How Princess Alessandra of Hanover copies Kate Middleton’s style
A much lesser-known but equally beautiful princess imitated Kate Middleton’s style with amazing results.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has very little tangible power, unlike in centuries past where a cranky HRH could send a misbehaving courtier to the Tower for a spell or one could wave his gentle hand and take ownership of the Dolphins in an entire nation. (That was the time, wasn’t it?)
She doesn’t, and never will, grumbly mumble “with their heads” and that is exactly what happens when her afternoon’s ration of low-carb trail mix is served on the table. bad porcelain.
But a front where each of his words and his movements has a significant ripple effect in terms of fashion.
The so-called Kate Effect is worth some serious money. In 2012, the year after she married her husband Prince William, she was estimated to be worth $ 1.8 billion to the UK fashion industry.
While she doesn’t really rock the hearts of high-end fashionistas with her stubborn dedication to predictable floral dresses and conservative blazer / pants combinations (which are far too old for a woman still in her 30s), the woman can moving (literally) mountains of product.
While it is her sister-in-law Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex who has the innate style of us, Kate has developed a very clear and defined look with pretty dresses, a clean cut and some girlish femininity.
This is what makes Princess Alessandra of Hanover’s wardrobe so striking, consisting of pretty dresses, clean cuts and a certain feminine femininity.
Now before you go check out your copy of Burke’s Royal families of the world (from the same people who brought you the indispensable Burke’s Peerage), let me explain. Alessandra, 33, is a former model who married Prince Christian of Hanover in a small civil ceremony at the end of 2017. (This is Prince Harry of the German noble house of Hanover, FYI, who is the ancestor of the present house of Windsor.)
In March 2018, Alessandra and Christian got married again at the Basilica of San Pedro in Lima, launching the ‘Company Event of the Year’, with Kate Moss, her boyfriend Count Nikolai von Bismark and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie flying away for the ultra-glam evening. .
Prince Christian is the youngest son of Prince Ernst August of Hanover who married Princess Caroline of Monaco in 1999. Ernst August has found himself in hot water several times over the years. in Austria suspended for injuring a drunken policeman and threatening another with a baseball bat.
(He is currently suing his eldest son, also confusedly referred to as Prince Ernst August, after the 38-year-old Marienburg Castle sold the Marienburg Castle to the German state, which his father had given him there. is 20 years old, after facing a $ 43 million renovation bill for the dilapidated property.)
Either way, family feuds aside, while Alessandra could have a pretty impressive title, it doesn’t come with the workload or responsibilities her British counterpart has been lumped into. Yet when she’s stepped out for public events, these are outfits that appear to have been sucked straight from Kate’s secret Pinterest boards.
Take the month of March 2018, when Alessandra and Christian got married in a hubbub at a religious ceremony in her native Peru in a dress that strikingly resembled Kate’s Alexander McQueen tailoring. The new princess’s choice of a high-necked lace overlay over a sweetheart bodice, full skirt, tiara and cathedral-length train showed a notable degree of similarity to the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress. (That said, both dresses owe a huge debt to the truly iconic number Grace Kelly wore when she married Prince Rainier in 1956.)
In October 2018, Christian and Alessandra were part of the Euroroyal contingent for Eugenie’s wedding to tequila ambassador Jack Brooksbank. (Quids about Jack’s arrival in the royal fold really brightened up those long days at Sandringham.)
For this outing, she chose a green midi-length dress with a floral applique and a fascinator. Now, if there is one color that Kate has slowly co-opted and made out of her, it’s green in a variety of shades.
The high collar, fluted sleeves and clutch looked straight out of Kate’s playbook.
Then there’s the dress Alessandra chose for a 2019 reception in Madrid, gifted by Peruvian President Martin Alberto Vizcarra in honor of King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain at El Pardo Palace.
She, once again, paired a particularly feminine green and purple patterned dress with a coordinating clutch and pumps, which is the territory of the Kate manual. (For added stitches, mid-shin length is also a classic Kate move.)
2019 was also the wedding in Paris of Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon and Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, for which Alessandra remained faithful to her sartorial weapons, opting for a blue on white dress below the knee. Was she wearing a fascinator, matching pumps and a clutch? You bet your crown it was.
(Fun fact: This marriage united the Imperial House of France with the House of Habsburg for the second time, with the incredibly photogenic couple walking in the footsteps of their ancestors Napoleon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France and his wife, Archduchess Mary -Louise of Austria who married in 1810.)
So it is interesting that Kate did not wear once but twice a blue on white LK Bennett dress (in 2014 and 2016) with a very comparable floral pattern.
This week, Alessandra, who welcomed twins with Christian last year, shared a sponsored post on her Instagram for ultra-high-end jewelry brand Chaumet, wearing a chic white blazer.
Interesting thing though: chic blazers, including in red, white, blue, green, and gray, have become a staple of Kate’s work wardrobe. (Just last week, she returned to work after her mysterious and still unexplained 66-day absence wearing a beige double-breasted Reiss number.)
Now, I’m not suggesting that Alessandra surreptitiously stalk the myriad of Kate-style looks and emulate her. On the contrary, Kate has had a full ten years to really define a signature look and following her lead is a smart move.
The 39-year-old mother-of-three has spent the last decade polishing and polishing her wardrobe basics to ensure she crosses the fine line between bland repetition and adventure and creativity. entertaining. Her work requires her to be elegant enough to appease the masses, but not so much that it detracts from her good works or gives the impression that she is a spending clothes rack.
On the contrary, Kate and Alessandra are clearly very stylish women who are both about a sartorial good thing, albeit very complementary.
Next week Kate will join Prince William and the in-laws (Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall for the premiere of the new Bond movie, No time to die), the first time we’ve seen her donned in evening dress since December 2019.
To bring. This. At.
As an elder Vogue icon Andre Leon Talley so infamous once opined, “It’s a starvation of beauty!” My eyes are hungry for beauty!
Whatever Kate’s outfit, will we see Alessandra wearing ID outfit anytime soon? She will if she is smart.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of major Australian media titles.