Queen Camilla wore Dior & sapphires to the state dinner at Versailles

Here are photos from Day 1 of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s trip to France. They were originally supposed to go to France in March, but the French riots put a stop to that, especially when French people began planning specific protests for Charles and Camilla’s visit, plus there was some mention of a guillotine.

Charles and Camilla arrived at Orly airport in the afternoon, and Camilla wore a pink Fiona Clare ensemble for all of the daytime activities, which included a state greeting at the airport with a Guard of Honor, then a trip to the Arc de Triomphe, then some separate activities with King Charles and President Macron peeling away from their wives. Camilla left the impression that she was staggering around, half in the bag. She also didn’t have weights in the hem of her Fiona Clare dress, and her skirt blew up as she was deplaning.

For the state dinner at Versailles, Camilla wore a caped Dior in navy, and Brigitte Macron also wore navy. Copykeening! Camilla paired her Dior look with some Royal Collection sapphires and diamonds. The menu included blue lobster, Bresse French poultry with mushroom gratin, and a selection of both French and English cheese, including Stichelton. The gifts between Macron and Charles were suitably bookish: Macron gave Charles “an original edition of Romain Gary’s “The Roots of Heaven,” a 1956 novel about a rogue environmentalist. Charles in return gave him Voltaire’s “Letters on the English.”

The Washington Post’s coverage was somewhat savage, noting that the French reaction to Charles and Camilla’s visit elicited a shrug, unlike the popularity QEII enjoyed in France. They spoke to a 22-year-old ice cream salesgirl who said: “More people are interested in Queen Elizabeth. She was around my entire life. She was a big personality. Even though we are French, we know her. But the king is not as known. People don’t talk about him. He’s an old man and won’t last long, so maybe people want that distance, or maybe they just don’t care.”

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  1. MinorityReport says:

    Y’all can come for me if you want. I love Cam’s navy Dior dress. Love it.

    • Becks1 says:

      I would like it if the cape was less voluminous. I think it swallows her. But the dress itself looks nice, I like the simplicity of the bodice in the picture where she is sitting.

      • MsDoe says:

        Yes! Was going to say the very same — it needed to be less voluminous.
        It reminds me of key outfits worn by Meghan.

      • Cara says:

        It’s Charles’ pants that are voluminous. He needs to see Macron’s tailor. The jacket is pretty bad too. The lapels are odd. The fabric looks cheap on top and bottom. Camilla could fit an aide or two under what she’s wearing though.

    • nutella toast says:

      @minorityreport I do too. I think she looks great. Yes, it’s a little big, but overall, it’s pretty stylish for her.

    • Liz says:

      She looks amazing! (In the blue. The pink is meh. When will Brits stop wearing these stupid hats?)

      • ML says:

        Camzilla is no Barbie girl. The pink is awful on her.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I think the navy Dior is one of the best things Camilla has ever worn. Also, her looks much than it normally does.

        IMAO, The pink ensemble looks bad because it makes Cammie’s hair look more bleached-out than it actually is. The pink ensemble is fine in-and-of itself. This is the case of a good outfit on the wrong person.

      • Megan says:

        Speaking of hair, Brigitte’s wig is way too heavy. It makes it look like she has no neck.

      • snappyfish says:

        I have alway thought Brigitte looks like ET when he was dressed a woman with wig & hat.

    • ML says:

      MinorityReport, I love her dark blue Dior dress, too, and wish it were on a more deserving wearer!

      • Barbie1 says:

        I love the dress and sapphires. They are so darn beautiful. Just breathtaking.

      • Megan says:

        It’s a shame Angela Kelly kept the family jewels under lock and key. They are absolutely amazing. I love seeing them (but also feel guilty since so many are stolen).

      • JJ says:

        @Megan, why do people keep driving this stolen jewel narrative is beyond me. Most of them were bought by the royals throughout generations. For example, the sapphire set worn here were a wedding gift purchased by George VI for her daughter, when she married Prince Philip by in 1947. Even the most controversial one the Koh i Noor was a gift from one monarch to another. Of course, we can argue the validity of calling it “gift”. But that is just one rare exception.

    • Nic says:

      Came here to say the same. I love everything about this look and want it for myself.

    • Josephine says:

      the daily fail had a close up of it and it looked like there were crumbs or lint all over the middle section of the cape. she managed to make a dior look like a giant bib. thought it was quite funny coming from the fail.

    • Colleen says:

      Same! It’s a great dress.

    • Cerys says:

      I agree. The cape is a bit large but the dress looks good. Brigitte Macron’s dress is lovely and she looks much better with her hair up rather than wearing that huge wig from earlier in the day.

    • Samfiddle says:

      She looks fab in navy blue. Literally one of the best colours for her to wear, and this outfit is age appropriate and glam. The pink outfit is dreadful though, and I don’t know if she wears hats very well.

    • Visa Diva says:

      She looks good. Before it was announced it was Dior, you could tell it was couture, it had that look

      • Jeannine says:

        I love the dress, but my first thought was Bene Gesserit witch.

      • Snaggletooth says:

        Once I hit 40 I decided I was going to be witch inspired, so that’s a plus in my mind.

        But seriously I love this look and to me it looks distinctly Meghan inspired.

      • Emme says:

        @Snaggletooth, YES! !!! It IS Meghan inspired, well spotted. It’s a long version of the Dior dress with cape that Meghan wore to a funeral….either Philip’s or the real Queen’s.

