Queen Camilla proves shirt dresses aren’t just for summer with autumnal printed look for London engagement

Queen Camilla’s shirt dress is a familiar sight for royal fans as she’s been glimpsed in this vibrant outfit several times this year already…

Queen Camilla's shirt dress showcased during visit to Project Zero with King Charles
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Queen Camilla has proved shirt dresses aren’t just for summer with a fabulous autumnal printed look for a London engagement with King Charles. 


Just like Kate Middleton’s dresses which are often re-worn for major engagements, it seems Queen Camilla’s shirt dresses hold a very special place in her heart and have been glimpsed on many different occasions. From Camilla bringing back her ‘South-West dress’ featuring an eye-catching leaf-print to Camilla’s tropical look with its jungle patterned shirt dress appearing again at an engagement in Sandringham, her favorites are seriously versatile. 

And now the Queen Consort has proved that shirt dresses aren’t just for the summer months as she opted for another of her most-worn looks on October 18th.

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort visit Project Zero

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King Charles and Queen Camilla stepped out in London for a visit to Project Zero, an organization that is dedicated to engaging young people in positive activities, promoting social inclusion, attempting to reduce offending behavior and strengthening cohesion within the community. 

Project Zero aims to see one entire year where no young person has died as a result of knife or violent crime. The royal couple were given a tour and met both members of staff and young people, learning more about their experience. 

For this important visit, Queen Camilla brought back her feather-print shirt dress with its beautifully elegant design and autumnal tones. Designed by Fiona Clare, it reaches just above the ankle and has classic long sleeves perfect for the UK’s October weather. 

King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort visit Project Zero

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The background of the dress is a rich, navy blue with the detailed feather motif spreading out across it in shades of gold, bronze and brown, with tiny hints of red. The feathers perfectly capture a sense of real-life bird feathers - something that the nature-loving Queen Consort likely appreciates greatly.

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RRP: $86.57 / £76.45 | Joules Feather Printed Shirt Dress | If you love the Queen Consort's dress choice, try this  navy shirt dress, featuring a similar feather print pattern. Easily styled up or down the print works for all seasons for a truly versatile buy. 

Queen Camilla previously wore this feather-print shirt dress back in July 2021 for a visit to Exeter Cathedral, as well as when she opened a new life-changing library at Griffin Primary School.

She also wore the same dress for a visit to The Whittington Hospital as Patron of the Roald Dahl Marvelous Children’s Charity and to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, visits the hospital garden

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Whilst such a bold pattern might suggest this dress could be tricky to style, Queen Camilla has proved time and time again that they work for plenty of occasions, no matter the season. And with its rich navy and brown tones, Queen Camilla’s shirt dress was a lovely choice for her October engagement.  

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.