Queen Elizabeth II vs. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge: Royal Fashion Face-Off!
All hail McQueen! During a cruise down the river Thames, Queen Elizabeth's Angela Kelly boucle dress and coat (designed by in-house couturier Angela Kelly) glittered with Swarovski crystals, but it paled in comparison to Catherine's fiery Alexander McQueen frock and Lock and Company fascinator.
While Catherine was the picture of understated glamour in a nude lace frock by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen during a special service at St. Paul's Cathedral, Queen Elizabeth adorned her metallic Angela Kelly jacket with one of her most impressive accessories — the Cullinan III and IV diamond brooch with a combined weight of more than 157 carats.
Clad in a floral-print dress and royal blue coat by designer Stewart Parvin (who has designed for Her Majesty since 2000) and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, the Queen kicked off her Diamond Jubilee with a trip to the Epsom Derby. Last month, Catherine wore a teal blue button-up frock from British label Libelula when she cheered her husband on at a charity polo match.
The Queen choose to forgo her customary headgear — she's rarely seen sans hat or tiara — at the Celebration of the Arts event at the Royal Academy of Arts. A few days later, Catherine also went topper-less at the BOA Olympic Concert, but still turned heads in a dramatic gown by American designer Jenny Packham.