    • Bookie says:

      It could have been tailored to be a little more fitting, but I do have to say she looks great. This is the best look I’ve seen her in, with possibly the exception of her wedding outfit.

      And that concludes anything nice I will say about that witch for the next year or two.

      • BeanieBean says:

        It is a little too voluminous for an older woman who has to negotiate cobblestones & stairs. And doesn’t she have osteopenia? She needs to watch out for tripping hazards. Lovely outfit overall and I’m firmly on the side of wearing ALL the sapphires; make sure you can be seen from across the room!

    • FHMom says:

      I am not a fan of hers, but damn she looks amazing.

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      That blue Dior is stately and gorgeous on her. Coupled with the jewels, she looks…dare I say…classy and regal? I’m in pain, lol!

      Charles, on the other hand, is a frumpy old mess. What happened to him? He gets a little gut and all of a sudden no one can make anything that suits his body anymore?

      • BeanieBean says:

        Charles is the surprise here. He used to be known as quite dapper! So he’s older & a little heavier, he still has access to the best tailors so I don’t understand what’s going on.

    • Was coming to say,NGL the Rottweiler looks great in the navy ensemble plus the heavy sapphire jewels.Whomever dressed her did well.

      I still dislike her immensely.

    • MissMarirose says:

      I agree. It’s a beautiful gown and comfortable-looking. Also, if we’re keeping it a buck today, at least Cam is sporting her own hair. Brigitte Macron is clearly wearing a wig and it looks ridiculous next to a woman of roughly the same age with her real (albeit dyed) hair.

    • Christine says:

      Nope, I’m right there with you! She looks great here.

    • Jojo says:

      I won’t come for you 😂 because you’re not wrong. For Camilla this was definitely one of the nicer things I’ve ever seen her in. Having said that, I can’t abide the woman so, whereas I’d leave it at the compliment for anyone else, I also have to add that I’ve been to festivals with tents less voluminous than her outfit. All I’ve got on Charles is that he looks like Charlie Chaplin in those trousers.

      • Lady D says:

        She got one from me, about her gorgeous wedding attire. Can I also mention I’m getting a little tired of all these “sweet tributes to the Queen” when wearing her jewelry? This set was a gift to Elizabeth from her father. Would she have really wanted to see it on Camilla? Why didn’t Liz give it to her daughter?

    • Tara says:

      Came to say this. I think this is the best I’ve ever seen her look.

    • Sue E Generis says:

      It looks like a tent.

    • Bromptonviewer says:

      Agree. Love that whole look. The necklace, the dress, the colour on her. Age appropriate but still slaying. She nailed it.

    • Dlcc says:

      I think that is the best I’ve ever seen Camilla look.

      • Xeni says:

        Camilla’s posture is awful, then again she may have a physiological problem so l guess I shouldn’t be so focused on it 🤷🏾‍♀️

    • Pope Archibald says:

      Agreed. I also think it’s her best look yet. Even bad people can pull off a great look now and then!

    • Taytanish says:

      Naaahhh, they can put lipstick on a pig all they want it will always be a pig. None of these creeps has any personality of their own, they all copy, copy, copy and copy Madame Duchess.

    • JJ says:

      And what the heck is copykeening? Camilla is in France for a state visit. Blue is the national colour of France. It is really basic etiquette that she wore blue for such occassions.

    • Carmen says:

      Chacun a son gout. I don’t like it. She looks like she’s wearing a tent. And Charles is in desperate need of a new tailor. He looks awful.

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      Ditto. I think this is a great look.

    • Mcmmom says:

      Same. She looks good (sorry! Ducking for cover).

    • Backstage Bitchy says:

      Meeee toooo! I loathe most of these people and think the entire monarchy is a horribly dressed ridiculous relic and I’m Team Sussex / team freedom.
      That being said, I absolutely adore Camilla’s Dior. That is a rockstar look. That is , by many many exponentials, the coolest, freshest, chicest, most appropriate thing I’ve ever seen her wear, and absolutely the ONLY thing I’ve seen her wear that I covet. A++ NO NOTES …

    • Barb Mill says:

      I agree. I love it.

    • bisynaptic says:

      In another context, they would have called it what it is: an abaya. Ironic, because Macron is cracking down on Muslim garb.

      Can we talk about how strange it is that he made this a black tie (semi-formal), not a white tie (formal) event? Like, the Jillets Jaunes peasants won’t be able to tell that massive wealth has gathered? Charles would have at least looked better in a tux and Camilla would have gotten to wear a tiara. (What else is the point of being Queen consort?) She doesn’t have that many more occasions left.

    • Lynn Chang says:

      I love it too. I think she looks fabulous.

    • yellowy says:

      I’m liking the caftan too.

    • Nanzi says:

      No the dress and cape were beautifully designed but Camilla appeared shrunk and with her blown out hair and voluminous cape I kept picturing her climbing on to her broomstick. Charles suit looks baggy and shabby.

  2. Lady Esther says:

    I think this is the best Camilla has ever looked, I love the dress and cape ensemble with the sapphires. No tiara though, boo!

    Can’t wait to talk about how Charles the Existentialist Environmentalist had the royal Bentley flown in for the occasion…

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      I second this. I’ve never seen her look better. Maybe because this is the first “modern” look we’ve seen her wear? She still looks like a witch, but at least she looks like a rich witch. On the other hand, Charles looks sloppy in his tuxedo. Too bad.

      • Bromptonviewer says:

        I’d also love to see a credit for her makeup artist. This is the best she’s ever looked in my opinion. Not a big fan of her, but WOW. She looks truly stunning here.

