King Charles and Queen Camilla hosted a reception at Windsor Castle

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

On July 18, 2023, King Charles and Queen Camilla hosted a reception at Windsor Castle, to celebrate the work of William Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the first Shakespeare Folio. The Duchess of Edinburgh and The Duchess of Gloucester were present at the reception. The First Folio is the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published in 1623, seven years after his death.

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore a new printed midi dress by Etro. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a printed jacket and black trousers

The Duchess of Edinburgh wore ETRO Printed Midi Dress
ETRO Printed Midi Dress

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  1. Anonymous18/7/23 22:17

    Sophie looks stunning in her outfit. Her hair looks soft and elegant. Just fabulous head to toe.

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    1. Anonymous18/7/23 23:01

      Yes I agree…the dress is beautiful and it fits her so well. (V.M.)

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  2. Sophie looks very pretty in this dress. The Duchess of Gloucester equally looks lovely, her ensemble is fabulous, love the addition of her beautiful pearl necklace.

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  3. Anonymous18/7/23 22:41

    Why, oh why is the skirt down to her ankles again? Is she hiding her legs? She made an obvious decision to lengthen the skirt compared to the model’s. Is it cold in the palace? She must like that way.

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    1. Or is she six inches shorter then the model?

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    2. Anonymous19/7/23 01:02

      I agree with you about the length of Sophie's dress. It must be frustrating when a brand sees her wearing their clothes, wishing she had left the skirt alone. From all the photos and video I have seen, she has lovely legs. The Queen showed more leg than she does! I find myself distracted by the awkward length of her skirts and dresses. I would love to know why she prefers this longer length.

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    3. Anonymous19/7/23 09:56

      If you compare the patterns of both dresses then you see it‘s the same length!

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    4. I agree. Duchess of Edinburgh and PoW are overdoing the maxi dress

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    5. Dresses, skirt lengths ……. well I came to the conclusion years ago that women in the U.K. like the (longer) length for skirts and dresses.
      I see it as part of British fashion.
      When I’ve been in European countries (not U.K.) and seen a woman wearing, for daywear, a longish skirt or dress, I’ve instantly concluded that she is from the U.K. and usually I haven’t been wrong.
      If I had to find a reason for this, I’d say it’s because of their climate. I lived for several years in a northern European country and I must say, a nice long coat or dress makes all the difference to your body warmth.
      O.K. you’re going to say “yes but it’s summer”
      But they keep their love for this fashion and use lighter fabrics. That’s my two pennies worth on the subject.

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    6. Anonymous20/7/23 10:47

      Dresses comes in regular, petite and tall; she chose the taller version for her regular frame. ūü§∑‍♂️

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  4. Anonymous18/7/23 22:46

    Duchess Sophie's dress is very beautiful. Why does she never adapt her dresses to her height ? If you look at the model the length is correct. On her the length is not adapted to the length of her body. Duchess of Gloucester's outfit is also very lovely. It makes me think a bit at an Asian outfit. I like her hairstyle. She has beautiful grey hair.
    If this is the original publication of William Shakespeare's plays, it is not recommended to let it on a table were everybody can touch it. Such an old publication of 1623 should be kept in a box of plexi glass and at a certain t° in a museum. Otherwise in due time the paper will fall into pieces. Rose

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  5. Anonymous19/7/23 00:24

    It seems like the Duke of Edinburgh would be at this event, with his Shakespeare association.
    Mrs C

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  6. Anonymous19/7/23 01:40

    J'ai parfois l'impression que les couturiers offrent des v√™tements √† Sophie pour se faire de la publicit√© gratuite vu qu'elle n'a pas le m√™me budget que la Princesse de Galles. Si c'est le cas, elle porte sans doute les v√™tements sans alt√©ration ce qui explique la longeur des robes, le revers des manches retrouss√©, etc... Je suis d'accord que la robe est trop longue, √† mon avis, une coupe sous le genou aurait √©t√© pr√©f√©rable. J'esp√®re que cette mode aux chevilles est sur le point de dispara√ģtre. Ceci √©tant dit, Sophie est tr√®s √©l√©gante et la couleur bleue va tr√®s bien √† son teint.
    Jacqueline

