Princess Beatrice and Sophie Winkleman appeared to suffer a fashion faux pas yesterday when they attended the thanksgiving service for the Queen in the same dress.
Sophie, 41, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor, 43, the only son of the Queen’s cousin Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, donned a beautiful pink dress by Beulah with pearl buttons and a matching hat adorned with flowers as she walked to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Meanwhile the Duke of York’s daughter, 33, looked elegant as she arrived at the service in the exact same dress – but in chambre blue.
The dresses, which cost £775 from Beulah London, feature a smart belt detail and puff sleeves.
Run by family friend Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, the daughter of the Marquess of Reading, and Lavinia Brennan, the ethical fashion label aims to support the victims of sex trafficking in India.
Princess Beatrice (left) and Sophie Winkleman (right) both attended yesterday’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s cathedral in the same Beulah dress
The dress is described online as being ‘crafted in a delicate blue, with a longer sleeve length appropriate for colder months.’
The description continues: ‘This dress is an elegant choice for any season. It is crafted from wool crepe and shaped to a fit and flare silhouette with a short stand neckline and sweeping skirt that’s belted at the waist for a figure-defining fit. Note the charming button-front offering a classic look.’
Sophie, – who famously starred as Big Suze in Peep Show before marrying into the royal family in 2009, looked in her element as she made her way to St Paul’s next to her husband, 43, who was wearing a morning coat.
Extended members of the royal family have come on masse to the service of Thanksgiving yesterday to show their support.
Sophie looked poised in her bright pink outfit as she arrived for the St Paul’s service at the arm of her husband Lord Frederick earlier
Sophie Winkleman, 41, and Lord Frederick Windsor, 43 were among the royal who came out in support of the Queen at St Paul’s thanksgiving service
Sophie, who also starred in Two and a Half Men, lives in London, and has two children with Frederick, Maud, eight, and Isabella, five.
Maud, attends Thomas’s Battersea, the same school that her distant cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended.
Since the couple tied the knot in 2009, mother-of-two Sophie says everyone has ‘looked after’ her, in particular the Queen and Prince Charles, who have been ‘wonderful’, and Prince William, whom she described as ‘heaven’.
Speaking to The Times, in 2020 she said: ‘I’ve been incredibly welcomed with open arms by all of them… They’d never tell me off at all if I wanted to play some [racy] role.’
A friendly reunion! The two royals seemed amused at how similar their outfits looked, down to the shoes and their leather bags
THE BRAND BEHIND SOPHIE AND BEATRICE’S ETHICAL FASHION CHOICE – AND ITS VERY REGAL LINKS
Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan are the two women behind luxury London brand Beulah. Through their ethical fashion label, the duo are offering a new way of life for the victims of sex trafficking in India
Lady Natasha is the daughter of the Marquess of Reading and her circle of aristocratic friends have previously been linked to Prince Harry and Kate’s husband Prince William.
Natasha also has links to Kate herself having married Rupert Finch back in 2013. Finch has previously dated the Duchess of Cambridge during her time at St Andrews before she and William met.
Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs and Lavinia Brennan (pictured together in 2016, left) are the two women behind the luxury brand. Lady Natasha is married to Rufus Finch (pictured arriving at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, right )who previously dated Kate Middleton during their time at St Andrews
Back in 2010 she and Lavinia travelled to India where they spent several months working in the slums of Delhi and were so moved by the plight of the people they met – particularly the young women they encountered who had been rescued from the sex trade – that they decided to establish an ethical fashion label called Beulah.
Many of the women Natasha and Lavinia are anxious to help have been trafficked from poor rural areas in India and Bangladesh to work in the sex industry in Indian cities such as Kolkata and Delhi.
The label has previously proven a hit with not only Kate but her sister Pippa, Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. In fact Lady Natasha and her husband were guests at Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wedding.
Sophie is half-sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, with whom she shares father Barry Winkleman, and was educated at the private City of London School for Girls before completing an English degree at the University of Cambridge.
She explained she and the Strictly presenter had ‘very separate lives’ as children because Claudia, who is nine years her senior, lived with her mother.
Sophie’s bright pink dress was eye-catching in all the right way and the look was just sophisticated enough, with pearls on the wrists and chest.
Her glossy locks were cascading down her shoulders in a sleek blowdry, and she was sporting a glowy makeup, with just a dash of mascara.
The Duke of York’s daughter looked elegant as she arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral alongside Edo, 38, to attend a Thanksgiving Service in honour of the Queen
Beatrice (right) attended the service with her younger sister Princess Eugenie (left) and their husbands. Eugenie looked stunning in a £1,503 orange dress from Emilia Wickstead
Beatrice completed her look with a Juliette Botterill hat (£550). She sported a glamourous daytime makeup, with a dash of mascara and bronzer
Sophie, who is the half sister of TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, paired the look with a white leather clutch bag and cream swede heels. Lord Frederick looked dapped in a grey suit for the occasion.
