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Elizabeth Holmes’s 5 Favorite Royal Gowns

Royal Fashion

Are you watching The Crown? Season Four was released last month, creating a wave of royal-mania — especially when it comes to the clothes. That’s also the topic of journalist Elizabeth Holmes’s new book, in which she talks about how the Queen, Diana, Kate and Meghan have used fashion to send messages. Here are five of Elizabeth’s favorite looks…

Royal Gowns

“When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, she was just 25 years old, a very young woman among male leaders. The Queen used her clothing as part of a charm offensive, dazzling at home and abroad. I love this shot from December of that year, taken at a meeting with prime ministers at the Commonwealth Economic Conference. Her tiara and the layered full skirt of her gown make such a fabulous contrast to their serious suits.”

Royal Gowns

“When Lady Diana Spencer entered the picture as Prince Charles’s 20-year-old wife in 1981, she made fashion exciting. The young nursery school teacher, clad in long skirts and baggy sweaters, sought the advice of British Vogue editors as she settled in at Buckingham Palace. This one-shoulder teal gown on a trip to Australia is a favorite of mine; perfect for twirling and would you look at that big bow? The spirit with which she approached royal style is seen in her headband, fashioned out of Queen Mary’s emerald choker.”

Royal Gowns

“Here, in 1992, Diana‘s marriage troubles with Charles were deepening. He often tried to use her clothing against her, painting her as shallow and frivolous. In response, Diana shed the girlish pieces in favor of sleeker, more sophisticated silhouettes. Above, she has replaced the skirt of this beaded Catherine Walker gown with a straighter style.”

Royal Gowns

“The new Duchess of Cambridge introduced a novel concept to the monarchy: relatability. Her off-the-rack clothing choices contributed to her every-girl appeal. Kate adopted several Queen-like approaches to dressing, including wearing nude pantyhose and favoring a handful of labels. The beaded gown Kate wore on a 2019 tour of Pakistan was by Jenny Packham, one of her trusted designers. The emerald shade was reminiscent of the country’s flag, while the shoulder scarf was a nod to traditional dress.”

Royal Gowns

Meghan Markle brought a welcome modernity to royal fashion when she wed Prince Harry in 2018. The future Duchess of Sussex was an accomplished actress; she knew the language of fashion and was able to dive right in. The Sussexes’ epic tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga included my favorite gown of them all: this Oscar de la Renta bird dress. It made a statement in her signature neutrals — not an easy thing to do — and gave a quintessential American luxury brand a moment in the royal spotlight.”

HRH: So Many Thoughts About Royal Fashion

“We can never know what a royal woman is trying to say with her outfit. The family is famously tight lipped! But connecting the dots, parsing the possible message, is a way of honoring this effort. I find their savvy incredibly inspiring, proof of the power of fashion.”

Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

P.S. Kate’s meaningful dress choice after having a baby, and how to dress like a celebrity.

(Photos from Getty.)

  1. Anon says...

    As an Irish reader, I also have to weigh in to share how disappointed I am by the blog’s continued veneration of the monarchy. I understand Jo’s desire to connect with her English heritage, but as someone who actually has to live with the consequences of the colonialist violence done in this family’s name day-to-day, it is hurtful to see them praised so consistently on this normally thoughtful site.

    • soph says...

      +1

    • K says...

      I honestly don’t get it either. But it’s everywhere- so many of my girlfriends are absolutely obsessed. Why care so much about an antiquated monarchy that’s been so malignant and degrading to most of normal society? It seems so shallow and vapid. It seems like we’re pining for a more classist society that has been so historically harmful. These people didn’t do anything to deserve our adoration except be born into or marry wealth. It’s similar to the Kardashians to me. I really don’t get it. I always click away and try not to judge but I’m glad there are people who feel the same as me too.

    • Maria says...

      🙌🏽 I feel the same about the Dutch Royal House/Family… 🙄🤮

    • RMR says...

