12th June 2016—Kate Middleton attended Trooping the Colour for the sixth time. (She has attended every parade since marrying Prince William in 2011).
The annual military parade marks the Queen’s official birthday. 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. 2016’s celebrations marked the Queen’s 90th birthday.
As in previous years, Kate rode in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
The Queen wore a rather luminous shade of green this year, likely so the crowds could spot her on the special occasion.
A short video of the cavalry:
After the parade, the Royal Family took to the balcony for the traditional British Air Force flyover.
You may recall that Prince George made his debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony at 2015’s Trooping the Colour parade?
In 2016, Princess Charlotte made her debut too. She joined her family on the balcony in a pink dress by childrenswear designer Rachel Riley. You’ll notice she has a little pink bow in her hair too? This is from Amaia Kids. Her coordinating shoes are from Early Days.
Meanwhile, Prince George donned another heirloom outfit. His father, Prince William, first wore the white top and blue shorts combo in 1984 to attend Prince Harry’s christening. He wore the top and shorts for a second time in 1986 on the very same balcony. My friend Susan from What Kate’s Kids Wore published the following photographs on Twitter:
Does Kate’s white coat dress feel familiar? It’s because she wore it in 2015 to Princess Charlotte’s christening.
The coat dress is a bespoke piece, created for Kate by Alexander McQueen. It is a fit-and-flare cut with a nipped-in waist, inverted pleat at the back and oversized collar.
One photo on the Daily Mail website shows Kate carrying her Mulberry Bayswater clutch in buttercream. Kate first debuted this bag during the 2016 tour of India and Bhutan. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for purchase.
Kate chose her Mappin and Webb Empress pendant for the parade. The piece is crafted from white gold and diamonds. As of 2022, it retails for £2,000.
Kate wore a new pair of earrings to the parade. It’s thought they’re a pair ofwith a clip-on back.
Trooping the Colour 2016 Highlights:
Relive some of the best moments of Trooping the Colour 2016 with this video from the official British Monarchy YouTube account: