Kate Middleton exuded elegance at the Jordanian royal wedding earlier this summer (on June 1st, 2023). The Princess of Wales wore a dusty pink Elie Saab gown to witness Crown Prince Al Hussein marry his long-term girlfriend Rajwa Al Saif at the Zahran Palace in Amman.
I’m sure the event had a special personal resonance for Kate, who spent part of her childhood living in Jordan with her family (pictured below). While not connected to royal affairs, her early experiences in the country likely made the event a unique trip down memory lane, in addition to being a diplomatic occasion.
We know the Princess also holidayed in the country two years ago.
Let’s look at Kate’s gown. According to Vogue Arabia, the design is from Elie Saab’s FW 2017 couture collection.
The fashion bible notes that by choosing Elie Saab as the designer, the Princess “championed the Arab world.” Saab is a renowned Lebanese designer, adding a layer of significance to Kate’s choice for the Middle Eastern wedding.
The frock showcased intricate floral embroidery on the high neckline, bell sleeves, and bodice. The floor-sweeping skirt featured delicate pleated detailing.
On the runway, the ethereal gown featured sheer leg-baring panels on the skirt and centre of the bodice:
Respecting the cultural and religious nuances of the occasion, Kate thoughtfully had the sheer sections of the gown lined. This adaptation wasn’t merely about adhering to the requirements for modest dressing in the Muslim faith; it also showcased Kate’s consideration and respect for the traditions and customs of her hosts. Alongside this, she chose to simplify the gown by removing the bow detailing from the cuffs, achieving a cleaner, more streamlined look.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time the Princess of Wales has made such conscientious sartorial choices; her wardrobe selections often reflect an acute awareness of the cultural and social contexts in which she finds herself.
Saab styled the gown with a thin gold belt on the runway, Kate chose to forego the belt for the wedding.
Are you curious to know if this is Kate’s first foray into wearing Elie Saab? Rest assured, it’s not. The Princess of Wales has donned the designer’s creations before. Notably, she wore a blue Elie Saab skirt and blouse ensemble at the Royal Ascot in 2019, and reprised the look at a garden party earlier this year.
Let’s move on to the Princess’s accessories now. They’re familiar pieces that we’ve seen before: the understated Wilbur & Gussie ‘Charlie’ Clutch in Gold and the Prada Scalloped Sandals in Beige Suede.
The envelope clutch is crafted from a glittering gold fabric and features an ornate circular brooch on the closure. It also comes with a silk wrist strap. Wilbur and Gussie manufacture the bags in Spain. The design is still available to buy today, for £245.
The Prada sandals feature a 4.5 inch stiletto heel, three precision-cut wavy straps and a zip fastening at the back. They’re made from ecru-coloured suede. Kate owns the shoes in at least one other colour, purple.
Kate finished her look with a pair of dazzling pink morganite and diamond statement earrings. Fans will recall she wore these sparkling gemstone drop earrings at high-profile events, including the 2017 BAFTAs, pictured below. Unfortunately, the designer and origin of the earrings remain a mystery.
With her thoughtful alterations and carefully chosen accessories, the Princess once again shows her skill in balancing style with cultural sensitivity. Whether she’s attending a royal wedding or charity event, the Princess continues to captivate us with her timeless elegance and thoughtful choices.
What did you think of her look at this significant event? Let me know in the comments below!