Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie's Royal Style Is in Full Bloom for a Spring Garden Party

The sisters coordinated with Zara Tindall in petal-toned dresses for the event, hosted by Prince William.

Princess Eugenie wears a white wrap dress at a garden party appearance in London
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The words "Buckingham Palace garden party" might conjure up images of flowers blooming from towering hats and dresses adorned with blossoms and botanical prints. In reality, the setting's dress code isn't quite so over-the-top. Just see Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who showed their subtle interpretations of garden party attire for an outdoor event thrown by Prince William on Tuesday, May 21.

To greet more than 8,000 guests on the damp Buckingham Palace lawn, the princesses joined Prince William (who was filling in for King Charles II, the usual host) in structured dresses that could coordinate with a light spring bouquet. Princess Beatrice appeared first in a fuchsia long-sleeve gown by Beluah London (a royal-favorite designer). Her piece featured a ruffled bodice closure with tiny pearl buttons and small ruffles along the cuffs of her sleeves. To let her dress's color pop, she kept her accessories neutral: skin-tone Jennifer Chamandi heels, a beige Emily London headband, and a cream Anya Hindmarch clutch completed her outfit.

Princess Beatrice exits a building wearing a hot pink dress under an umbrella

Princess Beatrice channeled a bright spring flower in a hot pink dress set with pearl buttons, by the British label Beluah London.

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Princess Eugenie's styling, meanwhile, felt like a royal interpretation of quiet luxury with a nod to white flower petals thrown in. She dressed in a free-flowing Ulla Johnson dress that featured a cascading ruffle detail along one side, like a flower unfurling. Metallic silver pumps by Valentino—a runway shoe trend that's surging across fashion capitals—and a pale pink beaded headband tied the outfit together.

Princess Eugenie wears a white dress with metallic pumps to a royal garden party

Princess Eugenie went the spring neutrals route, in a short sleeve dress with metallic flats.

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Zara Tindall, the princess' cousin, also joined in on the rainy day event. She went for traditional royal styling, in a structured Laura Green London shirtdress with slight puff sleeves and a row of peony-pink buttons. (The piece is not available to shop in the United States.) She gave a lesson in color coordination while she was at it, matching a pink Rosa Boater hat and suede heels to the dainty closures on her dress.

Zara Tindall in London wearing a white dress with pink buttons

Zara Tindall coordinated with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, wearing a white shirt dress with pink buttons (and a matching fascinator).

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Don't expect to see the royal siblings (or their cousins) on the official event circuit too often in the weeks ahead. Hello reports that Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice's "current plan" isn't to fill in for Princess Kate while she undergoes cancer treatment.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their cousins were at the garden party to support the Prince of Wales because the princess is continuing her recovery, but they are not taking on official roles,” Hello royals editor Emily Nash said. “They’ve attended royal engagements in the past, sometimes ‘in attendance’ with the late Queen, for example, so they might appear at other events over the summer as members of the King’s family.”

In the interim, royal watchers will take all the spring outfit inspiration they can get from the duo.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.