WOW. The Queen is looking fieeerce on arrvial for the Diamond Jubilee River Pagent. I'm handing a 'Hello, my name is fabulous' name tag (diamond encrusted of course) over to Elizabeth for her quilt effect, ruffle trimmed Angela Kelly designed white coat and assymetric brimmed hat.

I love that she went for black shoes and bag instead of her usual head-to-toe colour wash. I am dying with the human factor of The Queen's bag hanging open. Watch out for bottles of medication, crumbled up tissues stuck to boiled sweets and a tortoise-shell comb falling overboard. Kate did good.

I love this pleated £1,195 McQueen Fall 2011 with a dropped peplum waist detail. The rich red is perfection against Kate's colouring and the hat is whimsical without looking stuffy or stupid. I might be wrong but I think she's wearing a  slingback. Fingers crossed they're not LK Bennett. I actually like the nude shoe here, for once. After getting what she calls 'the usual' wash and blow-dry from mane-man Richard Ward this morning, K-Middy's outfit was topped off with a Sylvia Fletcher hat from James Lock & Co. and she wore a brooch with tiny two silver dolphins on it - a present from the Royal Navy Submarine Service, of which William is Commodore in Chief. The scary thing is that Kim Kardashian wore this dress in trashy form. Eeek! The polar ends of class in fashion have crossed streams. Thankfully Kate avoided the silver stripper heels.

About Aisling O'Connor

Aisling is an Irish fashion, pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work can be seen in Harpers Bazaar, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and The Independent's Irish edition and many others. With a unique sartorial perspective, she strives to translate high fashion and street style into accessible looks - and savage often ridiculous celebrity stylings as a matter of public service.
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  1. BOHOMOTH says:

    *Claps* Good spot Shiny.

  2. Shana says:

    I was going to write ‘As we look back on fashion through the ages…they will see what there were certain people that were considered ‘fashionable’, ‘had style’ or that innate drawing to the the legend known as ‘Anna Wintour’. The first two examples – exemplifies – The Queen (picq hat) & Kate (bravo) ——- no comment for the last. Really,Kim?

  3. jojo says:

    Amazing I never would have thought that’s the same dress…the designers should pay Kim not to wear their clothes..

  4. twiggy twiggy says:

    I would like to hear the phone call where royal stylist tears the strip off whoever at the design house recommended Kate Middleton wear the same dress as what Tina Fey calls a creature “invented by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes”.

  5. sylly says:

    Nicely done, as usual.

    Kate’s dress shows up orange on my screen. I can only see that it’s actually red from the Kim K pictures. And it really is a lovely shade of red, once I can actually see the real color.

  6. Tia says:

    you know- Catherine is so slim, the first thing I noticed here was her boobs….not being pervy- just with that extra cup size and tiny , “I ate a hamberger” shadow below the peplum thingy, I instantly wondered if the preggers rumours were true

    • BOHOMOTH says:

      I’m still convinced she is preg. But I was wrong about something once back in 1997 I believe, (haha kidding) so time will tell ;-) x

  7. fruch says:

    If the Queen is anything like the all women in my grandma’s nursing home (and her choice of handbag says she is), the contents will, by law, be a tangerine and an incontinence pad. Nothing else.

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