      YES. A class based social system? On the surface, peerage titles should be anti-American as well.

    • Kate says...

      Agree 100%

      As other posters have said more eloquently, I try to just look away from royal/Elizabeth Holmes posts here. I am relieved to see in these comments that I am not the only one who cringes a bit with each one.

  2. Laura S says...

    my vote is for this blog to move on from the royal family

    • Erica says...

      Agree. SMT has always been problematic– I consistently got the feeling Kate Middleton was her favorite and that Meghan could rarely get anything as right. That just never sat well with me, or with others… Holmes apologized on her insta a few months ago for her poor coverage of Meghan, but for me, it was too late. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBCIRrhHmkt/

      I have loved Cup of Jo a long time, but I hope the editorial team knows that love does NOT extend to SMT or Holmes, not even with a cheerful product placement. Instead, this post irks me.

  3. Anyone else watching The Crown and just SEETHING about Charles all the time?

  4. RK says...

    I find this blog’s obsession with the Royal Family really jarring in comparison to the stance it usually takes on many other social issues. It feels like there have been so many posts or mentions about them, especially recently, with no critical thought behind what the Royal Family represents to so many people around the world – a symbol of unfair and unequal power structures in society, colonialism, and, frankly, racism. Maybe it’s because I’m not American, but the treatment of them as something to be celebrated without question seems pretty problematic in the context of the things this blog generally stands for.

    • C. says...

      I hear you, but it’s a book about style and fashion, not history or politics or social justice, and this is a post about holiday gift ideas. Those would be different book/posts, written by historians or other qualified experts, or possibly a documentary, or even a political science class. You may argue that it is wrong to exclude that context from the book or this blog post, but every book/ post cannot cover every topic exhaustively. And you may criticize and condemn this blog for referencing it, but it is a lifestyle blog, and they can post what they want. If you have better ideas then why not take advantage of the open comment section here to suggest alternative books? Many of us do read the comments and are very interested in suggestions.

    • Judith says...

      I’m British and I’d say it’s not okay to dismiss this subject as fine due to being related to lifestyle. The Royal Family is a big sensitive topic, the UK has huge inequality, child poverty and increasing need for food banks, and yet paid for royal weddings.

      Also they are part of a certain (inaccurate and rose-tinted) post-imperial narrative that pervades current patriotism with no one thinking of all the repercussions for the “former colonies” due to colonialism and slavery, which is not being confronted by the royal family or government. Instead there’s royal visits to the “commonwealth” countries that the UK ruined.

      Not to mention how the British Museum won’t give back all the items it should be giving back to cultures and places, as they see themselves as the protectors of history (Who chose them as the protectors, again more imperialism thinking that my country can’t seem to grow out of…)

    • C. says...

      Judith, I am not dismissing these subjects as fine. I’m questioning whether it is realistic to complain about it not being addressed in a book about fashion. In the US we also have poverty, hunger, homelessness, inequality, and rampant racism, not to mention a broken health care system, and misguided ideas about patriotism. We do not pay for royal weddings but we do pay for a lot of other crap that seems absurd and morally offensive given the ever widening income distribution gap. But I don’t look for information about these issues on a lifestyle blog or in fashion magazines, and I am suggesting it’s better to share other resources than to criticize and complain and accuse. The comment section here gets a lot of attention and discussion, why not opt instead to shed some light and share additional info?

    • Nina says...

      C,

      I don’t believe any of your comments are in good faith, but here’s a reply anyway.

      It is absolutely realistic to discuss poverty, inequality, racism, etc when discussing fashion because fashion is not exempt from these things. No one is saying that people should come to a lifestyle blog specifically seeking information on these issues. They are saying that it is appropriate–even necessary–for cupofjo to address these issues when relevant such as in a post about a family that represents colonialism and imperialism to much of the world.

