Cathy Cambridge in Alexander McQueen at the Boaty McBoatface Naming Ceremony

Posted on September 26, 2019

While Meghan takes a break from her royal duties today, Cathy stepped up for the christening of Boaty McBoatface, which is now named after Sir David Attenborough and we suppose that’s all fine and well, but Boaty ruled.

Anyway, she recycled an old fave for the occasion:



Both Cathy and Megs seem determined to make their fashion as un-notable as possible lately and while we can understand the need to protect the royal reputation from coming off too ostentatious at a time of political turmoil in the country, we also have to scratch our heads and wonder how effective such a tactic will be in the long run. The Duchesses and all their charitable work are covered mostly by the fashion press, after all. If you give them nothing to talk about, are they still going to keep covering you at the same pitch and intensity? The role of the Duchesses (and most of the rest of the working royal family), while very different in expectations and occasionally different in practice, is to essentially secure the position of the monarchy by doing good public work that makes for good public relations. And while plenty of royal folks manage to do their duties without making the fashion pages (Princess Anne), we tend to think the Duchesses Cambridge and Sussex, by dint of their spouses’ positions and their somewhat glamorous entries into the family have, if not a duty then a strong suggestion to keep fashion as a tool in their PR arsenal. Break out something new or stylish every now and then, ladies.

This is fine, though. This would absolutely not be the time to unveil some new look. If anything, this sort of event is tailor-made for a bit of a style recycle.



Style Credits:
Alexander McQueen Blue Belted Dress
Asprey London Pochette
Mappin & Webb ‘Empress’ Drop Earrings
Emmy London ‘Josie’ Pumps in Midnight Suede

[Photo Credit: Peter Byrne/Pa Images/, Asadour Guzelian/Daily Telegraph/Pa Images/]

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