    • Tessa says:

      I think it’s the worst the cape looks like a tent

    • Princessk says:

      That Bentley is probably kept at the British Embassy, and the Royal insignia is just placed on it whenever required.

      • Carrie says:

        Nope as per the Daily Mail Charles took the Be they with him.

      • Jaded says:

        The Guardian reports that C&C were driven from the airport in their own Bentley, which was transported from the UK. Way to go Mr. Concerned Environmentalist.

    • Snaggletooth says:

      She looks great because this is a Meghan-coded look. There I said it. Meghan teaching all these heuxs how to dress

      • Jais says:

        I do feel like Meghan made capes a thing. Women were even wearing saafiya cape dresses to that Jordan wedding. She is the inspo. The Windsor witches should all send her thank you flowers every damn day of their lives but nah they’d rather bury her. The dress is good on cam no doubt.

      • Miranda says:

        I agree. She copied Meghan’s style of impactful, elegant simplicity. But, her overall look is ruined when I see her face. She is only 76, but looks 86! Camilla has had access to the best stylists, dermatologists, and dentists that money can buy. Why are her teeth so bad, her skin so wrinkly and dry looking? She schemed to be queen for over 30 years, and has been financial supported by Charles all that time. Money has never been an issue or obstacle to maintaining her appearance. Camilla has never been an attractive woman; even when young. She has always looked craggy-looking, especially when compared to Diana; she owed it to herself to create the image of a Queen in all aspects of her persona. Although, I detest her, I still feel sad for her condition today.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ Spot-on! Exactly @Snaggletooth, @Jais, @Miranda. 💯 Meghan is the Moment! Meghan is the style inspiration!!! Camzilla is copying Meghan’s classy Stella McCartney cape dress worn at QE-II’s funeral last September.


  3. Chloe says:

    Wasn’t this the necklace that was reportedly missing? Or am I confusing one for the other?

    Anyway, the pink coat dress is fine. Not anything groundbreaking but I like the colour on her. As for that Dior cape dress just doesn’t suit her. I feel like she’s drowning in it.

    • Clarissa says:

      I think that was the aquamarine set you’re thinking of

    • Laura D says:

      @Chloe – No. The missing necklace is the “Nizam of Hyderabad” gifted to QEII in 1947 as a wedding present. That necklace is made up of emeralds and diamonds. The necklace and earrings worn by Camila as a “sweet tribute” to QEII is from the George VI sapphire collection.

      • BeanieBean says:

        This jewelry as tribute is BS. These are simply the jewels in the royal collection. They will have been worn by any number of women over the years (decades, centuries).

      • Jen says:

        The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace has emerald-cut diamonds, not emeralds. It’s a necklace set solely with diamonds. You can look up the details in any number of articles or blogs, or from the horse’s mouth, on the royal collection trust website. I’ve never heard that it was missing. Last I remember it being seen, QEII loaned to Can’t for a gala at the National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Jen yes its all diamonds, its a really gorgeous statement necklace. Kate wore it in 2014 and I think she wore it one other time (maybe in NYC?)

        the necklace has not been seen in years and there have been some stories that its “unaccounted for.” It’s not officially part of the royal collection, I think it was the personal property of QEII, so its not a state issue, but it is concerning that the fact that it is “missing” has not been fully addressed. Like a “palace insider” hasnt said “of course its not missing. there just hasn’t been an appropriate occasion for Queen Camilla to wear it” or something.

      • clarissa says:

        @Jen it’s only missing in the sense that the royal collection does not have it as is protocol for the type of gift. It’s one of eleven pieces that the royal collection do not have possession of but should

      • Laura D says:

        Thanks everyone! I did wonder if I was reading the description about the necklace(s) correctly. The pictures on the page showed QEII wearing an emerald and diamond necklace with matching accessories and Kate wearing the ‘unaccounted’ for Hyderbad necklace with the emerald cut diamonds.

        Apologies for the confusion :blush

  4. Normades says:

    I just saw this on French noontime news and Camilla actually looked really good in that voluminous blue gown (that pink thing though was atrocious though).
    Chuck wanted his fancy French statesman welcome and he got it. He gave a speech in French at parliament which was well received and the gala…well let’s just say the French really know how to throw a dinner party. Fancy with a capital F and A list guests like Hugh Grant and Mick Jagger.
    Anyway as much as it pains me to say this was a definite win for Chuck but I bet Wills is fuming. Haha

    • Smart&Messy says:

      I do think it’s impressive that he gave a speech in French. He probably doesn’t use it regularly, so it must have taken some effort on his part to prepare for. Camilla still looks unsure about what she is supposed to do.

      • Princessk says:

        Camilla always looks unsure and very unsteady.

        The way she walks and looks shaky I wonder if it is the start of something. I wonder how long before she has to reduce her public engagements.

      • Jaded says:

        @Princessk — she’s got pretty severe osteoporosis and a fall could likely break a hip, that’s why she moves so carefully. Her mother had it very badly and died at 72 due to complications. I know we all joke about it here that she’s always half in the bag but it’s the osteo.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree that the pink was awful. It made her look like she was trying to dress like a little girl, and the stupid hat does not work in France. She looked like an idiot with that thing on her head. She needs richer colors – the blue was much more suitable.

      • Jenn says:

        Yes! What flew into my mind was “wow, how weird and infantilized.” Someone upthread suggested it washes her out; it appears to be an icy pink color, and I don’t think Camilla is a winter, as her skin is Trump bronze.

