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Princess Marie-Chantal delights in fit-and-flare dress for pre-coronation reception - and wait until you see her bag

Princess Marie-Chantal looked was a vision in her white Mary Katrantzou dress

Princess Marie-Chantal delights in fit-and-flare dress for pre-coronation reception - and wait until you see her bag
Sophie Bates
Commerce Writer
5 May 2023
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Princess Marie-Chantal was among the foreign royals that attended the royal family's pre-coronation reception on Friday evening - and the Greek royal looked incredible in her angelic ensemble. 

The royal opted for a Mary Katrantzou white midi dress which had exaggerated pleated sleeves, and was fitted at the waist with a matching belt for the most flattering finish. Marie-Chantal styled the look with a pair of pointed-toe beige heels and a long pearl necklace, but it was her gorgeous statement bag that stole the show. 

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Marie-Chantal looked so elegant for the pre-coronation reception

Accessorising with the Olympia Le Tan x Olympia of Greece book clutch gave a special nod to Marie-Chantal's daughter, as the bag is part of the collection released by Olympia Le Tan in collaboration with Princess Marie-Olympia.

The clutch, which looks just like a book with an owl print, elevated Marie-Chantal's timeless ensemble perfectly.

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Princess Olympia was also spotted wearing one of her book bags recently, as the royal accessorising with the 'Martini' version as she attended Sofia Ritchie's star-studded wedding last week. 

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Marie-Chantal posed for the cameras alongside her husband Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, who wore a navy suit with a white shirt and a matching navy tie. 

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Marie-Chantel accessorised with a stunning pearl necklace

The pre-coronation reception saw European royals including Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and his wife Crown Princess Mary, King Felipe of Spain and his wife Queen Letizia and Queen Rania come together, along with the Prince and Princess of Wales, ahead of the official coronation service, which will take place on Saturday 6 May.  

READ: Princess Kate and Prince William join foreign royals at pre-coronation palace reception 

The ceremony will see King Charles III be officially crowned sovereign alongside his wife Queen Consort Camilla, and the pair will be joined by members of the royal family, members of parliament and celebrities to celebrate the monumental occasion. 

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Gown

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In 1953, a 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II slipped into an extravagant white duchesse satin gown embroidered with strings of pearls, sequins and crystals. The Norman Hartnell-designed dress moreover featured embroidered national and Commonwealth floral emblems in gold, silver and pastel-coloured silks.

On top of her sumptuous gown, the late monarch wore a six-and-a-half-metre Robe of Estate - made by royal robe-makers Ede & Ravenscroft. It took a team of 12 seamstresses, using 18 types of gold thread, a whopping 3,500 hours to complete the Queen’s velvet robe.

A special coronation concert will follow on Sunday 7 May, which will be held at Westminster Abbey. Several royal family members will be in attendance, and Prince William is expected to make a speech in honour of his father, King Charles.

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