King Charles and Queen Camilla attended a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles last night, as guests of the French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, First Lady Brigitte Macron.
For the occasion – and as is custom with state visits – Her Majesty Queen Camilla paid tribute to her hosts by opting for a French brand, wearing an elegant Dior haute couture gown, specially designed for her by the fashion house's creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and handcrafted in the Dior atelier. The midnight-blue silk crepe design featured a billowing floor-length cape with a braided trim, which proved particularly effective when they arrived at the chateau on a windy evening.
The Queen Consort paired her gown with Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond and sapphire necklace, otherwise known as the George VI Sapphires (as it was a gift from her father) with matching earrings and bracelet, and a carried a co-ordinating midnight blue satin clutch. Brigitte Macron also opted for the same colour palette, in a navy blue column gown with an embellished collar and cuffs.
The two couples were joined by 160 other guests at the state dinner in the Hall of Mirrors at the grand chateau, including celebrities and foreign dignitaries. Other attendees included rock royalty in the form of Mick Jagger, acting talent Hugh Grant and Emma Mackey, and the French-British actress and singer, Charlotte Gainsbourg.
This marks the first official state visit for King Charles and Queen Camilla since taking the throne. The three-day trip, which takes place just ahead of Paris Fashion Week, will see fashion take a central role in the itinerary. They are set to meet with LVMH managing director Bernard Arnault, as well as Bruno Pavlovsky of Chanel.
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