        Meanwhile, the navy blue is STUNNING. Her shoulders look so narrow and glamorous with that neckline and cape! I can’t get over it. Look at that enviable clavicle! I even love her hair, slightly tousled by the wind. She really looks incredible! I am in shock.

      • Jais says:

        Her skin is Trump bronze😂! So true

    • Normades says:

      I agree that she probably was a bit unsteady and disoriented. There was one scene where Brigitte Macron was very kindly adjusting the cape for her.

      • Jaded says:

        She gets vertigo when she flies and has to take meds for it, that and her osteoporosis is probably why she seemed a bit unsteady.

    • Shiera_S says:

      Well, a lot of French people are mad because the meal cost seemingly 3KE per plate and 180 guests were present. We are going, as other countries in Europe, through a housing crisis as well as price surges ; students can’t even eat 3 meals a day and workers say they have to miss a meal to go by. That’s crazy that our taxes pay for those meals with rich people in this economy. I think that Macron should have made it smaller to take all that in mind.

  5. Iris says:

    That navy cape dress is fabulous!! I find that baby pink shade really hard to pull off if you’re over 25 tbh

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The baby pink shade works quite well if you have dark brown hair.

      • Jenn says:

        Bang on. I googled “color seasons” (which I tend to think are a total joke, but maybe not in this case?), and that icy almost-lavender pink is a “winter” color. I think the accompanying photo was Liv Tyler.

      • The Old Chick says:

        @jenn Colour seasons are definitely not a joke! They have more defined colour groupings now than just 4 ‘seasons’. I know my colours and pretty much only wear them. It makes getting dressed so easy.. When you put fabrics from different seasons against your skin, it’s obvious what you are. A lot of blondes tend to be summer (not all, obviously). Both black and white make me look like I’m dying so I avoid like the plague. I wear warm bright colours in general.

  6. Gill says:

    20+ years preparing for this role and still not learned to weight a hem or walk with shoulders back??? The princess diaries managed it…even Vivian Ward managed to look more ladylike after some help before dinner from Barney in Pretty Woman 🤦‍♀️

    • Jaded says:

      As I said above, she has severe osteoporosis and it has caused curvature of the spine. She simply can’t throw her shoulders back.

  7. Carrie says:

    Some environmentalist. The pair and their entourage flew private and he took his. No expense spared and bugger the environment.
    Don’t dare come to Australia and expect us taxpayers to pay for you.
    Australia Republic now.

  8. Becks1 says:

    And Charles spoke French, I listened to the clip and he sounded pretty good? But I speak zero french so maybe he was awful, IDK, lol.

    Are these the same sapphires Camilla wore for the tiara event at BP? (I can’t remember if it was the diplomatic reception or a state dinner.) I am expecting her to start wearing some of the bigger pieces that have been in the vault for decades at this point.

    The pink dress is fine, its very Camilla, I wish she had weighted her hems though, what was she thinking, she looked like she was struggling getting off the plane. The blue dress swallows her and we’ve definitely seen her in better evening gowns.

    • sam says:

      and William doesn’t even speak any foreign languages. But still statesman…

      • windyriver says:

        I have heard he’s learning American…

      • anotherlily says:

        William is lazy. It takes effort and commitment to learn another language to the level of fluency Charles shows. The late Queen was fluent in French. Prince Philip was fluent in both French and German. Princess Anne speaks French. Charles made the effort to learn Welsh.

        William, now Prince of Wales, speaks only English and, according to reports, refuses to learn Welsh. Kate has no facility in any foreign language and struggles with public speaking in English. They are both out of their depth on foreign state visits.

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        @windyriver Lolol!!!

    • Josephine says:

      What’s the plane etiquette? Why was chuckles so far ahead and not even pretending to be a gentleman?

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Yes, she wore the sapphire necklace (without the added drop pendant) & earrings as well as the sapphire tiara to a BP state dinner last fall. It really did not look good in that case & this is much better to showcase the jewelry.

    • Normades says:

      I speak fluent French and thought he did very well in Frohlich of parliament (but it’s of course rehearsed). Then again at the gala he made some more off the cuff statements and it was again pretty good. He came off actually kinda charming and was definitely enjoying himself.

  9. I didn’t know Barbie had a pink outfit for her horse. Pink is a no on Horsilla. The black livery is better.

  10. Miranda says:

    What on earth is that thing on Brigitte Macron’s head in the second photo? It looks dreadful.

    I appreciate that Camilla changed thing up, color-wise, with the pink ensemble, but I’m not sure that the shade suits her. It’s too…young. And I had no idea that Dior designed tents!

    • RMS says:

      Glad someone else noticed Brigitte’s ‘hair’. Time to get a slightly less full wig, the current one seems to be totally overwhelming her face. I’ve been bald twice from chemo and have had a ton of experience trying them on – she has the means to get something less overpowering…

      • Miranda says:

        It looks like a Halloween wig, and not even fitted properly! It’s like she just plopped it on top of her head.

    • Lady Esther says:

      “What on earth is that thing on Brigitte Macron’s head…”

      A glimpse of Kate’s future, if she doesn’t cool it with the fake hair?

    • Princessk says:

      It is quite clearly a full wig.
      When the wind blew it open I saw the seams.

    • North of Boston says:

      Brigitte Macron should be careful… between the wigs and the giant gold nautical buttons, Kate’s going to be gunning for her.

