Is this Penny Mordaunt’s ‘Pippa Middleton’ moment at the King’s coronation?
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King Charles is unquestionably the star of his own coronation, but there is one other woman taking centre stage, and no, you may be surprised to read, it is not Queen Camilla. It is instead Penny Mordaunt, the Lord President of the Privy Council.
Penny Mordaunt has become the first woman in history to carry and present the Jewelled Sword of Offering at a coronation. According to The Scotsman, “The sword is blessed by the Archbishop and presented to the King by Ms Mordaunt-the first time the sword has been carried and presented by a woman.”
As of writing, Penny Mordaunt is receiving widespread praise for her role. One Twitter user wrote “Hugely impressed by Penny Mordaunt’s dignity and gravitas.” Another fan said “She is winning the day, my friends.” whilst another said: “Penny Mordaunt different class today!!!”
Without taking anything away from the gravitas of Penny Mordaunt’s role, I also have to discuss with you her overall outfit. I think she looked incredibly chic in a teal dress and cape with leaf print, with matching headpiece.
The colour of the outfit is ‘Poseidon,’ which is reportedly a deliberate reference to her Portsmouth constituency and was designed by Safiyaa, which has also been worn by Meghan Markle in the past.
Penny’s choice of outfit was perfect for the occasion and in many ways reminded me of a certain Pippa Middleton’s dress at the wedding of her sister, Kate Middleton. Whether it was intentional or not, like Pippa, I think Penny without question took a little bit of the limelight away from Queen Camilla.
And as for Rishi Sunak. Yes, as the Prime Minister, he may have been tasked with a reading at the King’s coronation, and is probably glad of today as a welcome diversion from his party’s disastrous local election results. However, if he thinks Penny Mordaunt may no longer be a threat to his leadership in the future, he needs to reconsider. Penny is back, big time!