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Kate opts for light pink Alexander McQueen coat for Trooping the Colour

Another year, another Trooping the Colour ceremony – the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday marked by a procession that surely is the textbook definition of “pomp and pageantry.”

In keeping with the previous two years, Kate sat with Prince Harry and The Duchess of Cornwall in a roofless coach during the parade:

Kate wears light pink to Trooping the Colour 2013

Kate looks radient in her light pink outfit for Trooping the Colour 2013

However this year, Prince Philip could not join the Queen for the event, as he is currently in hospital recovering from exploratory abdominal surgery. Instead, the Queen was accompanied by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, who joined her in her glass coach for the procession.

Kate’s outfit:

Kate’s outfit brought a lot of colour to this already glorious event, she wore a gorgeous light pink coat and matching hat:

Kate with Harry and Camilla at Trooping the Colour 2013

Kate with Harry and Camilla at Trooping the Colour 2013

Kate wore a pink coat with large collar and pearl buttons, designed by Alexander McQueen. As the palace and the press have not given us many details about Kate’s coat, we assume it’s a bespoke maternity piece, made-to-order for Kate.’s Susan provides us with her opinion on the pink coat:

“The coat looks to be a lightweight wool crepe. It features a wide collar, side darting, three-quarter sleeves and oversized pearl buttons”.

She adds that the buttons are ornate, with “filigree decor.”

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Kate’s hat isn’t new, she wore the piece to one of the Queen’s Garden Parties back in 2012, it’s by milliner Jane Corbett. The piece features delicate lace detailing – it’s probably in my top five of Kate’s hats.

Finally, Kate carried a grey box clutch (thought to be Alexander McQueen) and wore her Annoushka pearl earrings. I’ve noted that the Duchess has worn these earrings for a large number of engagements since announcing her pregnancy.

Here, we show Kate on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the family during the Royal Air Force flyover, as is traditional with this event. I personally love the Queen in that regal blue colour, and how the photographer has captured her smiling:

Flyover during Trooping the Colour 2013

Kate & Co watch the Royal Air Force flyover during Trooping the Colour 2013

Watch highlights from this year’s ceremony:

Missed Trooping the Colour 2013, or want to re-live the celebration?  Simply hit play on the video below:


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 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.

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Is Kate on maternity leave now?

Kate at Trooping of the Colour 2013
Kate wore a pink coat & matching hat to Trooping the Colour 2013

The press have told us that today’s sighting of Kate marks her last official public engagement before little baby Cambridge is born next month, and it has been reported that Kate is now officially on ‘Maternity leave’. However, some are suggesting that Kate may still take part in Monday’s Order of the Garter event – she has attended this in previous years.  We’ll have to wait and see!

Kate's outfit for Trooping the Colour 2013

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

Annoushka Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings

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  1. That hat … I love it …

  2. she looks gorgeous in the pink and glowing and I love that hat too Stella!

  3. Camilla Jilderup says:


  4. Wonder if the choice of pink was a hint that she’s having a girl. 😉

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