  11. Jan says:

    Cain got his manners from Chucky, Cowmilla was struggling coming down the airplane ramp, her dress blowing up, trying to hold on to her hat and he didn’t even help her.
    Who the heck taught Harry manners?
    That was rather embarrassing, just like when Cain left a pregnant Unable in snow no less to reach officials greeting then, then again in Australia when she was carry baby George, with her dress, blowing up.
    Chucky’s suit was huge especially the pants, Dior said I’m going to use all the material on the bolt.

  12. SussexWatcher says:

    Wow. Seeing Camzilla in that Meghan-appropriated gown is making me realize she hasn’t learned anything since Diana’s “revenge dress.” Did Camzilla really think she was doing a thing here by trying to look like Meghan?? I guess she’s never heard the saying about lipstick on a pig. Camilla, you’re still a pig.

    For people who literally wanted her dead, they sure do try to steal everything about Meghan’s look. Her hair, watered down, ill-fitting replicas of her outfits, her shoes, her husband.

    A bunch of disgusting psychos.

    • Tessa says:

      Diana wore an iconic pink outfit. Camilla should avoid pink outfits like Diana wore.

    • Miranda says:

      Camilla’s attempt to copy Diana’s “revenge dress” was HILARIOUS. People had been saying for ages that Charles was an idiot for ditching one of the most beautiful, charismatic, and effortlessly elegant women in the world in favor of a frumpy equine. Camilla somehow got it into her head to copy that iconic sexy dress (I can only assume that, like Kate, she believed that Diana’s appeal was based solely on her clothing), practically obligating every tabloid to publish side-by-side “whore wore it better?” photos and really drive home just how stupid Charles truly was,

      • Princessk says:

        Yes, when I saw Camilla decked out in diamonds for the banquet I thought this should have been Diana and not her.

  13. equality says:

    Why would the French people be that interested in C&C? If it were here in the US, I’d be more interested in what our President and First Lady did than in a foreign monarch.

    • Angie says:

      He is head of the military in his country and although he is not the Prime Minister he has great influence in his country.

      • equality says:

        He is figurehead leader of the military. It takes the PM to commit to military action (phrased as “on behalf of the crown”). France isn’t his country was my point. The French are likely more concerned with what THEIR leaders are doing.

      • JJ says:

        @euality, say that to the armed forces and see if they agree with you. Whilst yes, the Crown has designated almost all of its power to various functions over the centuries, they still hold sway, and the soldiers do swear allegiance to the Crown and not to the PM, and they do that not for lip service. They genuinely think that they are the king’s soldiers, and not the people’s, and definitely not the politicians. There is this intricasy.

      • equality says:

        @JJ Sorry but that sounds too much like a dictatorship for the military to have their allegiance to one person .

      • JJ says:

        @equality, soldiers do pledge their allegiance to the Sovereign. This is not a thing only for the UK. Any monarchies do that. Some of the world’s most demogracies are monarchies. Being a monarchy does not necessarily equal to being a dictatorship. As for the soldiers’ mood to their pledge, I only derived that from visiting military forums.

  14. Laura D says:

    I must admit I did enjoy looking at all the pictures for this event. The French really do know how to do glitzy chic. The setting was stunning. After all the horrors of Brexit, this was soft diplomacy at it’s best. Charles even did a walkabout without any boos or eggs!

    I did like the dress Camilla was wearing but, felt she looked as if she was swamped in the cape. Is she trying to be a brand ambassador for Dior? I thought the jewellery was way OTT to the point where it looked gaudy. I’ll also give her credit for choosing a handbag earlier in the day by a young designer involved with the Prince’s Trust.

    • equality says:

      The French haven’t been truly oppressed by the British monarchy, so they likely don’t care enough one way or the other to throw anything.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      Agree about the jewelry, Laura D. And it was too much sapphire. I guess her motto is, if you’ve stolen it, flaunt it.

      • BQM says:

        George VI bought this set at a London jewelers for his daughter’s wedding. There are quite a few pieces like that which is why there’s really no valid excuse for holding on to pieces with disputed provenance. At least in the personal jewels—the state ones are really the British government’s responsibility.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        Yes, but the size and sheer quantity of gems leads me to assume that there is theft involved somewhere in the process. Or maybe they’re “blood” gems.

      • JJ says:

        BQM, by that attitude, does that mean anyone should relinquish their properties simply because someone else stake a later claim, regardless of how strenuous it is? Because all it is for someone else to put a claim on an asset later on for it to be disputed provenance.

    • tamsin says:

      This reminds me that Meghan was the first person to carry a bag by a young designer helped by the The Prince’s Trust and introduced the “small” top handle hand bag for general royal usage. My, what far-reaching influence Diana and one of her daughters-in-law has had! Meghan wore a caped Stella McCartney to a royal event, and that beautiful black version to the funeral of Elizabeth II. I agree that the Dior here is much more beautiful than that rather awful dress she wore in Germany. I think Camilla looks as good as she can look here. The pairing with the sapphires is stunning. I think the fuller cape was designed to work with the fuller dress. The dress underneath seemed to be Camilla’s familiar A-Line or fit and flare silhouette. I think her hair was styled a bit differently, with the front swept to one side, for the state dinner and it looked very good on her, and gave her a very elegant look. It was simply ungentlemanly of Charles not to help Camilla deplane. It’s terrible to see her try to keep hat from flying off, her hem from flying up, and one hand on the rail. I must say she has great legs, though. She does seem rather unsteady for whatever reason.

