Royal Wedding Wednesday What To Wear
Alas, my invitation to the Royal Wedding has yet to arrive. But for those who have received theirs, it clearly states what the dress code is.
Lounge Suit (what the British refer to as a coat and tie)
I imagine that Prince Harry will wear a uniform much like his brother or his grandfather, Prince Philip did on his wedding day.
For the morning coat category, I had no need to search google for an image. I have been waiting to show you Mr. Décor’s dashing Uncle David and lovely Aunt Bette. This also is a good first clue on what ladies should wear. They met the Queen when Uncle David received the O.B.E.
A morning coat (or tailcoat, as Americans refer to it) is the daytime formal dress code, consisting chiefly of a morning coat, waistcoat (vest) and striped trousers, generally in various shades of gray. One often wears a top hat as well. Morning dress is generally worn only for weddings, some official government or Royal functions, races such as Ascot, and as uniform at some of Britain’s most traditional schools such as Eton, which both Prince William and Prince Harry, attended.
Uncle David was an educational ambassador for Great Britain for many years. His service to his country was recognized by the Queen and he was awarded the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) That’s right, our David went to Buckingham Palace to receive this truly distinguished honor.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order of the British Empire recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organizations of all kinds. The Order’s motto is “For God and the Empire”. I am blessed to know Uncle David and can tell you his character truly encompasses all that this honor stands for.
Lastly, we have the lounge suit. Yawn. I hope that very few of the gentlemen in attendance at the wedding select this option. After all, it is not every day that there is a Royal Wedding.
Day Dress with Hat
Now for the ladies. The clue that their selections should be rather formal is of course indicated by the option of a morning coat. So what does this mean?
First and foremost you can leave your strapless dresses at home. As the young couple is marrying in the Church of England, I would bet a rather large sum of money that even the bride will have her shoulders covered. This makes me very happy as I am rather tired of the strapless look and the bride’s gown selection will no doubt usher in a new trend.
Cover Your Legs
The English still wear head ware to formal occasions. We can look to the Duchess of Cambridge for the various forms of accepted, yet still stylish, headwear. Keep in mind for a daytime ceremony it is in good taste for only the bride to wear a tiara.
It is a popular choice for the younger guests.
Now onto the wedding guest dress and suit selections.
If you don’t…
You may have noticed in the above images that the Queen often wears gloves. Many women attending the wedding will follow suit. A favorite glove maker of the royal family is Dents gloves.
Here I offer you an outstanding example of what a perfectly outfitted female guest might wear to the Royal Wedding. Smashing Aunt Bette!
Now if you are like me and will be viewing the Royal Wedding in your pajamas you may want to consider wearing something like this:
I’ll see you tomorrow with High Tea ideas.
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