Kate Middleton stepped out for the annual Trooping The Colour celebration, and the Duchess didn’t miss out the chance to once again stun the crowds with her choice of outfit. But this year the outfit hides something special.
The mother of three went for a pale yellow ensemble by Alexander McQueen, the one who actually designed her wedding gown, and a matching hat by Philip Treacy with floral detail. She stood out with her colourful outfit from all the other royals who came on Saturday for the celebrations of the Queen’s birthday, Trooping The Colour.
Kate is known for reusing favourite pieces from her closet, as she did today. Previously she had worn the high fashion head topper to Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding last May. Back then, she paired the fancy hat with an off-white Alexander McQueen coat dress (which was a reward as well, as she wore it at Princess Charlotte’s 2015 christening and 2016 Trooping the Color) for the wedding ceremony.
This wasn’t the only connection to a royal wedding at Trooping the Color this year. In the last few years the Queen has been arriving at the event in an open carriage, but this year she decided to go with a closed Scottish State Coach — the same one that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank rode in after their October wedding. The initial plan for the wedding was to actually have an open-air carriage, but due to the bad weather, there was a change in plans.
The Scottish State Coach was also used in 2011 to chauffeur Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Fans first saw the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrived at the start of the parade route with Prince William by car. Then she hopped in a horse-drawn carriage and made her way to Buckingham Palace for the balcony appearance. She was joined by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and across her sat Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who just made her first appearance after giving birth to her son Archie last month.
Kate attended her first Trooping the Color back in 2011, shortly after her wedding to Prince William. The Duchess was still sporting her post-honeymoon tan.
- The first time she attended the event, and thus began her fashion showings, she wore a double-breasted cream jacket by Alexander McQueen (her wedding dress designer!) and a black hat. She travelled from Buckingham Palace to the Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall in a horse-drawn carriage, waving and smiling to the crowds on London’s Mall.
Since then, Kate has consistently made stylish appearances at the annual event, always going for pastel colours that are perfect for the summer.
For last year’s event, the royal sported a light blue Alexander McQueen dress and a matching hat with floral details.