  15. Tennyson.Sarah says:

    Am French, living in the UK.
    Comments about Charles & Camilla in French papers, including very Conservative Le Figaro are absolutely derogatory.
    Kaiser, you could have mentioned he came by private jet when Liz took the train. He’ll also go to Bordeaux on private jet when it takes less time by TVG train! 2 hours by train! To top it Charles’s Bentley was also transported to France and he has been using it most of the time.
    I also listened to his speeches, yesterday in Versailles and today at the Senate.
    Charles never was as fluent as his mother was, but he struggled. Today, I noticed how tired he was. He’s really aging.
    Of course, William can’t read more than 5 words in any foreign language, but Charles’s mental faculties seem to be failing.

    • Laura D says:

      Merci pour ca @Tennyson.Sarah. 😉 It just goes to show how well the British media manipulate these stories. I thought the visit looked to be successful so, it’s interesting to hear that even the right-wing French press are calling them out.

    • Julie says:

      Im also a native French speaker, though he has a very noticeable English accent, i think he did very well. It wasn’t a simple speech with easy words and its still exceedingly rare to see an anglophone speak French, so ill give him Kudos for that.
      Regarding his failing abilities, well its either him OR will & kate on the throne. Besides this is a purely ceremonial role, so not a great deal of risk having him on the throne.
      Frankly the dinosaurs we see as elected officials in the US are far more worrying that bumbling Charles

      Also, Right wing in france doesnt mean monarchist. In this situation the 2 venn diagrams of conservatism and monarchy do not overlap. I just went back to read the Figaro and people are mostly pissed off at the ostentatious banquets.

  16. Kristen from MA says:

    I love these sapphires. Camilla does too, since this is the 3rd time she’s worn them. Some on the jewelry blogs are complaining that she she’s repeating the jewels again, but I can’t complain about that. What I do have an issue with is she left her daytime bracelets on and added the sapphire bracelet. Way to spoil the look.

    • equality says:

      Wonder if she’s repeating jewels because so many of the others are controversial and she is afraid of what countries will start demanding returns.

    • Jenn says:

      I noticed the bracelets looked strange, but I couldn’t parse why; I’d assumed it was just a case of “take one item off”? But I feel like her arms and hands would look so long and elegant with those cropped sleeves, if not for the visual “cut” of the silver bangle across her wrist

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, I noticed the VC&A Alhambra bracelet & wondered about that. Maybe she’s one of those women who has favorite pieces & wears them always, with everything?

  17. The Old Chick says:

    For cowmilla, the blue is a very stylish look. Perhaps a tad big but otherwise good. I’m reminded when she suddenly wore Dior to somewhere (Ascot?) and it was meant to be dior hates Meghan! Dior ignoring Meghan, no contract for Meghan! But same time supposedly ‘royals’ couldn’t wear foreign fashion houses, again an egregious lie but when Meghan’s involved, all truth is off the tables.

    Anyway, the creature looks fine, she’s lots a shit ton of weight and is photoshopped to hell and back. I still loathe her, her narcissism, her gaslighting, her manipulation and her determination to destroy what was already a shell of a family. I personally wish nothing but pain and massive suffering for that b^tch but that’s me.

    • Em says:

      I was wondering why more people didn’t make the link, she absolutely put out those rumors. Anyways meghan has moved onto Hermes now, more chick and doesn’t platform women beaters

      • The Old Chick says:

        Em she did.. She’s that nasty. I’m not thinking Meghan’s relationship with dior is broken but, come on! Cowmilla never wears dior, just those comfy house coats. I wear them at home as well without a bra like her (without jewels and photographers). Suddenly there were the Meghan Dior contract stories then suddenly the Cow starts wearing Dior. And of course, Dior hates Meghan was next. Basically she’s kopykeening. It’s not surprising two of Ms biggest royal and fashion moments were Dior (chubbly and funeral). Cow destroys everything she sees. Im still rolling my eyes about royals only wearing British designers

      • Flower says:

        TBH if Dior want Camilla in favour of Meghan, then let them have it.

        For sure it will be the biggest mistake they ever make.

        One think I am noticing is just how disturbed and deranged both Camilla and Kate are. They truly believe that just donning the same clothes as Diana and Meghan will grant them the same levels of beauty, charisma and the it factor that both Diana and Meghan have.

        It’s insane to me how insulated this family have to reality. They could just choose to run their own race but delight in tearing down and destroying the lives of others.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I don’t think she’s lost weight, it’s just that her face looks a lot more gaunt than usual. I think that’s her particular aging process. And yes, they certainly airbrushed out those wrinkles!

      • The Old Chick says:

        I thought she did the last year or so. She looked very slim last time she was out, Scotland, maybe? But given she mostly wears loose dresses it could have been the fitted suit. A few years ago she didn’t look this thin to me. But I’d have to look at pics of her and, nope.. Can’t stand to look at her..

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Brigitte Macron made Camilla look old fashioned and dowdy.

  19. Interested Gawker says:

    Dior is wise to stay relevant in the twenty-first century by entering emerging markets with new ventures like equestrian show horse tack.

  20. Jk says:

    It looks mighty windy! Ha!
    Ok, much as I dislike these people, Camilla looked good in both outfits and more importantly, this whole event made Will look even more pathetic so that’s a win.

