Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall touched down in Australia yesterday in Longreach, Queensland for the start of the whirlwind six day, five state Australian leg of their Diamond Jubilee tour.
Of course, all eyes will be on which outfit Camilla wears later today at the Melbourne Cup (UPDATE: an embroidered buttermilk and white coat and dress by British designer Bruce Oldfield, with a hat by Irish milliner Philip Treacy according to Clarence House). But for her first sortie down under, interesting to see that she chose a pretty pansy print tea dress from one of her favourite British designers, Anna Valentine, that was recycled from her own wardrobe.
And while the white parasol would certainly have come in very handy for the 40 degree Longreach heat yesterday, it's not the first time the accessory has been carried by the Duchess - and in fact in climes far less harsh than Australia's.
Here is Camilla in exactly the same outfit at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London in July 2011:
|camilla at the hampton court flower show, july 2011 via wales online|
Anna Valentine is a noted British designer who has designed many outfits for the Duchess, including the gown for her 2005 wedding to Prince Charles.
But it's hard for any designer who has ventured down the pansy print tea dress route in recent years to avoid comparisons with a far less well-credentialed designer: celebrity model Kate Moss.
A pansy print tea dress with a V-neck was the best-known - and most-copied - piece from Moss' first collection for British high street juggernaut Topshop in 2007, with hundreds reportedly flying off the shelves within hours of the collection being unveiled. It was inspired by a favourite vintage dress from her wardrobe.
|celebs planet via topshop|