The ultimate regal dress! Trendy £420 Self-Portrait frock is a hit with the Princess of Wales, Princess Beatrice and Princess Madeline of Sweden (and even Kate has it in two colours)
- Kate and Beatrice own Pleated Woven Midi Dress by Self-Portrait in two colours
- Princess of Wales first wore the dress at a Buckingham Palace reception in 2021
- Princess Beatrice chose the black version for her grandmother The Queen’s vigil
- Princess Madeleine of Sweden has been spotted in the white sleeveless version
As members of the Royal Family, the Princess of Wales and Princess Beatrice have access to some of the most exclusive designers in the world.
But that doesn’t mean they feel the need to splash out on every single item in their wardrobe.
As eagle-eyed fashion fans have recently noticed, there’s a (somewhat) affordable high street brand that the two royal women have been wearing repeatedly since last year.
The Princess of Wales, 40, wore Self-Portrait’s £420 black blazer dress for the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night.
Complete with a black silk lapel and an elegant slim belt, the dress is designed to look like two separates – with a smart tailored blazer sewn over a pleated midi skirt with lace trim.
The Princess of Wales pictured at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 12, 2022. The mother-of-three opted for a £420 Self-Portrait dress for the occasion
Princess Beatrice wore the same dress to hold a vigil next to her grandmother’s coffin at Westminister Hall on September 17, 2022
The Princess of Wales was pictured wearing a cream version of the blazer dress at a Buckingham Palace reception in September 2021
For the sombre occasion, the mother-of-three accessorised the high-street dress with a pair of sheer tights, black heels and a matching clutch bag.
However, the frock has also been worn by Princess Beatrice, when she held a vigil with Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor for her late grandmother in September.
Standing beside Her Majesty’s coffin at Westminster Hall, Beatrice, 34, paired the Self-Portrait dress with a black suede headband topped with a bow and patent leather heels.
That said, both women – who own the dress in cream too – have worn the multipurpose frock in happier times as well.
The then Duchess of Cambridge wore the dress again for the Party at the Palace televised event for the Platinum Jubilee on June 4, 2022
The mother-of-three kept her accessories minimal and wore a pair of silver circular earrings for the occasion
Princess Beatrice was spotted in the cream £420 Self-Portrait dress at a London dinner in September 2022
In September 2021, Kate wore the cream dress publicly for the first time when she held a reception for those who helped organise her Hold Still photography initiative at Buckingham Palace.
For this occasion, the mother-of-three styled her brown hair in a high ponytail and was photographed happily speaking to guests in her high street lace frock.
And for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, the then Duchess of Cambridge chose the cream dress for Party at the Palace televised event in front of Buckingham Palace.
Keeping her accessories minimal, Kate instead opted for her signature bouncy blow-dry and wore a pair of circular silver earrings as she took her seat in the front row next to Princess Charlotte.
Princess Madeleine of Sweden (centre) was pictured wearing a sleeveless version of the cream dress at a Childhood foundation event in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this month.
Shortly before the Queen passed away in September, Princess Beatrice was spotted wearing the cream version of the dress while delivering a speech at the 2022 Annual Summit dinner at Mansion House – which sent royal fans into a frenzy.
Meanwhile, Princess Madeleine of Sweden was pictured wearing a sleeveless version of the cream dress at a Childhood foundation event in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this month.
The stylish royal, 40, paired her high street frock with some black heeled sandals for the occasion.
The £420 dress is available in black and white. The black version has a silk lapel while the cream has a boucle jacket
Self-Portrait founder Han Chong previously told Vogue: ‘It’s a positive thing that women now have more choices than just high street or designer.
‘It’s a good message to young girls that princesses wear £300 dresses to big events. It makes me proud.’
Suggesting why the dress has been such a hit with the royals, Amanda said: ‘The dress itself is a fun mix between elegance, sophistication, business casual on the top and then fun on the bottom with this little lace detail.’
And it’s not the first time that the Princess of Wales and Beatrice have twinned with their outfits.
And it’s not the first time Kate and Beatrice have twinned in an outfit! Both have worn a version of The Vampire’s Wife The Veneration dress (pictured left, Kate Middleton in the gown, and right, Princess Beatrice at Ellie Goulding’s wedding)
Princess Beatrice wore a £1,695 ‘The Veneration’ tiered silk-blend lamé dress by The Vampire’s Wife to Ellie Goulding’s nuptials at York Minster Cathedral in 2019.
Beatrice paired her dress with a black Justine Bradley-Hill ‘Athena’ headband, a green Sienna Jones bag, a Cartier ‘Juste un Clou’ bracelet, a Stella & Dot Chantilly lace cuff and black shoes from Reiss.
Kate wore a very similar version of the emerald gown as she stepped out when she joined Prince William for an evening reception at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin at the start of 2020.
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