      If you reply, I hope that you ensure your follow-up comment does not criticize and complain and accuse about what others have written–because we can all post whatever we want–but sheds some light and adds some additional information to the conversation.

    • Laura S says...

      I think a good analogy for American readers of this blog is if a beautiful book of Trump fashion and interiors were featured. Despite his hateful rhetoric: demeaning people with disabilities, women, and poc. Despite his sham University and underpaying his workers. Despite his sham foundations and tax avoidance. Despite separating children from families at the border, etc, etc etc. What if we put all that aside and oohed and aahed over the clothes Melania and Ivanka wear or oohed and aahed over their interiors? I think the thought of that would make many people upset. Maybe that’s how some people feel when the royals are featured.

    • C. says...

      Nina – I don’t believe any of your comments are in good faith either.
      And I don’t really know how to respond to snide mocking.

  5. Justine says...

    I initially found Elizabeth Holmes through cupofjo, and her somanythoughts insta posts were amazing – the tone was great, the insight was awesome, it was all so great! It was a daily follow for me. However! I feel like this post sorta reflects how she seemed to switch gears and lost my interest? This post reads like her book cover looks – More stilted, more stuffy, more formal… which to me feels a bit like a miss, because her followers (I think!) were drawn to what worked about somanythoughts… which is maybe not this?

  6. Farhana says...

    Everytime I see anything “Royal”, I think about ALL the places they’ve invaded, and all the people they’ve killed. Those jewelry are stained with blood. It’s disconcerting to see how these people are praised and celebrated today. I was hoping COJ would be an exception.

    • SR says...

      Could say the same for most US presidents… including Obama. Do you object to them being on this blog? I don’t like imperialism either but I do think royals are fun!

    • Kate says...

      I agree Farhana.

      SR, I think the point is that the royal family represents a monarchial system where being born into wealth or marrying into wealth gives you capital and power that allows you to subjugate the poor and colonize the vulnerable. It’s a system that marked a pretty important and dark period of history that led to the worst classicism and inequality in the UK society. Obama was a democratically elected leader so…. not really the same thing. Maybe because I’m Asian and my family come from a heavily colonized country that’s a direct result from imperialism, I don’t get the “fun” part. To me, it’s pretty gross to adore people whose only intrigue is being born into or marry wealth and disregarding they’re part of a really terrible and shitty system we’ve replaced because it’s fucked over so many people. People gushing over the diamonds Diana wore is slightly worse to me than people gushing over the Kardashians. And yeah, it’s disappointing to see it on a blog known for its progressiveness and intelligence.

  7. Paige says...

    LOVE Elizabeth Holmes and her commentary and am hoping to get HRH for Christmas!! I find the Royals so fascinating (both in the positive and negative sense) – there’s something so “other-wordly” about them yet they do still exist. Again: fascinating!

    • K says...

      Yes, that’s exactly it – so fascinating, in both the positive and negative sense!!

  8. Amanda says...

    I find it fascinating that we in the US are so obsessed with the British monarchy in particular, especially when there are multiple other monarchies in the world. For example, I love this photo of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (the future queen of said nation) and her husband Prince Daniel (who used to be her personal trainer!): https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1729373050544176&id=675811452567013&substory_index=0

    Folks who live in monarchies, how do y’all view your royal families?

    • Lisa says...

      I live in the U.K. and come from one of the former colonies. I think the queen is a good stabilising influence – we’ve had a run of rubbish governments and a number of constitutional crises (near failures to form coalitions, Boris Johnson. And by that I mean Boris just existing) but you always have this idea that if things really went tits up the queen could step in and she is a very knowledgeable and experienced guide to whoever the prime minister is.
      As for the rest, I could care less. I think it was actually an awesome move by Meghan and Harry to leave. We need a smaller monarchy anyway, and it can’t have been easy to put up with all the abuse from the right wing press (the Daily Mail is particularly nasty – there was an article I read comparing coverage of Meghan and Kate and it’s appalling). Maybe it’s best if once QE2 dies the monarchy just falls away.

