Wednesday 7 December 2016

It's jade green with a nod to the shamrock for first day of Duchess of Cornwall's Irish visit

Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets schoolchildren during a visit to the Claddagh National School in Galway yesterday
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets schoolchildren during a visit to the Claddagh National School in Galway yesterday
Prince Charles and Camilla plant an oak tree at NUI Galway
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets schoolchildren during a visit to the Claddagh National School in Galway yesterday
The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival at the House Hotel in Galway Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a welcome reception at the Nation University of Ireland in Galway

She is hailed as a fashion icon for older women. And Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, chose a pretty shade of jade for her arrival in Ireland yesterday.

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Standing in the middle of the bustling House Hotel where she was offered a Duchess cocktail with Dingle gin, the grandmother of five might even have been mistaken for an Aer Lingus hostess who had wandered in, because of the eye-catching hue of her smart four button jacket and below the knee, slimline skirt.

Camilla's outfit for her first day here was a flattering, tailored jacket, and the matching skirt with a lovely feminine detail of two inverted pleats was positioned strategically over each knee revealing a concertina- effect of pleated chiffon as she walked through the City of the Tribes.

Then, there was the nod to the shamrock, something the Queen did repeatedly during her Royal visit here, with brooches or lace motifs on her Dublin Castle gown.

Prince Charles and Camilla plant an oak tree at NUI Galway
Prince Charles and Camilla plant an oak tree at NUI Galway

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Camilla yesterday sported a turquoise and diamond trefoil brooch on her lapel which caught the light, as did her skilfully coloured, flick backed hair. Those much-admired honey and blonde highlights are usually the handiwork of Jo Hansford, regarded as 'the best tinter on the planet' and whose client list includes Elizabeth Hurley.

At 67, Camilla is very much the glamorous granny - she is called "Gaga" by her grandchildren, and the "Gaga" moniker must amuse Ahascragh-born milliner, Philip Treacy, a close pal of Camilla's for more than two decades.

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets schoolchildren during a visit to the Claddagh National School in Galway yesterday
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, meets schoolchildren during a visit to the Claddagh National School in Galway yesterday

Philip, of course, knows "the other Gaga" and if there's a hat to be worn to the Sligo races tonight, I'll wager that it will be a chapeau by the Co Galway native.

Camilla was accompanied around Galway yesterday by Labour leader Joan Burton. A year younger than the Duchess, it is clear that both women like colour - and style - and while they may have differing tastes in hemlines, both of them appreciate the benefits of wearing a comfortable, low heel.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a welcome reception at the Nation University of Ireland in Galway
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a welcome reception at the Nation University of Ireland in Galway

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