Duchess of Gloucester’s navy blue shirt dress proves royal fashion can be totally relatable as she attends palace garden party
The Duchess of Gloucester’s navy blue shirt dress worn at Buckingham Palace is one of the more versatile royal outfits out there
The Duchess of Gloucester’s navy blue shirt dress has proved royal fashion can be totally relatable as she attended a palace garden party.
- The Duchess of Gloucester opted for a stunning navy dress for a Buckingham Palace garden party on May 24.
- With its versatile shade and classic shape, this is one royal outfit that is easier to incorporate into your own closet.
- This royal news comes as Queen Letizia of Spain’s petal pink blouse and white culottes highlighted a major royal spring trend - and we’re loving it!
Whilst we’ve seen the likes of Kate Middleton’s hair flower and powder blue dress and Duchess Sophie's pink and white gingham outfit at royal garden parties so far this year, the Duchess of Gloucester has taken a more understated approach. She was one of three members of the extended Royal Family who attended the Royal Kennel Club garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 24. Alongside her husband the Duke of Gloucester and Prince Michael of Kent who are both the late Queen Elizabeth’s cousins, Birgitte, the Duchess stood out in navy blue.
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With its small collar, buttons and midi length, this is an elegant choice for anyone wanting to recreate the Duchess of Gloucester's navy blue shirt dress. The shorter sleeves make this even more perfect for the warmer months.
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Though it might not have the collar like the Duchess of Gloucester's navy blue shirt dress, this more casual option has a similar silhouette. The linen-blend dress has a tiered skirt, puffed sleeves and cut-out detail across the bodice.
Although the Royal Family wear blue very often, brighter shades are often favored by the likes of Queen Camilla and Kate Middleton, but Duchess Birgitte opted for a more subtle tone. The Duchess of Gloucester’s navy blue shirt dress was a Max Mara piece and although this is a luxury brand, the design was truly classic. There are similar shirt dresses on the high street that could help fans recreate this garden party look at a more affordable price.
The dress features floaty long sleeves ending in cuffs, with an understated collar and a pleated skirt adding extra definition. Down the front are tiny buttons in the same rich, navy blue shade and as well as a waistband accentuating the Duchess’ silhouette there’s also some sheer detailing across the top of the bodice and down the sides of the sleeves.
Falling to an elegant midi length the Duchess of Gloucester’s navy blue shirt dress is the perfect formal choice for a royal garden party. However, compared to the vivid shades and bright pastels we so often see from her fellow royals, this is a relatively subtle royal outfit. The color of blue is more low-key and can be paired with different accessories and even outerwear pieces in colder weather but is still a pop of color.
Whilst some royal looks are so formal and smart that people might not be able to imagine themselves wearing something similar, Duchess Birgitte’s shirt dress could be dressed down with a pair of sneakers or sandals and wouldn’t look out of place at other occasions. For the royal garden party she showed how it could be dressed up instead by opting for a matching navy blue hat and Eliot Zed beige wedge shoes.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were the only working royals at this particular garden party as Prince Michael of Kent isn’t one himself and they hosted the event. They appeared alongside the King and Queen on the balcony at the coronation and featured in the official group coronation portrait. The Royal Kennel Club marked its 150th anniversary this year and Prince Michael of Kent is their President. The late Queen Elizabeth was patron of the club for seven decades and in April, King Charles confirmed their royal prefix.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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