    • Lauren says...

      Couldn’t agree more, Lisa. I’m also British and although I’ve never been a monarchist, the pandemic has made me look at the monarchy quite differently….although I respect the Queen and her quiet dedication over the years, I think it incredible that we expect any kind of social mobility to happen with a class system as ingrained, and as monarchy-dependent, as ours. To my mind, the unimaginable privilege of most of the royal family and, in turn, the British aristocracy, is starting to look in distinctly bad taste, to put it mildly. I think the pandemic has just made me look at all the palaver and pageantry and silliness of the British class system and just think, wtf, to be honest. Vive la république!

    • Diana says...

      I live in a monarchy, though Queen Elizabeth the second, my head of state, is not my fellow country person. She is British, while I am Australian. Her representative to Australia once dismissed our democratically elected Prime Minister, almost certainly with her blessing. I am unimpressed. Plus, The Crown misrepresented Bob Hawke and I’m just tired of all the fuss about the monarchy that’s followed from it – I don’t want it to have any power over my country anymore.

    • Christina says...

      Our monarchy (Sweden) hasn’t got any power at all, the power is with our prime minister and government. Some people do want a republic, but I think most prefer keeping the monarchy. The king and queen are quite popular, and the crown princess even more so. Politicians come and go, change their mind to attract votes, but the monarchy remain and is a constant.

    • Allison says...

      I’m not really into monarchies, but I must admit I am charmed by the Swedish crown princess and her prince. They seem genuinely in love and really sweet.

  9. Jen says...

    Would have loved to read this entire post but the Porsche pop up add running across this page keeps kicking me back to the top every minute. I understand the needs for ads – especially right now – but this one is defeating the whole purpose…I can’t seem to stay on the page and enjoy the content I come here for !

    • soph says...

      I agree. I completely understand the need for ads but lately, I’m forced to quickly catch up on Cup of Jo posts before quitting my browser because the site slows Chrome down *so* much. It’s deterring me from reading daily. Please Jo, how can we fix the speed issues with the site?

    • easyA says...

      Just download a free ad-blocker and donate to support them?

  10. K says...

    Awesome lady, awesome book! I so appreciate Elizabeth’s nuanced perspective on royal fashion (equal parts insightful and lighthearted) and as a follower of her Instagram account, I also really respect her humility and open-mindedness, as well as how receptive she is to feedback :)

    Thanks for featuring this, CoJ!!

  11. Cat says...

    Same!!

  12. LindaLue says...

    I enjoyed SMT for a long time until the whole Harry and Meghan leaving the firm thing started. Then it became less about clothing analysis and more about discussion of their personal choices. It felt so intrusive and gossipy that I had to unfollow her account. Hopefully that story line has run it’s course and Elizabeth has gone back to talking about what people are wearing, and I’m glad to see her book has gained some popularity.

    • Rashmi says...

      I had the same experience with Go Fug Yourself! I discovered them only last year and quickly fell in love with the daily snark. Unfortunately they clearly took affront at the leaving of the firm and so did most of the readers. Their comment section became a complete trash talk against Meghan, interestingly, not so much against Harry. The site owners themselves pitched in to criticise her in the comments constantly. After months of this, I just gave up.

    • AM says...

      Raquel, perhaps she made that comment because there is a very notable history of monarchy marrying for rank, not love. Charles and Diana is an obvious example. I wouldn’t have read that as racist, and rather more in tune with the larger context. Just my two cents. :)

  13. LK says...

    SMT is the best, I bought her book for my friend’s house warming this year. It’s wonderful!

  14. The casual racism followed by meaningless apologies makes me TIRED says...

    But what about how Elizabeth Holmes covered Meghan in a way that Black women begged her to stop for YEARS and she’s still profiting off of her image??? Enough! Holmes has been told that what she was doing was racist and wrong and her only move was to apologize and keep doing it a slightly different way that suited her. Does no one remember this? Anyone? We’re still celebrating white women who make money off Black womens’ images in a way that Black women were very vocal about making them uncomfortable??? Stop! Stop promoting this book over and over! Stop giving Elizabeth Holmes $!

    • Ameya says...

      Thank you for bringing this up – I hadn’t heard about this and would love to learn more. Could you explain what you mean by how Elizabeth Holmes kept “doing it a slightly different way that suited her”? I just looked at Elizabeth Holmes’ instagram and saw her apology posts – was it just a meaningless apology, and has she posted racist content about Megan even after the apology? I was actually planning to buy HRH as a gift, but I would not feel comfortable supporting an author doing something racist and wrong.

    • E says...

      👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

      Agreed, and thank you for saying something. All the work around diversity and inclusion gets thrown out the window when $$$ is involved and it is disappointing.

    • H says...

      Hello,
      I haven’t read HRH, so I can’t speak to how the Duchess of Sussex is covered in the book. I do follow Elizabeth Holmes on Instagram. Her account is how I know about all the good work the Duchess of Sussex has done since leaving the UK (serving at Homeboy Industries, giving the address at her alma mater, meeting with Gloria Steinem, her recent piece in the NY Times). This coverage makes me excited about what the Duke and Duchess will do via their new foundation, and appreciative of the unique role the Duchess is creating for herself on the global stage. From what I understand, the Sussexes’ plans had to shift because of the pandemic, and it strikes me that highlighting and covering these events serve their long-term goals. Elizabeth Holmes has a huge following and she is helping to fan excitement around their next chapter. Wishing you all the best.

    • Dianne Lester says...

      Megan Markle should have NEVER been included in the book. It is an insult to the Royals to associate her with them in any way.

    • Raquel says...

      Thank you for saying that. I remember seeing one of the couples’ photo kissing outside the church and one of Elizabeth’s “thoughts” was: “The way he’s leaning over towards her makes me think he really loves her”. How did people not think this was problematic and racist at all?? There was never DOUBT if William loved Kate. Is it really THAT surprising that a white man fell in love with a Black woman? Ppl need to understand that racism comes in different forms including this and this is extremely racist.
      And to answer Ameya’s question, Elizabeth posted she wouldn’t comment anymore about Meghan’s hair. I don’t follow her but I’ve checked from time to time and I’ve seen a SMT that she did comment on Meghan’s hair so, to me, that’s not really committing to do anti-racist work.

    • Say NO. says...

      yesyesyesyesyes!!!!! EHomes is still profiting off of Meghan, and saying “it’s royal business.” I had to unfollow because of her off-handed OK-ness. STOP HIGHLIGHTING HER.

    • Michelle says...

      @Raquel
      <<>>

      The answer to your question is yes. Serena Williams is a perfect example. I don’t know what it is about black women that deems us so unlovable. This type of thinking is rooted in systemic racism and how black women are portrayed in the media. I mean the fact that Prince Harry adores his biracial wife and child and took measures to protect them is incomprehensible to some white women because they think they alone deserve to be loved and protected.

    • C. says...

      What am I missing on this? I just absolutely do not understand these opinions or the outrage at all. Are you all saying that it is racist to photograph or admire Meghan Markle? This is confusing to me, in part because Elizabeth Holmes didn’t take these photos. Is it the commentary in the book (I have not read it)? Is the issue that she included Megan Markle in her book at all? Would it have been better and more respectful to have excluded her? Because to me that would be very wrong and discriminatory.
      Meghan seems a positive role model in so many respects, and I just don’t understand why that is not a good thing for women of color, and for women in general.

  15. Rosie says...

    I was so disappointed by the book. I love the tongue in cheek commentary of her Instagram and the book was dull by comparison.

  16. Judi says...

    I don’t know if it is true…but the story I have heard is that Diana got sunburnt and could not wear the choker on her sunburnt neck so wore it in that amazingly creative way instead .

