Kate Middleton – the fashion parade continues.

Kate Middleton watches Prince William parade at Trooping the Colour – mirror.co.uk.

After the sensational appearance on Thursday night at the AMFAR event, in which Kate wowed everyone, including a certain Mr Tom Ford, in a stunning blush pink Amanda Wakeley dress, Kate has shown again today that she has the fashion credentials to become Britain´s hottest style star.

Today she watched proudly as Prince William took part in his first trooping the colour parade in a packed London. All eyes were on Britain´s newest Duchess, and again she didn´t put a foot wrong. Travelling in the carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate chose an elegant white coat, with a large black picture hat. No word on the designer yet, but as Kate is partial to a bit of Philip Treacy – that is definitely a good each way bet.

Royal Wedding – best dressed guests.

The Royal wedding was a perfect excuse for fashion watching. I got up really early to watch the guests arrive in all their sartorial splendour, and I wasn’t disappointed. The wedding guest style had everything, from the brights of Joss Stone and Tara Palmer Tompkinson, the Phillip Treacy hats that gave more than a passing glance to the style of the late Isabella Blow, the surprising elegance of Camilla Parker Bowles, and the extraordinary outfit choices of the Princesses of York. Here are my favourite outfits of the day, along with a few that may not become trendsetting.

Ageless style

Camilla Parker Bowles wore a beautiful Anna Valentine coat/dress. This was a great outfit for her – minimally styled, flattering with its box pleats, with just a touch of embroidered detail on the hips. It was teamed with a Philip Treacy hat and was the perfect choice for the Stepmother of the Groom.

Carole Middleton. Wearing a beautiful Catherine Walker coat in a lovely grey/blue shade, with a jewelled buckle at its centre, this was a Diana-like silhouette from the house of the Princess of Wales favourite designer, who died last year. Carole looked regal and oh so elegant in this outfit.

Young Royals

Sophie Winkleman, aka the actress wife of Lord Freddie Windsor looked effortlessly chic in an outfit designed for her by Armani. The wide saucer style hat was reminiscent of the style worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s and looked beautiful with her navy outfit.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie added the fun to the proceedings. I loved Beatrice’s Valentino nude coloured coat, but the outlandish Philip Treacy hat did remind me of a prawn, still you have to admire the fun with fashion attitude she bought to the proceedings. Eugenie’s 18th century style Vivienne Westwood outfit was glorious, but not all that flattering to her figure, although I loved the Garrows Law style hat.

Zara Phillips, soon to be a royal bride herself when she marries Mike Tindall in the summer, was another wedding hit. She chose the metallic look in a Paul Costelloe coat dress teamed with another statement hat. The bow at the back of the coat was a neat touch, but did remind me of a 1980s royal bride who loved bows too. (Fergie, for those too young to remember..)

Stylish VIPS  and Dignitaries

Victoria Beckham proved that being 6 months pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t be amongst the most glamorous of the VIP guests at a royal wedding! Wearing a navy sack style dress from her own collection that was flattering and comfortable over her bump, she also opted for Phillip Treacy headwear, with a pill-box style hat perched on the front of her head. I loved her look, my only criticism being the extremely high Louboutins that slightly resembled stripper shoes!

Tara Palmer Tompkinson has received lots of criticism for her blue outfit. True it was flamboyant, and yes, the gloves were a touch too much, but I loved the drama of the Deborah Milner dress and the..yes, you’ve guessed it…Phillip Treacy hat. Her Nicholas Kirkwood heels alone had me drooling.  I also liked the simplicity and old school glamour of her sister, Santa Sebag-Montefiore in Dior, with a stunning Rose hat.

Another guest whose outfit faced criticism was Samantha Cameron, who wore a jade Burberry ruched dress for the occasion. She was criticised for not wearing a hat, but I think her beautiful dress, teamed with an amazing statement necklace was perfect. She stood out amongst the sea of Philip Treacy headgear.

Chelsy Davy was low-key and disappointing. There was nothing really wrong with her Alberta Ferretti suit,although the lining did keep appearing at the bottom of the skirt, but this just felt to old for such a young girl. The hat was just too flat and her hair needed perking up. My sister quipped on seeing this outfit ‘..If Kate is the new Diana, then Chelsy is the new Fergie!’

European Royalty turn on the style

Charlene Wittstock, soon to be the wife of Prince Albert of Monaco, showed all the style of his mother Princess Grace in her dove grey coat from Akris. Blonde and beautiful, she showed such style that I am truly looking forward to seeing what she wears on her big day.

Princess Letizia of Spain just looked so pretty in her rose-coloured embroidered dress designed by Felipe Varela. I also loved her hat, which reminded me of the styles worn by the Queen Mother in her younger days.

Crown Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece wore a beautiful pearl grey dress from Chanel that was covered in intricate embroidery. I loved her grey strappy shoes and her fabulous headwear that looked even better when viewed from the side.

Kate’s bridal style.

The speculation had been almost frenzied – who would design the wedding dress of the century? Would it be Alice Temperley? Bruce Oldfield was a popular choice for a time, but then tailed off towards the end? Would Kate use Daniella Helayel of Issa, one of her favourite designers? There was a late surge for Sophie Cranston, but on Friday morning at 11.00a.m, the whole of the fashion world  shrieked with pleasure at the news that Kate Middleton had chosen Sarah Burton from the House of Alexander McQueen to design her  wedding dress. And what a beautiful dress it was!

Kate Middleton looked truly regal as she walked down the aisle in  a dress that echoed the Royal brides of days gone by. There was a nod to Princess Margaret with her nipped in waist and full satin skirt. There was another nod to  Grace Kelly, whose Helen Rose designed dress many think was the most beautiful royal wedding dress of all time. With its long lace sleeves and bodice, this dress held the same demure, beautiful appeal as that timeless gown.

Kate had made the perfect choice in choosing Sarah Burton to design the most important dress of her life, and Sarah Burton had created the perfect dress for Kate. It was both simple and yet exquisite. It was a dress that you noticed more detail in the longer you looked at it. It fitted Kate’s slim frame like a glove. Following royal protocol it was demure, with long fitted lace sleeves and a corset bodice covered in intricate lace. The ivory and white gazer skirt flowed beautifully as it was padded underneath so that the pleating flowed perfectly. It felt so contemporary, and yet had a beautiful vintage feel thanks to the lace.

20 embroiders had spent four weeks working on the lace, apparently believing it was for a period drama on tv. There have been various estimates about how much the dress cost, with anything from £40,000 to £250,000 given.

There  is no doubt that Kate made a beautiful Princess Bride. That is why her veil was another triumph. It was a very thin gossamer, almost sheer, which meant we could see every smile and expression on her face. She wore her hair half up. half down, a style she had been trialling recently, and the veil was framed by her something borrowed, the Cartier ‘Halo’ tiara that was on loan from The Queen.

The train was just under 3ft. relatively restrained by Royal standards, but perfect for a modern-day royal bride.

The day saw Kate Middleton become the Duchess of Cambridge, but will also be remembered as the birth of Kate the style icon. The choice of Sarah Burton was fashion forward and brave, and a real result for British Fashion. As predicted, Kate did change her dress for the evening reception, but stayed loyal to Sarah Burton. The second dress was another glorious design.

This was another elegant ivory number, but with an eye-catching diamante band at the waist. She wore this was an Angora bolero (which I.m sure she would’ve removed once the dancing was in  full flow!), and with her trademark loose hair. She looked absolutely radiant, every inch the future queen, and definitely a new queen of style!