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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

How the royals do gala style now – from Sophie Wessex to Queen Letizia

Party season is officially underway and the world’s royals have wasted no time in showing us what black tie dressing looks like in 2021. On Wednesday evening Queen Letizia of Spain attended a State dinner in Stockholm. Meanwhile in London, the Duchess of Cornwall and Countess of Wessex were at the Rifles Awards.

It was the Duchess of Cambridge who really got the ball rolling last week though, when she arrived for the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, dripping in emerald green Jenny Packham sequins – a re-wear, naturally, for bonus sustainability points. That appearance was swiftly followed by the Monegasque royals, who were out in Chanel-clad force for Monaco’s National Day.

These queens, princesses and duchesses, who attend countless formal events in any given year, have an innate understanding of what is required when dressing for a black tie affair – and as most of us haven’t had a chance to don our finery in at least two years, we could use their help more than ever.

Here are the tips to try, if you’re off to a formal event this festive season… 

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