QUEEN ELIZABETH II welcomed US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump this month at Buckingham Palace – and her style choices sent very deliberate messages, according to a royal fashion expert.
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Queen Elizabeth II hosted US President Donald Trump on a historic three-day state visit to the UK earlier this month. The highlight for many royal watchers was the sumptuous state banquet, held at Buckingham Palace, which saw an array of Royal Family members and British dignitaries welcome the US contingent in glamorous style. “Pod Save the Queen” is hosted by Ann Gripper, and regularly features the Daily Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers.
In this week’s latest episode, Daily Mirror Style Director Amber Graafland heard from author Sali Hughes, whose book “Our Rainbow Queen” chronicles the amazing array of fashion choices the Queen has made over her 67-year reign so far.
The pair spoke about the recent state visit and how the Queen, alongside Camilla, Kate and Princess Anne, notably chose to wear white to receive their guests at the Buckingham Palace state banquet.
Ms Graafland asked: “Is it just to remain completely neutral?
“The statement is, this isn’t about us, we are your hosts. Almost like a blank canvas?”
Queen Elizabeth II and Donald Trump at the state banquet earlier this month (Image: Getty)
The QUeen, Prince Chalres and Camilla with Donald and Melnia Trump (Image: Getty)
Ms Hughes replied: “There is that, for sure, you’re absolutely right, they are trying to remain neutral.
“That would have been a very conscious decision.
“But also, at state banquets she will wear a sash and medals.
“A pale colour allows those to stand out.
“But absolutely, your suspicion is correct, every effort is made not to play favourites, to not be political.
“You wouldn’t see the Queen in red, white and blue, for example – not for America and not for Britain.
“At a Commonwealth event, she would typically avoid all the colours of Commonwealth and wear, for example, pink.”
Earlier this month, Ms Graafland spoke about President Trump’s state banquet attire and revealed that he broke some British sartorial rules.
Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cambridge also wore white for the banquet (Image: Getty)
Camilla followed the Queen’s lead on furhter engagaements during the state visit (Image: Getty)
Many royal watchers had noted that the President’s dinner jacket was different to the rest of the male dignitaries at the banquet, showing a lot of white waistcoat.
Ms Graafland said: “It is a design choice and I’ve seen him do it before.
“It’s quite an American dinner jacket.
“It looks odd because it’s just not correct in terms of the way we would dress here.”
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump was widely praised fro her style choices on the historic state visit.
Melania wore a striking white and navy ensemble when she disembarked from the helicopter to be greeted by the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla.
Ms Graafland said: “Actually navy and white was a firm favourite of Princess Diana.
“The hat and the outfit were very, very similar to things she wore in the past, so maybe that was a subtle nod.”
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Ms Graafland also spoke about how the First Lady also notably wore outfits with hidden messages in the print when she set off for the historic trip, and compared the move to sense of style of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
She said: “I think what we see now increasingly with the royals, and it’s a trick she’s picked up, is that obviously Kate Middleton for a long time used her dress sense to communicate messages.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK