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121She is one of the most photographed women in the world, but how much of a sartorial influence has the Queen had?The Queen might be visiting a hospital one day, or welcoming a world leader the next – and her clothes are her uniform.But just how much has she influenced ordinary women’s dress?“To design a dress for the Queen means you are creating something for the world’s most famous woman, who’s seen by more people on a daily basis than anyone else. She also has an image in people’s minds that you have to fulfil,” says Stewart Parvin, who’s been designing for the Queen since 2000.He has to work around the rules – the Queen always wears a two-inch heel, hemlines must be well below the knee, and she always carries a handbag.Dolce & Gabbana’s autumn/winter 2008-09 show gave a sartorial nod to the QueenWas the post-war period the Queen’s Golden Age for fashion? Norman Hartnell designed her sumptuous evening gowns, and Hardy Amies designed much of her daywearHats off – or should that be on? The Queen is known for her choice of headwear1Dowager Robinson here for a final installment of my etiquette guide. You should have bagged a prince by now and be making your booking at Westminster Abbey. While a lot of decisions will be dictated by tradition, here’s some protocol you should bear in mind for your big day. And if it inspires you, you still have time to enter Tea & Sympathy’s pinterest contest.Something OldWith the world’s biggest jewellery box at his family’s disposal, Harry will most likely adorn your finger with a priceless heirloom. As we well know, Kate was lucky enough to receive Diana’s beautiful sapphire engagement ring.Something New Your dress, of course. Do not be fooled by over-friendly princesses suggesting you borrow your mother’s frock: they are surely trying to sabotage your wedding!Equally, be wary of choosing a long-standing royal wedding designer like Norman Hartnell: you are not blue blood yet. Instead, go for something elegant contemporary: Kate looked fabulous in Sarah Burton.Another royal bride you must be sure to draw fashion inspiration from is, of course, the gorgeous Grace Kelly.Something BorrowedYou know you’re really in there when the Queen herself lends you a priceless diamond tiara. Kate wore a 1936 Cartier Tiara known as ‘The Halo’, lent to her by the Queen. Originally the Queen Mother’s, the Queen wore it on her 18th birthday, Princess Margret for the 1953 coronation, and later by Princess. Talk about fit for a queen!Something BlueFor a fashion forward bride it is perfectly acceptable to wear something blue: shoes, a bag or even hair! Needless to say, this is not the case in the royal world. Kate kept it understated by sewing a blue ribbon somewhere out of sight. We recommend a pair of sapphire panties!All that is left for me to say now is farewell my young newly weds. I’m sure you live happily ever after. And if not, I provide a fabulous course in royal divorce etiquette!Click the teapot to head to our site!Keep up-to-date with news, recipes, and offers from Tea & Sympathy!Join 2,044 other followers
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