The Princess of Wales is ready for spring. Kate joined the rest of the royals – King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and the new Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh – at Westminster Abbey to celebrate Commonwealth Day yesterday.
For the occasion, Kate opted for something a little different – swapping her signature formal coat dresses for an elegant mid-length skirt suit – the perfect springtime occasionwear. The princess arrived at the service wearing navy floral look by London Fashion Week favourite Erdem, which featured a tailored, almost corset-like jacket with a peplum, and a skirt with a gently flared hem. Kate has worn pieces by Erdem on previous occasions, putting it up there with Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, Jenny Packham and Alessandra Rich as one of her favourite luxury brands.
The royal teamed her tailoring with navy Gianvito Rossi pumps, an Emmy London clutch, a matching blue hat and heirloom jewellery that previously belonged to Princess Diana. She swapped her trademark bouncy blow-dry for a chignon style up-do, which showed off the shimmering diamond-and-sapphire drop earrings that were once owned by her late mother-in-law.
Kate matched the earrings to her famous sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring, as well as Queen Alexandra’s Three Feathers Brooch, which features the Prince of Wales feather emblem. The historic piece has been previously worn by both Queen Camilla and Princess Diana, who would often wear it as a pendant.
William matched Kate in a navy trouser suit for the celebratory service, while Camilla – who stood next to Charles in a grey pinstripe suit – carried on the blue theme in a brighter cobalt coat dress with a matching hat.
The elegant skirt suit is part of the forthcoming Erdem pre-fall collection so it won’t be available to buy until later this year – but it’s available to pre-order below: