It’s been a weekend of celebrations and history in the making for the coronation of King Charles. On Saturday May 6, some of the most fashionable celebrities, heads of state and members of royal families across the globe attended the official coronation at Westminster Abbey, which saw over 2000 guests witness the historical ceremony.
Although guests came dressed to the nines, they were actually asked to dress down for the occasion, breaking royal tradition as part of the King’s attempt to add an element of modernization to the coronation. So, tiaras were swapped for fascinators and, with the exception of the King, Queen and Prince and Princess of Wales in royal regalia – robes and grand ceremonial garments were eschewed for more relaxed look. The result? Some stunning fashion moments from everyone from Katy Perry to Princess Beatrice.
Then on Sunday 7 May, the new King and Queen were thrown a star-studded concert with thousands of cheering members of the public – some 20,000 of them – in the audience in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The evening was hosted by Downtown Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville and saw the likes of Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger and Tiwa Savage take to the stage. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, gave us a lesson in summer suit dressing (in her go-to Alexander McQueen, of course).
The evening also saw Prince William pay a touching tribute to his father and late grandmother, saying: “Pa, we all so proud of you,” before continuing: “I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us.”
Here are some of the finest fashion moments and best dressed guests from the coronation weekend…
In keeping with the Alexander McQueen theme of the weekend, the Princess of Wales wore a red McQueen suit and her hair in soft waves to attend the coronation concert celebrations.
Katy Perry stunned on stage in a metallic gold ball gown with matching opera-length gloves, and her hair slicked back into a sleek updo.
Stella McCartney wore an oversized check blazer minidress from her autumn-winter 2023 collection to attend the concert celebrations.
Making a spoken word performance at the coronation concert, actor Sonam Kapoor wore a floral gown co-designed by Anamika Khanna and Emilia Wickstead.
Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage performed at the coronation concert in a glittering off-the-shoulder green gown.
Nicole Scherzinger wore the perfect LBD ahead of her performance at the coronation concert.
Paloma Faith made a statement about the climate crisis before performing at the coronation concert.
The Princess of Wales wore formal regal robes and a deep blue Royal Victorian Order mantle edged in scarlet over an embroidered silk dress by Alexander McQueen for the coronation on Saturday 6 May. She didn’t opt for a tiara or flower crown, but a crystal and silver bullion leaf headpiece by Jess Collett for Alexander McQueen.
Katy Perry attended the coronation wearing a bespoke Vivienne Westwood lilac short sleeved jacket and matching tailored skirt, finished with purple silk flower corsage and large fascinator.
Rania Al Abdullah, Queen Consort of Jorda
Queen Rania wore a lemon yellow silk pencil dress by Tamara Ralph Couture.
Queen Letizia of Spain
Queen Letizia of Spain wore a fuchsia two-piece with a blush netted hat.
We love the soft yellow shade of Pippa Middleton’s gown.
Emma Thompson arrived at Westminster Abbey in a red rose print coat from Emilia Wickstead over a black dress with black satin bejeweled pumps by Roger Vivier.
Princess Beatrice wore a pink belted dress with a pearl clutch bag, statement headband and jewels by Garrard.
Jill and Finnegan Biden
Jill Biden wore a blue skirt with matching jacket, while granddaughter Finnegan Biden wore a custom Markarian sommer seamed corset dress with a matching cape in yellow silk crepe. The colours together appear to be a tribute to Ukraine, and the pair were seated next to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska.
Zara Tindall wore a cornflower blue belted dress with a brooch belonging to her mother, Princess Anne.
Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan wore a traditional kira in a beautiful purple shade as she arrived at Westminster Abbey with King Jigme Khesar.
Queen Masenate Mohato Seeis of Lesotho
The Queen of Lesotho coordinated her blue gown with her husband, King Letsie III of Lesotho.
Originally published in Glamour.co.uk
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