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This young royal is leading the way with an impeccable sense of style – and it’s British designers who are helping her along the way.

Although she’s not a front-line royal herself, Flora Vesterberg (née Ogilvy) is certainly part of the elite family circle.

Flora is the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra – known as Alexandra Ogilvy after her marriage – and first cousin of the late Queen Elizabeth.

And even though she generally keeps a low social profile, Flora always manages to steal the show when she makes an appearance at an exclusive gathering or two.

That’s because she’s made a name for herself through an impeccable sense of style, which often involves such sought-after British labels as Self-Portrait, Emilia Wickstead and The Deck.

Flora Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg during their wedding blessing at St James’s Piccadilly in 2021

A Windsor family tree showing the relationship between Flora Ogilvy and the late Queen Elizabeth II.

A Windsor family tree showing the relationship between Flora Ogilvy and the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Whether she’s gracing the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color or attending high-profile events, she exudes elegance.

A notable example is Flora’s royal wedding dress, designed by Phillipa Lepley.

The couple initially married in a private ceremony at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, in 2020, in line with Covid restrictions.

Exactly a year later, they held a more public wedding blessing at St James’s Piccadilly, attended by many members of the royal family.

The bride wore an ivory dress with an A-line silhouette and delicate floral embroidery.

Lepley, one of Britain’s leading couture designers, said: “We took a lot of inspiration from the Ogilvy tiara, combined with my own passion for flowers, to create an embroidery design of magnolia, jasmine, stars and orchids.

“Hand embroidered on sheer tulle and adorned with pearls, beading and double sequins, the flowers grew organically on the dress and long sleeves.

“To give Flora a personal touch, she asked for a sweet pea to be embroidered on the cuff of the sleeve.”

“Flora looked amazing in the timeless final look.”

The design was inspired by the sparkling tiara that Flora wore, originally belonging to her grandmother, Princess Alexandra.

The Ogilvy tiara was created in the 1960s from several pearl and diamond hair ornaments that already existed in Alexandra’s collection.

Floral designs and beading were woven into the embroidery adorning Flora’s wedding dress and veil.

Princess Alexandra wears the Ogilvy tiara at a banquet at the Guildhall alongside her husband, Angus Ogilvy.

Princess Alexandra wears the Ogilvy tiara at a banquet at the Guildhall alongside her husband, Angus Ogilvy.

Several fittings were necessary over several months, Lepley explained:

“Each custom-made dress begins with detailed canvas fittings to mold the corset and determine the precise silhouette and style lines before the embroidery design is drawn. »

“I have such a passion for celebrating the female form through our signature corsetry.

“I love the corseted silhouette we created for Flora, perfectly defining her shape with a flowing Italian silk satin base, the softest of petticoats to create a slight flare of the skirt and a striking V-neckline.”

The designer concluded: “It was a joy and honor to work closely with Flora on this incredibly feminine custom dress and hand-embroidered silk veil. It’s always a pleasure to work alongside someone so detailed.

The bride’s timeless appearance was complemented by a small bouquet of white stephanotis and orchids.

Flora’s royal lineage was also taken into account when choosing her initial wedding outfit.

She chose an ivory Emilia Wickstead dress, with a square neckline, mimicking a design worn by her great-grandmother Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

Flora’s father, James, is the son of Princess Alexandra and Sir Angus Ogilvy.

Flora and her younger brother, Alexander, grew up in a 1780s country house on the east coast of Scotland.

Floral attended Rugby School, studying English, French and Fine Art at A level, before gaining a degree in Art History from the University of Bristol.

This was followed by an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Flora wears another stunning self-portrait dress at Claridge's 2023 Christmas Tree Party

Flora Vesterberg wears Self-portrait for the Cartier Style Et Luxe at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​in 2023

Flora Vesterberg wore two versions of Self-Portrait’s off-the-shoulder midi dress in 2023

Flora wears a floral look by Emilia Wickstead at the V&A Summer Party and DIVA exhibition preview in 2023

Flora shows off an Emilia Wickstead pencil dress at the Royal Ascot Gold Cup Dinner at the Dorchester in 2023

Flora prefers Emilia Wickstead dresses because they make her feel ’empowered’

The art historian oozed glamor in a tuxedo dress by The Deck at an event at the National Portrait Gallery.  She later wore the dress on a private tour of the V&A museum.

The art historian oozed glamor in a tuxedo dress by The Deck at an event at the National Portrait Gallery. She later wore the dress on a private tour of the V&A museum.

Today, she describes herself as an art historian and broadcaster and has lectured at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Flora is also an ambassador for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Young Patrons’ Circle and co-chair of the Art History Link-Up Young Patrons’ Committee, demonstrating her commitment to education.

She’s also proficient in the style department, as she’s proven time and time again.

Flora has worn a myriad of British brands, from department stores to high-end designers.

She tends to favor Emilia Wickstead for important events, telling Vogue: “I often wear Emilia Wickstead’s pieces to give talks at Sotheby’s Institute of Art because they empower me.”

At a private viewing of the V&A’s exhibition, Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto, last month, she opted for a tuxedo dress from The Deck, Savile Row’s first B Corp and the street’s only window dedicated to women.

The tailored monochrome design incorporated a double-breasted front and peak lapels in silk satin, creating an imposing aesthetic.

Flora kept her accessories to a minimum, selecting semi-sheer tights, pumps and a Jennifer Chamandi velvet clutch.

The Deck’s coveted costumes have been worn by countless celebrities, such as Carrie Johnson, Elizabeth Hurley and Olivia Williams, at the red carpet premiere of The Crown.

A few days later, Flora was photographed wearing a stunning sky blue dress by Self-Portrait at a wedding.

Self-Portrait, founded in 2013 by Han Chong in London, is a favorite of Princess Beatrice and Catherine, Princess of Wales.

Made from a textured fabric, Flora’s charming dress featured an open neckline and a loose mid-length skirt.

She paired her dress with a Lock & Co headpiece and her trusty Jennifer Chamandi clutch.

Flora opted for a Self-Portrait lace dress for Royal Ascot 2023

The royal chose a sky blue textured dress from Self-Portrait for a March wedding

Flora is a fan of the Self-Portrait label, as is Catherine, Princess of Wales,

The royal wears a Phillipa Lepley lace dress at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester

The royal wears a Phillipa Lepley lace dress at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester

Flora looked particularly elegant in a ME+EM dress during her visit to Boston in 2023

Flora looked particularly elegant in a ME+EM dress during her visit to Boston in 2023

Although the royal owns her share of designer brands, she occasionally turns to more affordable clothing.

For another glamorous event – ​​the National Portrait Gala 2024 – she chose a distinctive dress from the British high street.

From Phase Eight, the fishtail silhouette featured floral embroidery, semi-sheer sleeves and a V-back.

The sleek aesthetic lived up to Flora’s signature style.

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