This year, the London Olympic Games included many firsts – one of the most creative being the Queen’s grand entrance to the opening ceremony. Escorted by no other than James Bond himself (Daniel Craig) they made the journey from Buckingham palace to Wembley Stadium in a helicopter, finally managing to find their seats by parachuting into the stadium to the roar of the crowd. In my opinion, priceless!
The crystal and lace cocktail dress worn for the occasion took several months to complete with the added stress of having to design and make two identical dresses (you didn’t really think the queen could parachute out of a helicopter do you?) The dress worn by the Queen and her stunt double were identical and a lot of time and effort went into creating them.
The dress had to stand out to the crowd of 80,000 people and it also couldn’t be colour-associated with any of the Olympic teams.
Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dress maker for 20 years said to the Telegraph, “The Queen has a fantastic understanding of clothes and fashion and is very aware of what suits her and what would be appropriate for any occasion.”
The Queen continues to look classy and stylish at the age of 86 – which leaves no excuses for anyone else.