Fashion and the British Royal Family

Fashion and royalty have always gone hand in hand. From as far back as Queen Victoria the British Royals have influenced styles, trends and designer acclaim. Since Princess Diana this power gets ever more pronounced as she was, and now Princess Kate and Meghan Markle are, among the most photographed women in the world. Author Shinan Govani and designer Bojana Sentaler discuss the lasting impact the Royals have on fashion. 


Shinan Govani, once dubbed “the go-to Canadian” by Page Six, is both social chronicler and pop culture decoder. He’s reported from Art Basel, in Miami, fashion weeks in Milan and Paris and film festivals at Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto. The author of the novel Boldface Names, Govani’s work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Town & Country and The Daily Beast.


Born in Belgrade, Bojana grew up in Toronto, where she earned a business degree from the Schulich School of Business. After a chance encounter with fashion guru Karl Lagerfeld during her world travels, Bojana began to explore her true passion for fashion and design.

Inspired by the diverse vibrancy and beauty of her journeys, Bojana created SENTALER, a brand showcasing feminine silhouettes in an array of vibrant colours, a brand now known for its signature ribbed sleeve details and hooded wrap coats.



Queen Victoria weds Prince Albert in 1854 and changes the colour of the traditional wedding dress to white.


Prince Albert and Wallis Simpson – fashion plates of their generation.

Princess Margaret in Christian Dior for her 21 birthday portrait in 1954.

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Catherine Walker’s “Elvis Dress” worn by Princess Diana in 1989.

The first televised royal wedding was Princess Margaret (sister to Queen Elizabeth II) and Anthony Armstrong-Jones on May 6, 1960.

One of Princess Diana’s iconic style moments. The famous “Revenge Dress” designed by Christina Stambolian. She wore it in June 1984, the day the news broke of Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Princess Diana and examples of her casual dressing: on the ski hills, walking the land mines and on the polo field.

Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on a visit to Canada wearing the Canadian label Sentaler.


Meghan Markle surprised Bojana with wearing one of her signature coats on Christmas 2017.

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