Duchess of Gloucester is a lady in red…

….and a very visible one, at that.

February 7, 2019: The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Waitangi Day celebrations in London.

The Duchess of Gloucester quietly works her way through events under every radar there is, but I think this red ensemble deserves a shout out. For one thing, it’s got the visibility requirement nailed down. You can tell there is a royal in the house, but she isn’t in the least glitzy, just a lovely focal point.

It’s also a quite modern without overreaching for youthful. I know the combination of a bold color with dark boots is standard for many women in the winter, but I always like to see it on the mature royal set. It lends a certain jaunty air. As The Handbag herself, I would like to see an actual handle bag rather than the usual clutch, but that’s merely to add zhuzz points, not a necessity.

Waitangi Day is considered New Zealand’s National Day, but the celebrations have not been without controversy. You can read more about Waitangi Day here:


Harry Fights the Good Fight…

…..and almost wins.

His wife gets all the sartorial headlines, so let’s be contrarians and turn our gaze to her husband.

Serious take: He has a good rapport with the people at events, doesn’t he? Pro that he is, he also knows a good photo op – cheeky Harry in boxing mode is positive press.

Sartorial take: For a redhead, he looks good in grey, and it makes a nice change up from his usual shades of blue. The overcoat can stay, but he may want to think about going for a different, more substantial trouser. I draw the line at the shoes-that-show-up everywhere. My verdict is that the overall effect is a nice change, but I am almost at the point of begging the Prince to find something else to clad his feet.


Camilla Loves Her Cape…

….and she wears it all the time!

Serious take: The Duchess of Cornwall supports the use of community spaces, important in a world where isolation is becoming more of an issue every day, particularly in some age groups, and consistently among men.

Sartorial take: Camilla can’t get enough of her new cape, it seems. I hope it’s practical for getting in and out of cars and such. I personally am just happy that it lines up with waistband of her ensemble. I feel it’s all I can ask of something she holds so dear. In other news: pleats are back. The boots are great.