Surely the canniest piece of commentator casting was the Paris-based fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who propped up state television for hours, wearing a black tie with a crown on it and spearing the proceedings with mumbled one-liners.
Kate’s dress was “much nicer than Diana’s, which was a giant white taffeta curtain”, he said, giving thanks for the absence of a chignon. “I love the fact that her hair is flat … flat hair is very elegant, it gives an allure of the 1930s.”
But as for poor Princess Beatrice: “Where did she find that hat, in a bin? It’s atrocious. There’s a word for those two sisters, but I’m not going to say it.”