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Kate attends her fourth Trooping the Colour ceremony 

Kate attended her fourth Trooping the Colour ceremony this year.

Kate at Trooping the Colour 2014

Kate at Trooping the Colour 2014

The annual event is also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade.  It is held in June each year to officially commemorate the Queen’s birthday, which is actually two months earlier on April 21st.  However, it has long been traditional to celebrate the Sovereign’s birthday publicly in the summer. This is because good weather is more likely.  This year’s ceremony was slightly overcast, but the weather held up:

Trooping the Colour 2014

Trooping the Colour 2014

The HQ London District page on Facebook has a note about the events:

More than a thousand soldiers from the Household Division were on parade to mark the Queen’s Official Birthday on 14th June 2014 on Horse Guards Parade, at the ceremony known as Trooping the Colour. The Royal Colonels (The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal) also rode on the parade.

You can read more about the troops accompanying The Queen on their Facebook page here.

The celebration is what I like to say is the “dictionary definition of pomp and pageantry.”   The Queen leads a procession to Buckingham Palace, where the family watch a “flyover” conducted by members of the Royal Air Force.

The Queen at the Trooping the Colour ceremony

The Queen at the Trooping the Colour ceremony

For the forth year running, Kate rode in a carriage with Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate in the carriage with The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry

Kate in the carriage with The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry

Each year, crowds gather in The Mall as The Queen and family head on up to the Buckingham Palace balcony in anticipation of the flyover.

 

The Royals on the Balcony

The royals on the balcony

And another balcony shot of the Royal Family:

The Royal Family on the Balcony

The Royal Family on the Balcony

Kate’s outfit:

Kate wore a new light blue/grey skirt suit for today’s events.  The Palace did not release details about Kate’s outfit, but upon first seeing the piece most of us were certain it was by Alexander McQueen.

Kate on the balcony for Trooping the Colour

Kate on the balcony for Trooping the Colour

After a lot of sleuthing on Google, I found a very similar suit jacket by the designer, available from Browns.  The piece was from a previous season, and it is not exactly the same as Kate’s jacket, but I think the similarities are clear:

We think Kate's wearing McQueen

We think Kate’s wearing McQueen

Both pieces feature a peplum, are created from jacquard material and have very similar notched collars.  Kate’s jacket (which was likely a bespoke piece) featured more pronounced shoulders, higher fastenings on the front and the fun pleated back has been removed.

Does Kate's jacket feature McQueen skulls?

Does Kate’s jacket feature McQueen skulls?

The blue and grey jacquard material also appears to have two small McQueen skulls on the front (the design house is notorious for using skulls on their clothing and accessories.) Mega props to my Facebook friend Kristin for spotting those!

Kate’s hat is new, it’s by Jane Taylor Millinery:

Finally, Kate paired her skirt suit with her dove grey Alexander McQueen clutch bag, her Annoushka pearl drop earrings with Kiki McDonough hooks and a new brooch we’ve not seen before.  The brooch features several oversized pearls.

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Time machine:

Trying to remember what Kate wore to the previous Trooping the Colour ceremonies?  Now you don’t have to – we have all the details below:

Kate at Trooping the Colour 2013Trooping the Colour 2013

Kate wore a light pink coat from Alexander McQueen for the 2013 Trooping ceremony, and while pregnant with Prince George.  The light pink coat featured pearly buttons.  With the dress, Kate wore a matching Jane Corbett hat.

Re-read all the details by clicking here.

Kate wears Erdem to Trooping the Colour 2012Trooping the Colour 2012

Kate wore a bespoke Erdem dress for the Trooping ceremony.  The light blue dress was embroidered with flowers.  With the dress, Kate wore a matching blue Jane Corbett hat.

Re-read all the details by clicking here.

Kate and William at Trooping the Colour 2011Trooping the Colour 2011

Kate wore an off-the-peg ruffled Alexander McQueen coat for the 2011 ceremony.  The Duchess accessorised her white coat with a black hat by Silvia Fletcher for Lock & Co.

Re-read all the details by clicking here.

Kate's outfit for Trooping the Colour 2014

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Freshwater pearl drop earrings

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