Her choice of dress proved popular, as Princess Beatrice was wearing the exact same number in blue.
Princess Beatrice was accompanied by her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, and her younger sister Princess Eugenie, 31, as well as her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Beatrice also opted for a £550 complementary hat from Juliette Botterill to complete her outfit.
Posting two photos of his wife online, Edo wrote: ‘My wonderful sister-in-law and phenomenal wife looking so stunning.’
Eugenie’s brown locks were styled neatly in a ponytail under a discreet black hat from Juliette Botterill. Meanwhile, Beatrice’s strawberry blonde mane was styled in a similar do, under a fascinator that completely matched her dress
The two sisters joined Prince Charles, 73, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children for the event. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also made a noted appearance.
Beatrice likewise opted for a pale swede heels, however was bolder in her choice of bag – choosing a pale blue box bag embellished with the phrase ‘Wifey for Lifey’.
Beatrice and her sister Eugenie looked the pictured of unit with their husbands as they attended the service.
Eugenie’s brown locks were styled neatly in a ponytail under a discreet black hat from Juliette Botterill.
Meanwhile, Beatrice’s strawberry blonde mane was styled in a similar do, under a fascinator that completely matched her dress.
Both sisters sported a glamourous daytime makeup, with a dash of mascara and bronzer to compliment their healthy glow.
The two sisters and their husbands were seen smiling and waving at fans as they made their way inside the Cathedral for the service.
It comes after royal authors said Princess Beatrice is stepping into the limelight to ‘help her grandmother the Queen’ following Prince Andrew’s downfall and is ‘much more confident’ after becoming a wife and a mother.
Earlier this week, she attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace as one of a host of royals who were standing in for the Queen, 96, who has bowed out of this year’s garden parties amid ongoing mobility issues.
She has also visited the Chelsea Flower Show alongside Edo and the Royal Windsor Horse Show for a Platinum Jubilee celebration this month, while in April she joined members of the Swedish royal family in Stockholm to attend the World Dyslexia Assembly Sweden.
Style sisters! Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice arrive at the Guildhall for a reception after the service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
Beatrice, 33, dazzled in a blue dress by Beulah as she was accompanied by her husband of two years Edo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, who gallantly help-her out of the car
Priness Eugenie chose a vibrant orange dress with a black cocktail hat, while Beatrice was perfectly co-ordinated in shades of blue
Prince Harry, who was sitting next to Jack Brooksbank, seemed very amused by their conversation as the family waiting for the ceremony to begin
Eugenie and Beatrice, who looked very elegant, were all smiles as they arrived for the ceremony at St Paul’s with their respective husbands
Yet the mother-of-one, who welcomed her daughter Sienna in September 2021, has previously been seen as rather private, having had a surprise secret wedding on 17 July 2020, and reportedly held a ‘private christening’ for her daughter earlier this month.
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine Ingrid Seward told FEMAIL Beatrice ‘wants to help her grandmother as much as she can’ after Prince Andrew was cast out of the monarchy over his civil sexual assault case.
Royal author Angela Levin added that the Queen’s granddaughter is ‘reliable’ and ‘trusted’ by the Firm and seen as ‘much more confident’ since welcoming her daughter and marrying Edo.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Angela said: ‘I think [Beatrice] is a trusted member of the royal family and seen as somebody who is sound.
The visiting Duke of Sussex, 37, looked deep in thought as his cousins and their partners perused the book of the ceremony
Princess Beatrice paired her blue dress with grey swede heels and looked perfectly relaxed when she arrived at the event
Eugenie, 32, looked stunning in an orange dress as she walked to the Cathedral with her husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, left. Meanwhile, her older sister Beatrice, 33, dazzled in a blue dress as she was accompanied by her husband of two years Edo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, right. The two sisters looked elegant. Beatrice wore an orange dress while Beatrice donned a blue dress cinched at the waist with a built-in belt
Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi made a striking pair as they arrived before the service was due to start
‘When her father was going to be interviewed by Emily [Maitlis for BBC Newsnight in 2019], she was the one who told him not to do it.
‘And now she is married and a mother, she is seen as much more confident,’ added the royal biographer, who said Beatrice has always been seen as ‘having good judgement’ and being ‘reliable’.
Royal biographer Ingrid said: ‘Princess Beatrice is a lovely person and I imagine she wants to help her grandmother as much as she can.
‘She has a baby but has a top Norland nanny to take over when necessary. So I think she enjoys doing royal events with her husband and has the ability and wherewithal to do them.’