We're turning over to all things British! After all, the weekend is bound to be a full-blown Brit-fest with the opening ceremony for the London Olympics kicking off early Saturday morning. From the impending 12 day sports-fest to the recent diamond jubilee to the never-ending inspiration from a certain newbie to the Windsor clan, we're currently enamoured with anything and everything to do with royal Britannia. To remind you of the fashion royalty that call the motherland home, we've collated our top ten, best dressed British style stars. Step inside to see who made the grade.
The royal family gathered yesterday for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London. Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with multiple events this week, was joined by her husband Prince Philip. He was able to return to his official duties after spending a few days in the hospital last week suffering from a bladder infection. Happily, he was home by last Sunday, his 91st birthday. The Trooping spectacle is the official birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth, though her real big day is April 21. She turned 86 this year.
Kate Middleton wore an Erdem dress and Jane Corbett hat to participate in the festivities with her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry. British label Erdem is one Kate wears frequently, having last sported one of his blue lace designs to a friend's wedding. She role in a carriage during the the Horse Guards Parade, which Prince William was in uniform to ride in atop a horse, and later joined the senior royals for photos on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry caught up with cousins Beatrice and Eugenie, and Kate even shared a sweet moment with Prince Edward's daughter Louise.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William joined his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, yesterday for an appearance in the East Midlands. The outing was part of the queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which came to a head during the first weekend of June with a concert, mass, and royal family balcony appearance. Today, Kate Middleton wore Missoni for the second time. She wore the blue coat-dress to accompany the queen and Prince Charles's wife, Camilla, on a March visit to a London Fortnum & Mason.
Today, the three royals boarded a train in London and travelled to Nottingham. They presided over a track and field meet with local youngsters, which was organised by the Queen and Prince Philip's Fields in Trust organisation. Prince William praised Queen Elizabeth in a speech before the games and field dedication ceremony began. He said, "This marvellous charity provides people of all ages up and down the country with the space to play sport, keep fit and generally get outside and enjoy themselves in the fresh air. Fields in Trust, I know, is very dear to my grandparents' hearts, as it is mine." Afterward, Queen Elizabeth, Duchess Kate, and Prince William also made another balcony appearance at the city's town hall.
Queen Elizabeth II led the royal family from her Diamond Jubilee mass at St. Paul's Cathedral yesterday morning back to their home base at Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a carriage ride across the city. With the queen's husband, Prince Philip, hospitalised with a bladder infection, she shared a ride with her son Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. The royals stepped out onto the palace's balcony, where Prince William and his wife Kate shared their iconic wedding kiss on April 29, 2011. There was no lip-locking for Will and Kate this time, though. Instead, it was all about celebrating William's grandmother as her four-day celebration winds down.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is drawing out Kate Middleton's chicest looks. Kate Middleton joined the royal family to celebrate the queen at both the weekend's festivities on the Thames and yesterday's service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral — opting for ladylike McQueen sheaths at both. She stepped out on the Thames first in a customised scarlet dress, then followeded with a more sub-dued, church-appropriate lace frock, accessorising each with a coordinating hat and clutch — and her signature LK Bennett pumps. With both looks she proves again that she wears just about anything from ball gowns to polished day dresses with the same ease and elegance. Click on to see Kate light up the queen's celebration from all angles.
Princes William and Harry attended a special Thanksgiving mass honouring their grandmother Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee yesterday. William's wife, Kate Middleton, was along for church as well, and she attended in a tan lace dress from Alexander McQueen. The queen herself led the procession down the aisle as the royal family took their seats inside St Paul's Cathedral. Her husband, Prince Philip, wasn't able to attend, however. The prince is still in a hospital, recovering from a bladder infection. The Jubilee carried on despite his absence. Sunday's massive Diamond Jubilee Concert took place outside of Buckingham Palace, and the assorted royals rocked out to British acts like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kylie Minogue and many more. Today marks the end of the queen's official celebration weekend, and the two extra days Brits had off from work in her honour.
There was a sad note at today's Diamond Jubilee concert, with the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, hospitalised with a bladder infection. He's said to be responding well to the treatment, so the royal family soldiered on with their plans for the event at Buckingham Palace. The Queen was preceded by family members like Prince Charles and his wife, Camila. The Queen's other children, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, were also in attendance.
Kate Middleton accompanied her husband, Prince William, as well. It's Kate's latest event during the queen's big weekend. Kate wore red Alexander McQueen on Sunday for the Thames River pageant with the entire Middleton family along for the fun. Prince Harry was seated next to Will and Kate for the show.
The Jubilee concert featured performances from Sir Paul McCartney, Shirley Bassey, JLS, Jessie J, Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue and Elton John. Robbie Williams and a 30-piece brass band were the first up with "Let Me Entertain You." Many of the musicians shared their thoughts on the royals on this special occasion. Elton John weighed in on the queen's tastes, saying, "I don't think she's a big pop music fan. She's not trendy, she doesn't follow any fads. She's stoic, she's brilliant, she's wise, she's funny, and we're all really happy to be here." Paul McCartney, meanwhile, sent his sympathies to Prince Philip. He said, "I hope he's OK. We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery." The Diamond Jubilee concert will air tonight at 8 p.m. on Channel Nine.
Did you catch the Queen's Jubilee concert? No? Well, you're lucky because the big bash will be televised tonight at 8pm on Channel Nine. We suggest you tune in, if only to get a glimpse of the killer on-stage ensembles sported by Jessie J, Cheryl Cole and our very own Kylie Minogue. All out glamour was the look of the day, Elton John leading the celebratory charge in a hot pink sequinned blazer, Annie Lennox donned a pair of angel wings and Will.i.am got into the Brit-spirit in a military topper that looks like it may have been borrowed from the Queen's own guard. Kate and Wills certainly enjoyed the sartorial spectacle, so step inside to see what they were smiling about. All together now... God save the Queen!
There has been plenty of excitement surrounding the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations all over the globe — even in the beauty world. Take Butter London, for example, who launched a Queen Elizabeth-inspired Lillibet's Jubilee nail lacquer ($19.95). But when it came to all the 60th anniversary festivities, attendees decked themselves out in their Union Jack finest. See the beauty highlights from the Queen, Kate Middleton and more now.
Kate Middleton turned to her favourite fashion house, Alexander McQueen, for something suitably British to wear to yesterday's Jubilee parade down the Thames for the Queen. Sarah Burton customised a chic, pleat-skirted scarlet dress from the house's S/S '11 collection for the Duchess; lowering the mid-thigh hemline to a more appropriate knee-length, and adding a longer sleeve. Kate accessorized with her ever faithful LK Bennet nude pumps, and kept the red theme running with a floral-motif hat by Lock & Co and small box clutch. Smart, ladylike but with a festive flair, we are saluting Kate's chic choice, and clever customisations. Get a better look at celebratory ensemble, from all the angles.