A disconcerting picture in The Times of just the hem of the dress which the Queen wore to the State Dinner in Trinidad for the Commonwealth Heads of Government last week.
Two beautifully embroidered birds (by the Royal School of Needlework?) – scarlet ibis & chachalaca – in honour of the hosts.
But in this degree of close up the dress looks positively tatty – in need of a good iron & having the hanging threads trimmed. In reality I expect it is beautiful, sumptuous, silk.
But it was the shoes which really caught my eye. They look like grey leather, & very well worn.
Hooray! I thought. That means they must be comfy; Her Majesty is giving encouragement to all old ladies who would prefer to put comfort first, because they know it is impossible not to have a grumpy face if your feet hurt.
Alas, no. The full-length PA picture published in The Mail shows that this was just a trick of the light – the Queen is wearing a very nice pair of silver court shoes.