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Princess Kate stuns in coronation outfit with statement floral headpiece

The Princess of Wales arrived at the Coronation service

The Princess of Wales at the coronation
Fiona Ward
Acting Fashion and Beauty Editor
Updated: 6 May 2023
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Pictures have emerged of the Princess of Wales at the coronation of King Charles III, with the royal choosing to wear a stunning bespoke Alexander McQueen dress and sparkling headpiece for the occasion.

Kate's outfit was made in an ivory silk crepe material, with silver bullion and threadwork embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs – to signify the four nations of the UK. The Princess also added Princess Diana's pearl and diamond earrings in an extra tribute, finished with Gianvito Rossi silk pumps.

Kate teamed her look with a bespoke headpiece made in a collaboration between milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen. Sweetly, Princess Charlotte matched her mother in a custom Alexander McQueen look, too – a dress and cape in ivory silk crepe with ivory satin stitch embroidery featuring rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock motifs.

Princess Kate looked stunning in her headpiece and robes© Getty Images
Princess Kate looked stunning in her headpiece and robes
A closer look at the Princess of Wales' stunning headpiece© Getty Images
A closer look at the Princess of Wales' stunning headpiece

Prince William, meanwhile, also dressed traditionally, in the ceremonial dress uniform of the Welsh Guards. Both the Prince and Princess wore formal robes and mantels during the ceremony. 

It was a very special day for the Prince and Princess of Wales, who will not only see the historic coronation of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, but will also watch on as proud parents as Prince George takes part in the ceremony as a page of honour.

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The children chosen for the ceremonial role all have close connections to the royal family – George is joined by Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Nicholas Barclay, Ralph Tollemache, Gus and Louis Lopes, Freddy Parker Bowles and Arthur Elliot.

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While there was much speculation as to whether Kate would follow tradition with her look, her choice certainly gives a nod to Queen Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, for which close family members wore ivory gowns.

At the Queen's 1953 coronation, close female family members (including Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother) wore white dresses teamed with traditional coronation robes and sparkling headwear in a tiara or crown – but for King Charles' scaled-back ceremony, royal women did not wear tiaras.


Saturday's poignant ceremony follows a reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday night, where Princess Kate wowed in a chic Self-Portrait dress.

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