  21. Tessa says:

    It looked like she was wearing a tent. She had too much makeup on. Some eyebrow issues like Kate has

  22. Seraphina says:

    I guess I am in the minority when I say, seeing Cams next to Mrs. Macron reminds me of seeing my grandmother’s frumpy country quilt next to a polished and tailored bed piece.
    On the positive, Cams does wear those jewels and I have an inkling she is hoarding them from Kate (which sadly gives me a smile). And that suit on Mrs. Macron, the cut is to die for. Well done.

  23. Em says:

    Someone from horsey mchorseface’s camp leaked the rumor about the Sussexes supposedly signing a contract with dior, and then being snubbed by dior. The fact she wore dior to ascot immediately after ascot and then this. Every single person in this highly dysfunctional family is jealous of Meghan. The fact that she came in, confident and did her duties with ease even under tremendous amount of pressure. It’s why they’re all playing catch up with her even after she’s left. Wearing brands so they could get mentioned as well. They all need evaluation

  24. Lauren says:

    The pictures of Camilla bring to mind that lovely British phrase mutton dressed as lamb.
    Also it bothers me a little bit that Camilla keeps wearing the sapphires which, given they were a wedding gift to QEII from her father, were considered to be very special to QEII. There are many other choices that are more significant and historic but Camilla keeps reaching the one that had special meaning for QEII

    • MsIam says:

      Charles probably encourages her to wear them, given they were special to his mother. Another way to stick it to the dead queen, like selling off her horses.

    • BQM says:

      It’s not even like there’s a particular connection to France. Like I could see it if the Queen had worn them on her first state visit there or something . But she wore them once like in the late 90s/early 2000s.

  25. Cassie says:

    From a distance she looked quite nice I guess and she piled on the jewellery but it doesn’t hide the fact that she is a despicable woman and that’s all I got to say .

  26. christina says:

    She wore a Dior tent and sapphires.

  27. Maxine Branch says:

    This woman looks awful to me. This is far too much material for a woman to be cloked in. She looks as though she is wearing a blue blanket. The contrast is made the more obvious when you see how trim Macron’s wife looks in that picture. There is always something very interesting happening when you are trying to dress up a sloppy pig.

  28. MsIam says:

    Don’t let Kate see those anchor buttons on Bridgette’s suite or she’ll commission a coat dress covered in them. Anyway, if this is more of the Unroyals attempt to drown out Harry, then it gets a D minus from me. Better job than Baldemort but still not in the Sussexes arena. In spite of all of the big jewels.

  29. Hannah says:

    I quite liked Camilla’s blue Dior. I do think she has lost quite a bit of weight and it did swamp her a bit – but I’m also not ruling out that maybe a 76 year old grandmother doesn’t exactly want anything too *snug*

    I was more pissed off at Charles practically rushing down the stairs of the plane on their arrival leaving C (who I think has osteo problems) back and balance problems, a dress threatening to reveal the royal knickers, holding onto her hat, her bag and struggling to hold onto all of the above and the arm rail without having a bad fall

    Where’s your chivalry Charles? FFS. I may not like C, but you could’ve contained your glee and at least helped your wife down a few stairs. Prig #StillNotMyKing

  30. Tessa says:

    Charles will be incandescent when he reads about the comment fro. The 22 year old. She’s right

  31. Renae says:

    Is Charles singlehandedly trying to bring back Zoot-Suits?
    If not, his tailor needs to be sent to the Tower!

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Zoot suits- so accurate That’s what I thought too when I saw those baggy suits he’s wearing. Expect him to do the Lindy hop any minute now.

  32. blue says:

    Cam has weird, lumpy collarbones. It looks very strange, as if they’d been broken in the past & never healed properly.
    Brigitte looks more stylish than Cam, maybe because she’s more trim?

  33. Harper says:

    I love navy blue so there’s that. Will someone please call Julie Andrews STAT to Clarence House and give QRex some lessons in deportment? She is stomping around the most elegant of settings with a stink face. She shuffles around like she forgot her glasses and can’t see anything and is relying on muscle memory to get her to her next stage mark. I can’t believe CRex slapped the Queen title on her and thought whelp that’s it–I present to you YOUR QUEEN. Roll out the red carpet, peasants!

    • Princessk says:

      Camilla looks very shaky and fragile. She seems drugged up to me and could be in the early stages of something. I don’t see her fulfilling a busy engagement schedule for very long.

    • Lady Esther says:

      I watched a bit of the video of today’s walkabout with Camilla and Charles and it’s true, Camilla looked very shaky and a bit out of it, with a sort of open-mouthed rictus half-smile the entire time. She shook hands and said a few words, hugged a few kids but had to be steered everywhere and didn’t really focus on anything for very long. Hard to tell if it’s just age and/or fatigue (I’d be exhausted with their schedule!) or something else…

    • Jaded says:

      Camz suffers from severe osteoporosis and gets vertigo when she flies so she has to take meds to counteract the dizziness. She usually travels ahead of Chuck so she has a day or two to get over it, clearly she didn’t do it this time.

      • Harper says:

        Knowing that, how rude of CRex to leave her to disembark that long flight of stairs unaided. Couldn’t she have taken a private plane the day before, or gotten a whole Chunnel car to herself and had a few days to get her bearings? One of these days she is going to take a tumble and have to be put down.

  34. Eating Popcorn says:

    I love both women’s evening looks but not their daytime looks – the pink is too hot in these photos and the anchors do nothing for me. I don’t know if Camilla’s photos have been retouched but she looks as if she has had another facelift.

  35. Amy Bee says:

    Are we now in agreement that the fake story about Meghan and Dior came from Camilla or one her media friends?

