As the Obamas’ term in the White House nears its end, we’re cherishing Michelle Obama’s dwindling style moments as First Lady. On Friday, she joined President Obama for a celebratory 90th birthday lunch for Queen Elizabeth held at Windsor Castle. FLOTUS selected a vibrant purple floral-embroidered Oscar de la Renta gown for the occasion, which seemed like a direct nod to late singer Prince, who passed away suddenly Thursday at the age of 57.
But the purple dress on America’s reine was not a planned tribute.
A U.S. official tells PEOPLE that the First Lady’s choice of purple for today was “not intentional” (though the president did “warm up” for his day by playing a few of Prince’s hits at the Prime Minister’s home.)
Michelle accessorized the dress with an iris wool Narciso Rodriguez coat and sleek black pumps, proving that bold colors have been her steadfast style M.O. throughout her eight years as FLOTUS. Queen Elizabeth opted for a softer hue in a pastel blue suit. The event marked President Obama’s third visit with the Queen during his presidency.
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Before his trip to England, the President issued a statement addressing Prince’s tragic death.
“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” he said. “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.”
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