    • anderson says...

      I always thought it was a really bold move and that she completely pulled it off. The sunburn story does make sense. Anyone else would have just left it home and this was so much better.

  17. Sarah says...

    What does HRH mean? I have looked everywhere!

    • Anna says...

      Her/his royal highness

    • Erika says...

      Her Royal Higness – just a guess

    • Amy says...

      His/Her Royal Highness

  18. Anna says...

    Just bought two copies of her book to gift to friends, and can’t wait to discuss it with them once they’ve read it!

  19. Anne says...

    I’m a devoted SMT fan and I love ooh-ing and ahh-ing over royal fashion, but “honoring the effort”? Fashion is beautiful and it can be powerful, and it’s very fun to follow. But it’s ultimately just a tool. I’d rather honor QEII for her commitment to her country, honor Meghan for her integrity, and so on, if I want to honor them.

  20. Hannah says...

    I don’t know, do other people watching The Crown feel “royal mania”? That show, in combination with the “You’re Wrong About” podcast’s Diana episodes (which I learned about from you, Joanna), mostly make me feel a kind of pity for everyone involved.

    The “You’re Wrong About” folks say a couple of times that “fame is abuse,” and there is something distinctly miserable about the lives of these people, for all their pretty dresses and sparkly jewelry. They have a lot of money, but they’re also scrutinized and isolated and surprisingly powerless over so much of their lives. There are obviously people far worse off, but watching that show makes me wish the UK would hurry up and abolish the monarchy.

    • Colleen says...

      If by “mania” you mean overwhelming rage, then yes. Season 4 alone has reminded me the rosy thoughts of wanting to date Prince William would have me attached to people who dictate my every move, each item of clothing, how I style my hair, and how I comport myself. I hated when my dad did it, I’ll be damned if I had in-laws that did the same. It might be a lot of fiction, but Queen Elizabeth is not someone to fawn over when it comes to ignoring some huge issues in her family.

    • Kiana says...

      Totally agree. It’s not the monarchy so much as it is celebrity more broadly. I feel sorry for them all.

    • joy says...

      Hannah, I feel the same way. I keep watching, because it’s a well-done confection and I do like the fictionalized look-back at major events of the 20th century, but at the end of every episode, I rail to my husband about what an absurd institution it is, how they are all so miserable and so clearly all need good shrinks.

    • FK says...

      Seconding this. I wouldn’t say I want to abolish the monarchy, but I often feel uncomfortable reading pieces about Diana that casually mention her unhappiness as a bit of entertainment. I don’t really get the appeal.

    • shade says...

      I totally agree with you. Every aspect of their lives this season felt sad and the story of Diana was utterly depressing.

    • Olivia says...

      1000000% agree. Every season I pity them. All their relationships. Rules that ruin their lives. The total farce of it all – how do the British people support it? It’s mind boggling.

    • liz says...

      I just finished the “you’re wrong about” for Diana, and that was my first thought too. Specifically, though, I can’t look at how thin Diana looks in these pictures without thinking about how much suffering she endured and her bulimia which was a symptom of all of that suffering and mistreatment.

    • Court says...

      Hannah-my sister and I text about this constantly. NOTHING sounds more painful to me than going to Scotland and changing 4 times a day to then have dinner with strangers until midnight and then go to sleep in a frigid castle WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN, only to wake up and do it again for 8 weeks at a time. I can’t even believe it.

    • a says...

      I am surprised to find I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand Queen Elizabeth has entirely rocked the Queen “Mother” aspect. (“Mother” meaning “parent”.) She has represented for the world, publically at least, standards. Standards the rest of the world have either never had or else entirely forgotten the value of as in the case of the US. Without social standards we lose civilized, humane behavior. This is the SOUL role of modern royalty otherwise, who the hell do they think they are, lol. To embody, for the public who pays them, noble behavior as a standard. The church tried to do this via laws and deceit but of course that never works. Noble behavior has always been the highest goal of the human experience. Royalty exist to provide that example and it’s never been more important than now. Imo the British do it BEST.

