On the 17th of June 2017, Kate Middleton) attended her seventh Trooping the Colour Parade.
Kate has not missed a parade since marrying Prince William in 2011
Each year, Kate sits in a carriage alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, opposite Prince Harry.
Trooping the Colour is an annual military parade that takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London. The parade marks the Queen’s official birthday.
Over 1,400 offers, 200 horses and 400 musicians take part. It’s quite a spectacular display.
After the parade, the Royal Family joined the Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
They gathered to watch the British Air Force perform a traditional “flypast”, a ceremonial or honorific flight carried out by a group of aircraft.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) and The Red Arrows both took part in the flypast.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were in attendance too. Prince George didn’t look too excited at first!
As the aeroplanes and helicopters flew over the building, George and Charlotte looked a little happier–both children started waving.
Kate wore an eye-catching bubblegum pink dress for the Trooping the Colour celebrations. It’s a custom piece by Alexander McQueen.
The dress is very similar to this from the designer’s AW16 collection:
Kate’s version of the dress features added sleeves and a longer length skirt. FarFetch.com described the piece as a “pleated skirt skater dress”, while Neiman Marcus stocked it in blue and called it a “sleeveless paperbag-waist mini dress.” Both were made from a silk-wool blend fabric. Huge thank you to Michelle from Perth Fashion for sharing the links with me.
Jane Taylor designed Kate’s hat.
Here’s how the piece is described on the Royal Hats Blog:
[A] vibrant new cocktail percher hat with moulded pink straw button base trimmed in draped and looped bows in three layers of crin, each in a different shade of pink. This cascading crin bow trim gives wonderful movement and drama to the piece and the contrasting colours (especially the darker plum) lends depth and punchy contrast.
Kate’s diamond drop earrings are on loan from the Queen. Kate first wore them to a diplomatic reception back in 2016. The Queen wore them to the State Opening of Parliament in 2012 – but unfortunately, little more is known about the spectacular earrings.