I think we can all agree the Wales children were a delight to watch at the coronation. Nine-year-old Prince George capably carried out the role of ‘Page Boy’ and charmed onlookers. Five-year-old Prince Louis lived up to expectations with his endearing antics and provided us with some memorable meme-worthy moments. And Princess Charlotte was immaculate, in both attire and actions. The recently turned eight-year-old did her parents and grandparents proud.
The young Princess captured the attention of my own little one, who wasn’t at all interested in the coronation until Charlotte’s appearance. A moment before, she loudly declared that she “didn’t like this” and asked for the TV to be turned off. Enter Kate and Charlotte dressed in full regalia. They enchanted my three-year-old. She immediately asked for “the Princesses again” and demanded I find her Elsa dress. We completed her ensemble with a rather tacky-but-wonderful plastic crown. But enough about my Princess. We are here to discuss Charlotte’s attire.
Princess Charlotte’s Exquisite Garland Headband & Immaculate White Cape Outfit
The Palace confirmed the young princess wore a dress and coordinating cape by Alexander McQueen—her mother’s go-to design house.
Both were crafted from ivory silk crepe. The dress featured a mid-length skirt and bracelet-length sleeves. The atelier finished both pieces with embroidered roses, thistles, daffodils, and shamrocks to symbolise the four countries in the United Kingdom.
Roses for England, thistles for Scotland, daffodils for Wales and shamrocks for Northern Ireland.
A circlet of embroidered silver flower and leaves sat atop of Charlotte’s plaited updo:
Another creation by Alexander McQueen, who collaborated with Jess Collett, a milliner based in London’s Notting Hill. The headband complemented the grand headpiece worn by her mother, the Princess of Wales.
As noted in Vogue, the choice of leaves and florals in the headpieces worn by the two Princesses were likely a nod to the botanical motifs used throughout Charles’s coronation—including the flowers in the coronation ‘emblem’, the hand-embroidered tree on the anointing screen used at the most sacred moment of the coronation, and of course, the intricate hand-painted illustrations used for the invitations. You’ll recall the invites also included the “Green Man”, an ancient figure from British folklore that symbolises spring and rebirth.
Prince Charles clearly wanted his passion for nature reflected throughout the proceedings. I think it’s lovely that Kate and Charlotte honoured this with their headgear!
Jess Collett’s creations have graced the pages of prestigious magazines like Tatler, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. Her connection to the Wales family is noteworthy, as she has designed hats and headbands for Charlotte’s aunt and Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton Matthews, on multiple occasions. (Below, Jess Collett’s ‘Mazzy’ headbands.)
But Jess Collett also has deeper ties to the royals; a loan from The Princes’s Trust 25 years ago allowed the milliner to launch her now flourishing business. I suspect this connection played a significant role in her involvement in designing the headpieces for the weekend’s events.
On Instagram, Jess Collett acknowledged the link by writing a thank-you message: “Thank you King Charles and The Princess Trust for your support… still going strong today and loving my trade.”
Back to Charlotte’s look. The young princess finished her outfit with a pair of ‘Siena Strap Shoes’ from Papouelli London, a children’s footwear company that creates shoes that are classical with a modern twist. The special occasion flats feature a rounded toe and a strap across the top that closes with a silver buckle.
Royal style expert Bojana spotted the shoes and wrote to the brand, who confirmed the ID.
If you have a special occasion on the horizon—perhaps a wedding or a first communion—you can purchase the shoes from the brand’s website papouelli.com (RRP £83-£87). Princess Charlotte wore the shoes in cream, but they also come in white, silver and black (at the time of writing).
The youngster completed her outfit with a small bracelet. It looks like the piece is made from small pearls and closes with a gold clasp. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything further about the item.