How Eugenie and Beatrice broke royal protocol with non-traditional Coronation outfits
Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice broke royal protocol as they donned day dresses for the coronation of their uncle King Charles.
Arriving at Westminster with their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, and their cousin Prince Harry, the Princesses wore outfits that were less formal than may have been expected at a coronation.
Rather than wearing court attire, Beatrice, 34, wore a vibrant pink midi dress, featuring statement puff sleeves, while her sister Eugenie, 33, donned a navy dress and coat.
This break from royal fashion protocol was likely at the request of King Charles, says Rosie Harte, the author of the upcoming book The Royal Wardrobe.
Speaking exclusively to OK!, Rosie discussed Beatrice and Eugenie's outfits, telling us: "It's interesting that they're wearing day dresses, it's the sort of thing you would see at a royal wedding for example. Traditionally we would have seen them in full court dress, so white tie with a tiara and velvet cape.
"And also a coronet, so all royal guests and all members of the peerage would have had their own small crown to wear at the time that the king and queen are crowned.
"And that's all been completely done away with it's been completely stripped back."
And it's not just Beatrice and Eugenie whose outfits have gone against expected royal protocol, with none of the royal guests, including Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales, and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, wearing tiaras.
Instead, Kate, 41, has opted for a crystal and silver threadwork three-dimensional leaf embroidery headpiece, while Sophie, 58, donned a white floral fascinator.
Similarly, Beatrice and Eugenie opted against tiaras, with Eugenie wearing a navy hat to match her outfit, and Beatrice sporting a champagne-coloured headband.
The decision to do away with wearing tiaras to the ceremony is in part due to wanting the coronation to appear less expensive, says Rosie.
She explained: "I think the big reason is they want to cut the cost of the coronation. or well that's been what they've said. but of course, they already have all of these tiaras so it wouldn't be a case of paying for anything.
"You could argue that these headdresses, Kate's which is made of silver and crystal, are probably more expensive, you know, that's cost somebody some amount of money.
"But I think it's about making sure it doesn't look too expensive."
The Royal Wardrobe by Rosie Harte will be published on 8 June.
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