch of tasteful outfits. Beatrice wore Suzannah, Erdem and Kinder Aggugini dresses over the weekend, all with coordinating Stephen Jones hats. Eugenie looked to Roland Mouret, vintage D & Me and Suzannah dresses, also choosing Stephen Jones toppers. Her union flag-painted fingernails brought a sense of fun to the formal occasion.
It was the guest of honour, however, who out-shone them all. The Queen sparkled in a series of crystal-strewn dresses and coats by personal dresser and designer Angela Kelly. The better to complement all the diamonds with, my dear...
See the Duchess of Cambridge’s looks in the gallery above.