Kate Middleton Duchess Camilla Queen

March 1, 2012 by staff 

Kate Middleton Duchess Camilla Queen, It was a queen and two duchesses that London tea sippers saw today: Queen Elizabeth II stepped out for an unprecedented joint appearance with her daughter-in-law, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and her granddaughter-in-law, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, for tea at the landmark department store Fortnum & Mason.

The occasion, which received huge coverage in the London media, was one of the first events marking the queen’s Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne) this year. Also, it was the first time for the new royal star, the former Kate Middleton, to join the queen for an engagement without Prince William, who is serving a six-week tour of duty in the Falkland Islands as a helicopter pilot.

The three women presented a contrast in apparel: The queen was dressed in her usual pastel-colored hat and two-piece coatdress with military-style rows of gold buttons down the front, and a couple of yellow daffodils pinned to her shoulder (for St. David’s Day, patron saint of Wales). Kate was in a tweedy coatdress in a denim color by Missoni (according to the Daily Mail), with pale blue suede pumps, and also had daffodils pinned to her shoulder. Camilla, the second wife of Prince Charles and stepmother to Prince William, was in a dark blue/black coatdress with broad white stripes across the chest and shoulders.

The British usually take tea in the afternoon, but this was a morning engagement. In any case, there a few places better for tea than Fortnum & Mason, where the newly renovated restaurant has been renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Station. The London mayor, the eccentric Boris Johnson, arrived to meet them on his bicycle.

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