Hannah Waddingham makes statement in stripes and chunky gold earrings at event with Prince William

Hannah Waddingham attended an Earthshot Prize panel event wearing a striped dress and gold earrings and it was a winning combination

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Hannah Waddingham made a bold statement in stripes and chunky gold earrings at an Earthshot event with Prince William.

Whether you’re looking at investing in one of the best jumpsuits for a special occasion or a dress to wear casually during the hot summer days you might not immediately consider picking up a patterned piece. However, stripes and polka dots are some of the most versatile prints out there and Hannah Waddingham has just shown how effective they can be at jazzing up a classic design. The acclaimed actor attended the inaugural Earthshot Prize Innovation Camp on 27th June in London to help celebrate the Earthshot Prize Finalists and global climate innovators. 

She chaired a panel session which included Prince William who established the prize with Sir David Attenborough in 2020. For this daytime event Hannah went for a timeless Suzannah London shirt dress with a crisp collar and three quarter length, slightly puffed sleeves.

Hannah Waddingham wears a striped dress at the Earthshot Prize Innovation Camp on June 27, 2024

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The front of the bodice had a crossover design that was a twist on the classic shirt dress shape but still upheld its beautiful elegance. Hannah wore her dress with a few buttons undone at the top which gave it a more casual feel and the skirt fell to a midi length, with pockets either side.

If you haven’t already got a shirt dress in your summer capsule wardrobe then seeing Hannah’s striped dress might well have tempted you to add one to your collection. Of course, plain shirt dresses are always beautiful and such an easy throw-on item, but stripes elevated this one even more. The deep blue and white was a fail safe combination and although there was a pop of colour it wasn’t too much and almost took on a more neutral edge thanks to the pattern.

Blue and white stripes look stunning with neutral bags and shoes, as well as with deeper blue hues or a vibrant red. Hannah kept things simple with her own accessories and added a glint of gold with her chunky Monica Vinader earrings. 

Prince William (C) stands next to US business tycoon Michael Bloomberg (L) who is shaking hands with Hannah Waddingham at an Earthshot Prize Innovation Camp in London on June 27, 2024

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These were made even more visible thanks to her decision to wear her blonde hair pulled back in a bun and they reached the top of her neck. Larger statement earrings have been increasingly popular in recent years and Hannah’s earrings for the Earthshot Prize Innovation Camp had a fabulous domed shape to them. There are so many similar options out there right now and, as the actor showed, they look great with a pared-back outfit to add more detail. 

She finished off her look with some white Gianvito Rossi court shoe heels though we think her striped shirt dress and earrings would look equally stylish with a pair of her best white trainers for even more of a smart-casual feel. This outfit could also easily be worn in cooler weather, with the addition of a pair of boots and a jacket over the top, making it incredibly versatile.

Prince William (2ndR) laughs with Hannah Waddingham (L), Hannah Jones (2ndL) and Tokunboh Ishmael (R) during a panel discussion at an Earthshot Prize Innovation Camp in London on June 27, 2024

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Hannah looked relaxed and comfortable in her outfit in pictures taken at the event. She hosted last year’s Earthshot Prize Awards in Singapore and chaired Prince William, Earthshot Prize chief executive Hannah Jones and Earthshot trustee Tokunboh Ishmael on the “Stories of Impact” panel during London Climate Action Week. 

As per The Telegraph, Hannah described Prince William as being “not just the poster boy” for the prize, but “very much the engine room”. At the event the Prince of Wales also described this as a time to make critical changes for the good of our planet.

“This is the critical decade for change so impact is something I’m very alive to at the moment. I say to the team ‘Come on, what’s the next thing? What are we doing?’” he declared.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!