Kate Middleton causes a splash in scarlet frock with tartan touch

While the Queen dazzled in a white Swarovski crystal emblazoned outfit, the Duchess of Cambridge shone in a vibrant red dress and hat, as she joined fellow members of the Royal Family for the spectacular Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, yesterday afternoon.

Not even the cold, wet British weather could dampen the spirits of the thousands of onlookers who lined the riverside to watch 1000 boats sail in honour of the Queen, and Kate, or Catherine as she is officially known, appeared to be relishing every moment of the special occasion, as she laughed and joked with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, and brother-in-law, Prince Harry, who looked dashing in their military uniforms.

Kate’s outfits are always a talking point and she once again lived up to her title of style queen as she chatted to excited fans and waved at the crowds, dressed in a long-sleeved, scarlet Alexander McQueen gown.

It’s unsurprising she chose a McQueen creation for the magnificent occasion, as the label didn’t let her down when designer Sarah Burton created her now iconic wedding dress.

The frock is ‘bang-on-trend’ as they say in the fashion world, and variations of the design have been sported by X Factor judge Tulisa and Kim Kardashian! Kate’s take on the dress was a little more demure…

The Duchess teamed the dress with an eye-catching red hat by Sylvia Fletcher from royal milliner James Lock & Co and delighted eagle-eyed Scottish onlookers, by carrying a scarf made of Strathearn tartan. Her Scottish title is of course the Countess of Strathearn.

Breaking up the red, she added a maritime-themed brooch, with two silver dolphins - a gift from the Royal Navy Submarine Service of which William is Commodore in Chief.

Kate opted for her ever-trusty nude LK Bennett heels to complete the look and she certainly seemed to win the royal seal of approval from husband William, who proudly put his arm around her back as they watched the magnificent occasion unfold.

The only thing that was missing from the look was a coat, as the poor Duchess appeared to be freezing, at one point joking with Wills and Harry that her hands were shaking as she waved.

While most would deem the Duchess’ choice of striking outfit a success, there are others who have criticised the choice for overshadowing the Queen.

Amanda Platell, from the Daily Mail, wrote: “the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a scarlet dress so bold and bright it just screamed: ‘Look at me!’”

The journalist also dubbed the outfit “as striking as it was inappropriate.”

You can’t win them all Kate but we think the red perfectly matched the uplifting spirit of the occassion and standing next to the Queen in white and the Duke of Cambridge in blue, surely there wasn’t a more appropriate choice for the day.

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