Queen Camilla's fashion during her and King Charles III's three-day state visit to France won mixed reviews when compared to Brigitte Macron. Although both ladies opted to switch between light and dark outfit colors, the wife of President Emmanuel Macron received the most praise.
"Camilla has looked like a Queen on this visit, hasn't she? She's dressing superbly, and she looks the business," broadcaster Anne Diamond stated on Breakfast with Stephen and Anne.
"Absolutely. And of course, she paid a compliment to France by dressing in Dior for the banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Of course, in part, it's impossible to compete with the chic of Brigitte Macron," royal expert Michael Cole replied.
"I mean, she's absolutely superb — one lady who's 70, that's Brigitte, and the Queen is 76. But they're a good pair, and they looked as if they were getting on well," Cole continued.
The Queen and the president's spouse undertook a few different engagements with one another throughout Paris. The first was an "embarrassing" game of table tennis that did the royal consort no favors in the charming department. This was followed by an appearance together to launch a literary prize, which both spouses support.
Despite fashion and glamour, the tour of France has also been something of a success for the King.
"And you know what I've noticed? The King looks so happy. He's so different from the Queen, the late Queen, I mean his mother. He loves chatting with people. He's quite tactile, all the time he's talking to people and relating to them, and that's going down terribly well," Cole observed.
"He looks very relaxed in the world. A year into it and this visit, I mean, all state visits are important, but this is an extremely important state visit, and he's spoken of the golden bond which ties us to our good friends and our good allies. Of course, we've had bumpy moments with the French. We always will have, but they are our nearest neighbors, so we all love to go there, don't we?" the veteran royal journalist concluded.
Their Majesties' state visit has been hailed as a success after what some analysts predicted could be a disaster due to social unrest in France. The tour was only the second foreign visit of the monarch's reign so far, which was preceded by a visit to Germany in March.
Charles III became the first British sovereign to ever address the French Senate, where he spoke passionately about the long bond between the U.K. and its French ally across the English Channel.
GBN reported on expert opinions.