The Queen looked wonderful in a white coat and hat made by Angela Kelly and her team at Buckingham Palace. The outfit, studded with Swarovski crystals, was a year in the making.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton stepped on to the Spirit of Chartwell wearing a vibrant scarlet Alexander McQueen dress and a flamboyant red hat by Sylvia Fletcher from royal milliner James Lock & Co. Fletcher designed the Duchess’s distinctive red maple leaf hat worn on her tour of Canada last summer. On her lapel, Kate wore a maritime-themed brooch featuring two silver dolphins, which was a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service of which William is Commodore in Chief. She also carried a scarf made of Strathearn tartan – a nod to her Scottish title the Countess of Strathearn.
The Duke of Cambridge wore his Flight Lieutenant No 1 Dress Uniform complete with blue garter sash, while his brother Prince Harry, a Captain in the British Army, was wearing the No 1 Ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals and Army Air Corps light blue beret.
The Middleton family dressed in their finest today as they boarded the Elizabethan paddle to join the 1,000 strong Royal Jubilee flotilla on the river Thames today. For this auspicious occasion, Pippa chose a chic navy skirt and matching jacket with cream trim bearing neat covered buttons down the front by Irish designer Orla Kiely, a label sister Kate has worn many times in the past. Her mother Carole looked as neat and sophisticated as ever in a cream dress and jacket. The two, flanked by Mr Middleton on their left, and brother James on their right, waved as their vessel – a recreation of a 19th-century stern-wheeled paddle steamer – wended its way down the river.