      So is it abuse? No. If they take a paycheck this is what they are signing up for. To represent best behavior as role models for humanity in the modern world dealing with modern life.

      I LOVE how supportive Harry appears to be to Meghan in leaving the nest by moving to LA. This is the noble behavior you would expect of any gentleman in this position, (unlikely to inherit the crown/head position, standing up for his wife, etc).

      But as a royal I would definitely initiate press reform. Boundaries are essential and press savages have gotten dangerously out of hand. With telephoto there is no need to crowd – how insane! Nor should lying or racism be acceptable. News flash: these are not unreasonable standards to ask of an industry. Also the surge in surveillance technology should make invading clear private time/space off limits. That will require a social system with standards.

    • Carolyn says...

      FYI for “You’re Wrong About” fans – Mike & Sarah released a bonus episode on their patreon today called “Princess Diana, The Crown and Responsible Storytelling” !

  21. Hali says...

    Was up so late reading HRH by the Christmas tree last night. Such a fun and indulgent holiday season read, especially to really savor the pages and take time admiring the beautiful photos. Diana’s chapter is next! I’m learning so much and it’s a welcome break from screen time while still being visually delightful and relaxing!

  22. Denise says...

    This is fun! I’ve just finished binging season 4 too. I’d also love something similar on Male royal style. & I’m very curious now to know what the actual royals think of The Crown.

  23. Jo says...

    I love Elizabeth (highly recommend following her on insta) and I would LOVE to see a week of outfits / beauty uniform / house tour with her!

    • Stephanie says...

      Yes yes yes! I would love to see this too!

    • Paisley says...

      LMAO – I thought you meant Queen Elizabeth and just tried to find her account, thinking i was missing out on some iconic posts! Sadly… no offical Queen E account -_-

    • Megan says...

      @ Paisley, Yes! that was my first thought too, LOL!

  24. liz says...

    I can’t be the only one whose first thought is Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” after seeing Meghan’s dress here, can I? haha

    • blandine says...

      Yes me too! A beautiful but also slightly ominous dress. What could her message have been ? haha

    • Gwen says...

      Actually, you *are* the only one.
      Haha.
      It’s a lovely dress.
      The only thing I wish is that the color of the top backing material at the top of the dress, which is supposed to be “nude” (check out the topmost bird on her shoulder…it’s on a sheer netting) had been replaced by a slightly darker shade backing that was closer to *her* skin tone instead of Default White People “Flesh” Color In Box Of Crayolas Back In The Day “nude”.

    • abigale says...

      @ Gwen, I agree about the dress lining. I can not believe her stylist allowed that to fly. It ruins the look. But I wonder if this is the type of subtle racist neglect she has to deal with everyday? Ugh, if so. It takes two minutes for someone to run to Joanne’s Fabrics and pick up some sheer lining in her skin tone and baste it in. It won’t be silk but if this dress is a loaner then it won’t matter. Especially if photo’s are going to be involved. Annoying.

    • Amy says...

      @Gwen and @Abigale
      I see what you are saying but I think the dress would have been too risqué for a royal if the top matched her skin tone. There are so many royal “rules” and I think that would have been too much for a royal to wear. Very pretty and a neat effect….but maybe just for a celebrity

    • Caro says...

      No, you are not alone. It was my first thought, too. But then, I am slightly afraid of black birds after a bird attack when walking past a tree with a nest in it…

  25. brianne says...

    the title of this post threw me off for a sec, confused this author with the founder of Theranos

    • Sage says...

      Same here, ha.

  26. Emily says...

    I love following SMT on Elizabeth’s Instagram — I scroll through her stories at the end of every day! Any intel on the color of QEII’s dress in the first image? Just curious.