carole middleton1 Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives at Westminster wearing powder blueKate Middleton’s mother, Carole, arrived at Westminster Abbey Friday (April 29) morning, wearing a sky blue wool crepe coatdress. Middleton was accompanied by her son, James.

According to Clarence House, Prince Charles’ official office:

Mrs. Carole Middleton is wearing a sky blue wool crepe coatdress with matching satin piping and passementerie at the waist and cuff over a sky blue silk shantung ‘Sydney’ day dress with short pleated sleeves and pleated pockets.  The dress and coatdress are by Catherine Walker.  Mrs. Middleton’s hat is by Berkshire-based Jane Corbett.

Smashing.

According to BBC America, designer Catherine Walker (who died in 2010) was a favored designer of William’s mother, Princess Diana. A fitting tribute.

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Also arriving, Queen Elizabeth in a primrose crepe wool dress by Angela Kelly:

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Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, in an Anna Valentine dress, and Philip Tracy hat:

arrival camilla Mother of the bride Carole Middleton arrives at Westminster wearing powder blueAnd the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrix — daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson:

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