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Trooping the Colour

Trooping the Colour is a celebration held in June each year to officially commemorate The Queen’s birthday. The celebration is also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade.

The Queen’s actual birthday is 21st April, but it has long been traditional to celebrate the Sovereign’s birthday publicly in the summer. This is because good weather is more likely.

The celebrations really are the dictionary definition of pomp and pageantry. Various military bands play music for The Queen, the Royal Family, guests and onlookers. The Queen leads a procession to Buckingham Palace, where the family watch a “flyover” conducted by members of the Royal Air Force.

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Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge has attended three Trooping the Colour ceremonies to date. You can revisit each of the three ceremonies below, learn more about the outfits she wore on the day and watch video clips from each event by clicking the relevant links below:

Kate recycles white Alexander McQueen coat dress for Trooping the Colour 2016

On Saturday June 12th, Kate attended her sixth Trooping the Colour parade. (She has attended every year since marrying Prince William). The annual military parade marks the Queen’s official birthday, and over 1,400 officers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part. The event is held on Horse Guards Parade in London in June each year. … [Read more...]

Back to work for Kate! Duchess attends Trooping the Colour celebration.

On Saturday June 13th, the Duchess of Cambridge conducted her first public engagement since the birth of Princess Charlotte - she attended the Trooping the Colour celebrations in London. The annual military parade marks the Queen’s official birthday.    The event is held on Horse Guards Parade in London in June each year.  This is the fifth … [Read more...]

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: However this … [Read more...]

Kate wears blue Erdem dress for Trooping the Colour ceremony

In 2012, Kate joined the Royal Family for her second Trooping the Colour ceremony, a special celebration that marks the Queen’s birthday.  Kate travelled in the procession with Camilla, both ladies looked elegant in blue: The Queen wore a canary yellow outfit. You may recognise it from Kate and William's wedding in 2011.  Here we take a look … [Read more...]

Kate wears white Alexander McQueen coat for Trooping the Colour 2011

In 2011, just months after her marriage to Prince William, the newlywed Kate Middleton attended her very first Trooping the Colour ceremony. After riding in the ceremony's procession, Kate joined the Royal Family on the balcony to watch a flyover display by the Royal Air Force: Kate's white coat: For the occasion, Kate impressed onlookers … [Read more...]