The supermodel-turned-actress (26) arrived with a gang of high society friends, in an Emporio Armani suit and tails, a top hat and made chewing on a toothpick seem not only acceptable, but enviously cool again. Her choice of ensemble was viewed by conservative royal watchers as a breach of protocol (guests are usually expected to wear modest length skirts or dresses and a fascinator), while others saw it as a breath of fresh air.
And it turns out bride Princess Eugenie was the latter. Cara said she texted her long-time friend to get her blessing on the outfit so as to not upset her in any way and the newlywed gave the idea two thumbs up.
“Eugenie has been a friend of mine since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted to wear tails,” she told Grazia magazine. “I texted her, as I wasn’t sure about it, and she was like, ‘Of course, I expected nothing else from you!’ “
“I found it interesting how many people came up to me and said, ‘You’re so brave to wear that!’ I was like, really? I feel way more comfortable like this.”
Her sister Poppy opted for something more traditional, yet equally daring, a floaty lace Oscar de la Renta midi dress and feathered Victoria Grant fascinator, the catch being that her choice of dress was completely sheer.
Tuxedos are still seen as too liberal for royals' wardrobes, something Meghan Markle has apparently learned the hard way. Earlier this year, it was reported the Duchess of Sussex was "frustrated with some of the monarchy’s archaic traditions", which encourages traditional dresses for women and simple suits for men.