Everyone wore white to dinner. The tall Americans tanned and towering above their hosts, and the Brits too. It seemed that everyone had taken the white tie dress code very seriously. Did they know that white tie doesn’t mean everyone must wear white? Or in fact that ties are not an appropriate choice for a white tie event?
Yes, they did know this, but they chose to wear white anyway. But when you are royalty, or the first family of the US, you can do what you like. And so everyone wore white to dinner. One thing more than certain is that everyone was confident in their ability to not spill food on themselves. Perhaps that’s why I wasn’t invited…
For Melania Trump and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, this was the second time they had donned the neutral tone that day. But it was wasn’t just those two. Queen Elizabeth herself wore a white gown by Angela Kelly, decorated with a blue sash and a ruby necklace and tiara.
The sash was another common feature of the dinner. Worn by members of the Royal family, it signifies their place in the Royal Victorian Order. This was the first time for Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to wear the sash.
Melania’s outfit, which has been called stunning by some, was a floor-length gown paired with opera gloves. What made the outfit so distinctive was its sheer, sleeveless panel at the top of the dress. Many have complimented this, but speaking completely honestly it does look like the kind of thing you’d expect an Olympic ice skater to wear while competing. Or perhaps a leotard to accompany the iconic white tutu from the Swan Princess Ballet.
But why was everyone in white? Alright, maybe not everyone: Theresa May wore a distinctive black gown. However, everyone the photographers cared about was in white.