The Princess Consort Gets It Right

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, stunned everyone with her elegant and stylish choice of ensembles for her wedding to Prince Charles today. For the civil service at the Guildhall in Windsor, the new Duchess (who is technically also the Princess of Wales, although she is not using that title) wore an oyster silk basket weave coat over a chiffon oyster-coloured dress and a wide-brimmed Philip Treacy hat from straw overlaid with French lace topped with a spray of feathers, matching suede shoes and an ivory leather clutch bag by Launer, the royal bag makers. For the blessing in St George's Chapel, the Duchess wore a floor-length, porcelain blue silk coat dress embroidered with gold, changing back into the first dress later.

Prince Charles wore his naval dress uniform for his first wedding to Princess Diana, but for today's festivities he wore a traditional morning suit. The couple is honeymooning in Aberdeen, Scotland, where Camilla's official title is the Duchess of Rothesay.

When she arrived in Aberdeen, she wore a cerise coat with Rothesay tartan trim complemented by a tartan shawl, black court shoes and black handbag. Camilla's wedding ensembles were specially designed for her by Robinson Valentine dressmakers of London. Her jewelry was understated; she wore large diamond and pearl drop earrings and a diamond lapel pin in the shape of the Prince of Wales feathers. The new Duchess is off to an excellent start, as far as fashion goes. But perhaps the highest praise came from Elizabeth Emanuel, Princess Diana's designer who said, "I think Camilla's choices were brave, unusual and without doubt a triumph."

Posted on April 9, 2005

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