On Friday morning, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh welcomed President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to Windsor Castle for a lunch to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, which was on Thursday. (This marks Obama's final trip to Britain as President of the United States.)
More so than usual, our eyes were on FLOTUS, who wore a magenta and violet Oscar de la Renta dress, paired with a purple coat by Narciso Rodriguez — in what we're choosing to believe was a tribute to musical legend Prince, about whom the Obamas released the following statement yesterday (as noted by HuffPost):
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
'A strong spirit transcends rules,' Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him."
It was certainly a lovely outfit for a royal birthday lunch, and a wonderful, heart-melting way to pay tribute to the late musician, if that was in fact the FLOTUS's intention.
And, just a head's up: a longer version of this dress is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.