    • Laura D says:

      Yip! I noticed at today’s event Camilla is wearing Chanel shoes. VERY similar in colour to those Meghan wears.

      I think Camilla and Kate take it in turns to use the Meghan ‘mood board.’ Grrrrrr

      • Amy Bee says:

        Camilla has been wearing those shoes for a long time now. She also has a Chanel bag and she’s never without her Van Clef and Arpels bracelet. The press makes no fuss about her expensive clothes and jewellery because she’s their ally.

  36. Auroreg says:

    I am french and i can say that Charles speech was very good! He is fluent.
    William can’t speak any language. How pathetic for a global stateman

    • Jaded says:

      Agree. The first thing Willnot should have done is study Welsh, he is the (unwanted) Prince of Wales after all. Lazy tosser.

  37. Digital Unicorn says:

    I liked both ladies looks – Cams doesn’t always get it right but it was def one of her better looks.

    Also what a STUNNING place for a state banquet – I’ve visited and its a beautiful palace and the gardens are amazing.

  38. Lau says:

    French charities feeding people who don’t have enough money are running out of it themselves but hey glad to hear that they ate lobster in Versailles.

  39. kelleybelle says:

    That is no queen.

  40. L4Frimaire says:

    Everything Camilla has on is so tent-like. After seeing Harry and Meghan both looking great in Dior, I guess she decides to make them her dressmaker of choice, British brands be damned. I assume that fussy pastel pink outfit was originally intended for the Spring trip because it looks jarringly out of place in late-September. Fashions aside, the trip seems to be going well for Charles, which is good for both the UK and his ego.

  41. VilleRose says:

    I hate to admit it but Camilla looks pretty great in that dress and jewelry included, despite the unflattering pictures that were chosen of her lol (I fully support this). She can also recycle the dress for Halloween and pretend she’s a bat by just putting up her arms to the side. I also don’t mind her pink arrival outfit.

    Brigitte looks very chic as well.

  42. Macky says:

    In camillas defense, in the second to last picture they all look “tipsy”. Like cheap wine. Haha.

    I think part of camillas problem is she is realizing that being queen consort isn’t saving her. All she is doing is bringing chuck down. Chuck would’ve got a better crowd if he brought kid brother Edward in the role of confidante. Imagine Edward in a feathered cap. Instant front page. Smile gif.

  43. girl_ninja says:

    I know that people like that Dior gown but I’m not one. It looked to be wearing her instead of the other way around. It could have just been the wind blowing it around but I think she looked bedraggled. The pink number she wore wasn’t any better either. Brigitte Macron looked fabulous, but she usually does.

    • Renae says:

      Perhaps Dior hired Omar the tent-maker?
      I also hope it was just the wind but aside from the billowing of YARDS of fabric, it looked good.
      Burn that darn pink thing…..and oh, like someone said earlier: get rid of those silly, stupid hats!

  44. Athena says:

    It’s a modern take on the evil stepmother wicked witch outfit. The cape is too big and maybe the skirt should have been more fitted. The outfit seems to be too much on her.

  45. Nancy says:

    Am I the only one that wonders exactly how much plastic surgery Camilla has undergone in recent months? I mean, come on! Whoever did the work is talented and did a great job helping her to look like the best version of herself. But Kaiser, please do some before/afters. She has been tranformed!

  46. Sunny O says:

    Camilla looks ominous.

  47. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    Charles has his suits made by Anderson and Sheppard (if I remember correctly). I get that they’re known for this kind of limp, floppy suiting, which is supposedly old money chic, but he’s giving Carnival Cruise complimentary bathrobe at this point.

  48. QuiteContrary says:

    I get vertigo when I fly, too, which is why my husband — who was born into the British working class, but has far better manners than Charles — stays close to me when I’m disembarking from a plane.

    (He keeps one arm around my waist or holds my hand, like a normal, loving partner. … like Harry does with Meghan, in fact.)

    Camilla deserves the shoddy treatment, I guess, but it still shocks me … She could have tumbled down the stairs of the plane if she was feeling shaky. I loathe her and hate to see her decked out in jewelry, but even I wouldn’t wish that on her.

  49. Linder says:

    She looked awesome in that dress. Very appropriate. It helps that Macron is married to that thing he calls his wife. If her face was any tighter it would split in two.

  50. Andrea says:

    When the wind took the cape and the dress as she walked, it looked as if Camilla was signaling the Dementors to ride at midnight. Just saying…

  51. Brianne says:

    Man, Cam put in the EFFORT on that Versailles look….granted I would too, standing next to French women can be ROUGH on your ego even on a good day!

  52. Well wisher says:

    This response is the best I’ve seen – I share the observation ….

    “NO she didn’t “invent” it, BUT Princess Meghan’s fondness for the cape dress has made it a royal ‘standard’

  53. Malcolm says:

    Really disappointed you didn’t use “horse tarp”, when the perfect chance was there!

  54. khaveman says:

    Super dowdy look as always, Camilla. The opposite of chic.

  55. MCG says:

    Diana wore Sapphires so much better.

  56. jferber says:

    Only one of these men know how to wear a tux and only one of these women know how to dress. I’ll let you guess, d’accord?

  57. Alexandria says:

    Navy blue is her colour but it looks like a tent. A taller woman can pull this off. I think she should have gone with a cinched kaftan cut rather than this cut. She should look at Middle Eastern or Malaysian designers. Her hair looks better than Mrs Macron. Also Chuck wtf get your pants fixed. So ugly.