Royal outfits ‘carefully dictated behind the scenes’, says Camilla’s ex daughter-in-law

From garden parties to carol concerts, memorials to ribbon cuttings, whenever you see the Royals in action they are always impeccably dressed.

Now Queen Camilla's former daughter-in-law, Sara Parker-Bowles, has shed light on just how the royals coordinate their outfits for such events – offering royal fans an unprecedented insight into how it all works.

Talking to The Times, the 50-year-old explained that when you see the royal family in matching colours, it is far from a coincidence.

"Everyone thinks it's chance that they all come out in the right colours, but it's very carefully dictated behind the scenes," explained Sara, who was married to Camilla's son for 13 years.

Sara, who herself is a fashion journalist turned professional declutterer and stylist, gave the insight as she talked about choosing a Coronation outfit for her daughter Lola, who sat front row.

The mother-of-two tied the knot with food writer Tom Parker-Bowles in 2005 after five years of dating and went on to welcome two children, Lola in 2007 and Frederick in 2010, before they split in 2018.

She has stayed in close contact with her former mother-in-law, and was one of those who Camilla chose to invite to the Coronation.

Giving insight into how Camilla felt on the big day, Sara said: "Camilla was really, really nervous. She wanted the people that she loved around her. [The King] wasn't nervous at all. But Camilla didn't ask for any of this."

Sara's explanation of how the royals work together to ensure their outfits co-ordinate, explains why we so often see them in matching colours.

Back in May, we saw Sophie Duchess of Edinburgh and the Princess Of Wales in blue outfits, and at a carol concert late last year we say Kate, Zara Tindall and Pippa Middleton all dressed in burgundy.

However one person who seems to have missed the colour memo is Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex told viewers of her Netflix documentary: "Most of the time that I was in the UK, I rarely wore colour.

"There was thought in that. To my understanding, you can't ever wear the same colour as Her Majesty if there's a group event, but then you also shouldn't be wearing the same colour as another, more senior royal.

"So I was like…well, what's a colour they'll probably never wear? Camel? Beige? White? So I wore a lot of muted tones but it was also so I could just blend in."

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