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Queen's pretty in pink as Camilla's blushes are spared at Princess Charlotte christening

Proud mum is star of show as sun shines for Charlotte's day

By Frances Burscough

A whiter shade of pale appeared to be the theme for the invited elite at yesterday's christening of Princess Charlotte.

The Duchess of Cambridge as always looked absolutely radiant in an immaculate ensemble by her current favourite fashion house of Alexander McQueen, which included a cream satin-backed crepe coat dress with a shawl collar and fit-and-flare bodice, a matching creme feathered toque hat by Jane Taylor and patent nude court shoes.

It was no coincidence that the star of the event, baby Charlotte herself, was wearing the identical shade. She was swathed in a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841. This gown had been worn over the decades by countless royal babies and was considered so precious and symbolic that the Queen commissioned her dressmaker, Angela Kelly, to make an identical copy for the 21st century heirs to the throne.

Made from exquisitely ornate Honiton lace and tulle, it featured waterfall ruffles, tiered skirt and puff sleeves, all delicately embroidered and finished with intricate frills at every hem.

Also wearing all white were the stylish in-laws, the Middleton ladies. Pippa also chose a coat dress, but opted for a military frock-coat style with a matching pill-box fascinator while her mum went for a 1980s-inspired silk suit with a brocade embellished shawl collar and a matching wide-brimmed hat atop her usual bouffant "big-hair" style.

The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall opted for a more colourful approach, both choosing refreshing pastel shades for the occasion. Her Majesty wore a matching hat and coat in the very pale shell pink silk, with a floral printed dress, designed for her by the former Palace Housekeeper-turned dressmaker Angela Kelly.

Camilla wore a shirt dress in duck-egg blue georgette with pin-tuck pleats detail on the bodice and a full tiered skirt in floaty chiffon. This nearly blew off her outside the church in a Marilyn Monroe moment which almost revealed her undies but she caught in the nick of time.

But for me the most significant outfit of the day was the adorable Austrian-style red shorts and shirt suit worn by Prince George.

This was almost identical to an outfit worn by his dad Prince William and chosen by Princess Diana for the arrival of Prince Harry a whole generation ago.

I have no doubt that their dear departed grandmother would have certainly approved.

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