SOCIAL SCIENCES

HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style

Celadon: Macmillan. Nov. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781250625083. $35. SOC SCI
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The British royal family and their fashions have been the focus of much interest and discussion in the media for four women in particular: Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Journalist Holmes was introduced to the House of Windsor when she covered the wedding of William and Catherine in 2011. In this book, based on her popular “Instagram Stories” series So Many Thoughts, she offers biographical sketches of these women, along with commentary on what they wore at key events. Included are photographs of the queen’s iconic gowns, riding outfits, and tiaras. The approachable style of Diana, Princess of Wales, is depicted by the colors she wore throughout the years. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate as she is widely known, started out her royal life focusing on dresses with “every-girl appeal;” her style is indicated by both her gowns and her casual wear. Holmes describes the influence of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, especially her wedding gown and outfits she wore on royal tours. The author concludes, “One thing is certain: Meghan’s mark on royal fashion is indelible.”
VERDICT Fans of the British royal family will enjoy this spirited retrospective, which should prove popular with a range of readers.

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