Kate's scarlet fashion choice raises eyebrows in more ways than one
Queen Elizabeth, Camilla and Kate stand aboard the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames on Sunday. (AFP/GettyImages)
We can only imagine how many strategy sessions are held when the women of the Royal Family are due to attend the same event.
Queen gets the final say, of course.
The clothes chatter hit overdrive in the wake of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday. This was, after all, the Queen's day to shine as her subjects, in boats and on the shore, paid tribute to her 60 years on the throne.
What would she wear? Equally debated, what would her granddaughter-in-law, Kate, wear? She is, after all, the one who has been setting the fashion standard. Oh, the tension!
When Kate emerged to board the royal barge, there were some gasps. Next to uniformed Princes William and Harry, Kate was a stark contrast in stunning scarlet. It was a Alexander McQueen outfit with pleated skirt, topped by a felt floral hat from Sylvia Fletcher of Lock and Co. If it looked slightly familiar, it's only because Kim Kardashian wore the same $2,000 outfit (different dimensions, of course) last year.
The Queen, on the other hand, was clothed in ivory boucle, her Angela Kelly coat bejewelled with Swarovski crystals. She definitely held her own, though it didn't stop some observers from slapping the Duchess's hand for trying to upstage the Queen.
Wrote the Daily Mail:
"Oh Kate, what were you thinking? While the rest of the royal party sensibly opted for a muted palette, determined not to outshine the woman at the centre of it all, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a scarlet dress so bold and bright it just screamed: 'Look at me!'
Another pundit suggested that the next time we see Kate with the Queen, she'll probably be wearing beige ("It's not nice to outshine Queen Elizabeth.")
Then again, it's hard to argue with Kate's fashion choices. Red has become her signature colour, she wears it well and, heck, she even matched the boat colour.
If the Queen seemed ticked at her colour choice, she wasn't showing it. She didn't have to.
There was no upstaging the Queen on this day.
Right: Pippa Middleton and her brother James pose for pictures as they take part in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. (AFP/Getty Images)