May it be the first of many stand-out style moments to come this coronation weekend.
On Saturday morning, the spectacle of King Charles III’s coronation will begin in London, marking a new chapter in royal history. And on hand to witness it will be Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, who has been making the rounds in the days preceding the ceremony—both to kick off the celebrations that will run all through the long weekend, and to greet the influx of esteemed international guests who have descended on the city.
On Friday, at a reception held at Buckingham Palace to welcome those who had traveled to attend the coronation, Middleton shook hands with foreign dignitaries and royals—including King Felipe VI of Spain, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, and the U.S. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden—while wearing a very appropriate shade for the weekend’s festivities: royal blue.
It follows a subtly patriotic style streak for the Princess of Wales, who also paid a surprise visit to the Dog & Duck pub in London’s Soho on Thursday in red, white, and blue: the colors of the Union Jack flag. (For the low-key occasion, she wore a tailored bright red coat by Eponine London that revealed a blue lining as she walked the city streets, and a white shirt dress by Suzannah.)
While greeting international guests on Friday, she wore a dress by Self-Portrait along with a pair of sapphire and diamond fringe earrings that once belonged to the Queen Mother and a sparkly silver clutch by Jenny Packham. May it be the first of many stand-out style moments to come from Middleton this coronation weekend.
This article was originally published on Vogue.