A Show of Soft Diplomacy

· An Update on Diplomatic Dressing ·

Earlier this month, we saw the opportunity for a highly visible display of diplomatic dressing when the Trump family visited the UK for a State Visit. While the Trump family missed the mark on the nuances of diplomatic dress, this week afforded another opportunity to see a successful implementation.

On Monday, the annual Order of the Garter ceremony was held at Windsor Castle. There was quite a European royalty presence as both the Kings of Spain and The Netherlands were invested and their wives were on hand to watch. In an enviable group, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex chatted with Queen Letizia of Spain and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, all looking impeccable in their finery.

Via USA Today

This high profile event was the perfect opportunity to show off their soft diplomacy chops, and boy, did they. While The Queen, Kate, Camilla, and Sophie all wore British or London-based designers (Stewart Parvin, Catherine Walker, Anna Valentine, and Suzannah respectively), Letizia and Máxima took the opportunity to support fashion from their own countries.

Looking fabulous – as always – Queen Letizia wore a striking black-and-white dress from Spanish label Cherubina, accessorized with a fabulous headband by the same brand. Perhaps this styling choice was a subtle homage to all of the headbands members of the British Royal Family – Kate, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, especially – have been wearing over the past few months. Either way, Letizia looked modern, elegant, and appropriate all while raising the profile of a Spanish brand abroad. Even more delightful – and we don’t know if this was purposeful – she and Kate look perfectly coordinated in black and white as they shared a carriage.

Via Hola and AOL

Looking equally as fab, Queen Máxima opted for a dusty pink dress which looked modern yet regal with a wide belt cinching in the waist and cape sleeves. Like Letizia, Máxima chose a designer based in her home country, Amsterdam-based Claes Iversen. With coordinating gloves, shoes, clutch and a fabulous hat (flowers and a feather!), her monochrome stood out amongst the stylish ladies but again put a spotlight on fashion from The Netherlands.

Via Hola

The group – a motley crew of queens, future queens, and a countess – all stuck to their own personal styles while carefully choosing a label based in their own country. They didn’t try to look like someone else just because they were in another country and they made a point to wear a brand that would promote fashion from the country they were representing. Diplomatic dressing at its finest. 

Via Marie Claire