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    1. Anonymous19/7/23 10:21

      I have often thought the same thing. It seems a logical explanation of the lack of alterations.
      Ladyofthemanor

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    2. I think you might be correct that the couturiers offer Sophie their dresses but wouldn’t it make sense that they would offer to tailor them to her figure to show the pieces to their best advantage? I agree with the majority of posters here that Sophie wears her dresses and skirts too long in most cases but I actually like this dress at the length she is wearing it. It clearly wasn’t intended by the designer to be a maxi-dress but I really like it this way. It’s beautiful.

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  7. Anonymous19/7/23 02:54

    How wonderful QC and the 2 Duchesses look! Camilla's blue dress has pretty ruffles at the elbow--and seems to have perhaps some iridescence. I can't see enough of the dress in the pictures posted to decide about the ruffles down the bodice. The Duchess of Gloucester outfit is lovely--her coat/jacket is so chic. Sophie's dress is gorgeous--except for the length. Its meant to be a midi dress, not a maxi dress. I so wish she would have skirts altered when necessary. That pet peeve aside, I love the dress and she looks fabulous! How nice to see classically trained stage actors like Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Helena Bonham Carter, and David Oyelowo at the reception. I am sure others were present but I cannot identify them.

    Janet

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  8. Anonymous19/7/23 09:17

    That's the Duchess of Edinburgh, not Gloucester!!

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    1. Anonymous19/7/23 10:23

      What do you mean? They are both present. RH

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    2. Anonymous19/7/23 11:25

      In the final photo, you'll see the Duchess of Edinburgh on the left, the Duchess of Gloucester on the right.

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  9. Anonymous19/7/23 10:10

    The Duchess of Edinburgh looks fabulous, even with this skirt length, this is a beautiful dress for her. I am not convinced that the midi on the model is much better than her ankle length. The midi length on the model shows the very thinnest part of the legs, so they look like ... well, like thin pins out of proportion (as if they go on like that thin all the way up :-). This is why I really, really hate midi length (on anybody), and would prefer a length just under the knees. The Duchess of Gloucester looks very nice too, pearls are really a great enhancer.
    GM

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  10. Même si elles sont toutes les deux élégantes, la duchesse de Gloucester a ma préférence. Superbe son collier à grosses perles ; on dirait presque que celles qui bordent les revers de sa longue tunique y ressemblent beaucoup ; j'aime bien certains de ses motifs dans un style japonisant ; j'ai essayé d'agrandir la dernière photo afin de mieux voir les boucles d'oreilles mais en vain !

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  11. Oh, I love the DoG's look! Fabulous! The DoE really wears her dresses a bit too long recently. Pity. And the blue dress of HM QC could do without the frills at the front.

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  12. Anonymous19/7/23 15:23

    As was there was a Wallis Blue (the Duchess of Windsor) there should be a Camilla blue her go to color!

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  13. Anonymous19/7/23 23:58

    Queen Camilla’s dress is a beautiful shade of blue but otherwise unexceptional. The Duchess of. Edinburgh’s dress is lovely. But too long ( I suspect she is inches shorter than the model and. Shortening the might make the pattern look odd The Duchess of Gloucester is smart but the blouse/jacket with trousers seems somewhat casual for the event.
    AnnieM

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  14. Anonymous20/7/23 17:09

    I don‘t think the British royals are allowed to accept garments from couturiers, as opposed to the princely family of Monaco with their Chanel creations. Does anybody know more?
    ūüĆě Virginia

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  15. Anonymous20/7/23 17:36

    Both the Duchess of Edinburgh, and Duchess Gloucester look especially lovely in their respective outfits. Camilla seems to have over done it with frills on the top part of her dress, even though its in the same style of most of her garments these days, the frills look odd sort of perched on top. Edwina

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  16. Anonymous21/7/23 21:30

    Nice color and dresses for the RL. css

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