On Wednesday, the British Royal Family hosted a state banquet in honor of Spain’s visiting royals, King Felipe and Queen Letizia.
Queen Letizia, in a red evening gown and Fleur de Lys tiara, full of elegance, poise and confidence, walked into the ballroom like she owned the place.
Kate Middleton in a pale dusty pink Marchesa and the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, walked into the ballroom like she got separated from her Jane Austen Cosplay group and desperately needed to use the loo.
Victoria Murphy’s article for the Mirror has lots of great photos.
Kate remains orderless more than six years into the whole duchessing thing. The Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II is an honor given to female working members of the family at Her Majesty’s discretion and Kate is the only working female royal without one. Katharine, Duchess of Kent received hers during her first year of marriage. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester received theirs during their second year of marriage. And Sophie, Countess of Wessex received hers in her fifth year of marriage. Considering how few engagements Kate does, perhaps the Queen isn’t aware that Kate is considered a working royal.
For her sixth tiara outing, Kate went with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara which infamously gave Princess Diana headaches, pairing it with Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings. Kate also wore a statement necklace on loan from the Queen which hasn’t been seen in quite some time, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace.
Unlike many of Marchesa’s celebrity fashion victims, Kate chose to wear the brand on purpose. The lace dress was a little bit bridal and a little bit OMG-what-the-fuck-is-wrong-with-you-Kate. I’m a little bit biased though because I don’t like Marchesa on anyone ever plus we’ve already seen so much lace on Kate, it’s clearly a cry for help, someone please get The Little Duchess Who Couldn’t into fashion rehab.
Kate’s matronly updo appears to be the work of Amanda Cook Tucker and Kate’s makeup looks like it was done by Skeletor.
All artists paint themselves.
Kate was seated at the end, once again partially obscured by centerpieces. And once again during the speeches, Kate appeared to be unfamiliar with the listening process, looking around to see what others were doing while the grown-ups talked.
The state banquet was a first for Prince Harry who escorted the Marchioness of Cholmondeley into the ballroom and sat next to her for the evening.
While there was no order in Kate’s court for the Spain state banquet, the courts of Wimbledon have been infested with Middletons. With Kate now Wimbledon’s royal patron, Carole, Pippa and James have appeared a little extra smug with their royal boxiness. While royal box seats are by invitation of the Chairman of the All England Club, clearly the Middletons are benefiting from their in-laws status. The Queen has done nothing, however, suggesting she is perfectly fine with the Middletons being the face of the modern monarchy. Do you remember Princess Diana’s sisters? Me neither. But then again, they didn’t hire Posh Spice’s PR rep to keep them in the news.