If the Queen wore Chanel! Karl Lagerfeld sketches his own dream Jubilee pageant outfit for our 'elegant' Queen
16:23 GMT, 4 June 2012
In a reprise of his role as Royal Wedding commentator last year, Karl Lagerfeld provided the Royal Jubilee commentary for French TV’s Channel2 yesterday.
And in typical Lagerfeld style, he (or possibly his minions – even Karl can’t do everything at once!) tweeted a blow-by-blow account on his @karllagerfeld Twitter feed.
Of HM’s ivory coat of cream boucl – designed by royal couturier Angela Kelly – the Chanel supremo mused ‘J'aurai habill la Reine d'une cape, cela aurait t plus joli que son chle’ (‘I would have dressed the queen in a cape as it would have been prettier than her shawl’).
If Karl could dress The Queen: Karl Lagerfeld's reimagining of Her Majesty's Royal Jubilee ensemble and the real thing by royal couturier Angela Kelly
And he then proceeded to show the world exactly what he meant, drawing one of his signature sketches live on air.
He tantalised his followers posting a picture on his Twitter feed, captioning it in English, this time, ‘sketching the Queen's new outfit.’
And then he followed it up with the result complete with those aforementioned Lagerfeld tweaks to Kelly’s ensemble.
But while he may not have thought much of the outfit itself, he was, nonetheless, complimentary about its wearer: ‘Pour son rle, pour ce qu'elle est, on voit difficilement quelle autre tenue la Reine aurait pu porter de mieux’ (‘for the role she plays and who she is, it would have been difficult for her to look any better’).
He also professed his admiration for the monarch’s dignity: ‘La Reine ne donne pas dans la surenchre d'motions, je trouve cette distance trs lgante’ (the Queen doesn’t give in to her emotions, I find her reserve most elegant).
And if there were any doubt as to his love of the British royal family, he certainly laid it to rest: ‘J'ai demand mes parents de m'acheter ma premire tlvision pour suivre le couronnement de la reine Elizabteh II’ – explaining that he made his parents buy him his first TV set so he could watch the queen’s coronation back in 1952 when he was 19.
Karl busies himself in French Channel 2's newsroom sketching a new outfit for The Queen while the celebrations play out on a screen to his right
Known for his pearls of wisdom, or Karlisms, as they are often referred, he certainly didn’t disappoint, tweeting: ‘La Reine est mystrieuse mais humaine, sans mystre, a ne marcherait pas’ – that the queen is mysterious yet still human which is why the combination works so well.
He even managed to imbue the day’s dour weather with a touch of Gallic romance: ‘La pluie donne une sorte de posie qu'un soleil de plomb ne donnerait pas, ce temps rend la crmonie plus irrelle’ – namely that the rain makes for a kind of poetry that brilliant sunlight cannot confer.
And as for the scene of the Jubilee pageant on The Thames ‘C'est surprenant au 21me sicle, dans une ville moderne comme Londres, de se retrouver dans un tableau de Canaletto’ – he likened the proceedings to a Canaletto painting.
In typical Karl fashion, he hit the nail right on the head.
Karl holds forth on French TV explaining that he made his parents buy him his first tv set so he could watch the Queen’s coronation back in 1952 when he was 19