This is the hardest event to dress for. It's a daytime, formal, military event. She has to wear a gown that's modest and somber. For this occasion, this is a perfect dress. In fact, she might consider wearing the same gown every year since gowns for this event aren't suitable for other official formal events. QM in Denmark wears the same gown every year for one of the New Year's receptions. Takes attention away from what she's wearing.
It's a cold, January day. Leti's needs to wear a covering over the dress. What should she wear with a dark blue formal gown if not a dark cape or jacket? The other lady is wearing a white fur jacket with a pale blue gown.
Also, the super-high platform shoes are fine for this event. She wants to appear taller (for greater presence for a military event?) and the floor length gown hides the shoes. And good for her if these are old shoes. I doubt she wore them more than a dozen times before. They're like new.
What makes me shake my head is her hair. I cannot stand the severe, basic style she so often wears now.
I don't like Vik's severe updo's either. And they look worse now that she's over 40.
This is not a newly established tradition I presume?
So there must be an old sartorial protocol for the event to follow, or? BTW how had Queen Sofia managed in her time with her dresses? Thanks if somebody knows better than me
Correct, this is a well established event. Daytime formal is tricky, the protocol is a long dress. Being a military event, it also calls for something quite sombre, as opposed to Kings Day in the Netherlands that can have more of Max’s flair! Leti’s outfits have always been a bit hit and miss for this event, and I would guess the cold weather was unexpected hence the awful coat which doesn’t match.
Here is a compilation of previous yearshttp://orderofsplendor.bl...ch/label/Pascua%20Militar