The Princess of Wales made a rare appearance as a wedding guest in Amman, Jordan, as Crown Prince Hussein and Rajwa Al Saif tied the knot at Zahran Palace. For the occasion, Kate wore a blush-pink high-neck gown by Elie Saab, featuring delicate floral embroidery on the bodice, which she paired with statement earrings and a gold clutch.
Typically, the royal turns to her go-to British house, Alexander McQueen, for wedding dressing—making the choice of Lebanese designer Elie Saab particularly significant. Given the formal dress code, the gown—from the brand’s autumn/winter 2017 collection—also marks one of the most glamorous wedding-guest looks we’ve seen to date from Kate.
While it’s unusual for the Waleses to attend foreign royal weddings, the couple has a strong personal connection to Jordan. Kate lived there with her family from the age of two to four because of her father Michael’s job at British Airways, while Prince William was hosted by Crown Prince Hussein during a visit to Jordan in 2018 (when he visited the Jerash archaeological site that Kate was photographed in front of as a child). In 2021, the couple shared snaps of themselves on holiday in Jordan with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, showing the fondness they have for the country.
William and Kate—who were greeted by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on arrival at the wedding—were not the only overseas royals in attendance: Princess Beatrice was spotted arriving with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, along with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. First Lady Jill Biden was also among the guests at the wedding.
This article was originally published on British Vogue.
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