The table is 250 meters long, the plates have been placed to the millimeter, on the menu there is blue lobster ... And Queen Camilla's dress? After a stint under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, where she appeared in a long powder pink coat from the British label Fiona Clare Aldridge, the sovereign honored French luxury. It was in Dior haute couture that the wife of King Charles III presented herself at the dinner organized at the Palace of Versailles in honor of the presence of the royal couple. A tailor-made creation imagined by the artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri. The outfit consists of a midnight blue silk crepe evening dress and a cape.
A look that demonstrates all the care given to the diplomatic wardrobe, signature of the British crown that likes to create a bridge between the countries it visits, England and the royal family. Queen Camilla sought stylistic assurance from one of the jewels of luxury in France - whose boss, Bernard Arnault, was at Versailles that evening - and will be received the next day for a tête-à-tête with Charles III. A name that also sounds like a tribute to Elizabeth II, dressed by the couturier Christian Dior in 1947 during his first state trip in France.
Queen Camilla, King Charles III, Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron. (Versailles, September 20, 2023.) Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Of course, the opening photo shoot with the Macron couple also has its say: it's the shot that sets the tone of the evening for most of the uninvited guests. That's why outfits matter. They tell the connection, which is intended here of a dazzling symbiosis, both by the choice of tuxedos (required, obviously) and by the midnight blue dresses that Queen Camilla and First Lady Brigitte Macron have chosen to wear. One in Christian Dior, the other in Louis Vuitton, two flagship brands of the LVMH group, giant of French luxury that mark elegance in the colors of the French flag.