The festivities to celebrate the Queen’s platinum reign are about to begin, with the first event on the schedule: Trooping The Colour. At this annual ceremony, Kate Middleton reigns supreme every year with her pastel colored ensembles. Time for a trip down memory lane†
Trooping The Colour
Trooping The Color has been marking the official birthday of the reigning British Sovereign, currently Queen Elizabeth II, for over 260 years. Every year it’s a big one happening with more than fourteen hundred parading soldiers, two hundred horses and four hundred musicians. This year’s annual ceremony is likely to be grander than ever, as it also kicks off the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend.
Every year the British royals put their best foot forward on this day, but especially Kate Middleton knows how to amaze us every time with her ensembles. Year after year, the Duchess of Cambridge impresses with her light-colored frocks, jackets and headdresses during Trooping The Color. We list her most striking Trooping the Color looks.
2011: White for newlywed Kate
For her very first Trooping The Color, the newlywed Kate chose a white coat by Alexander McQueen. The coat ended in a pleated skirt and at the time had a price tag of more than 2500 euros. To add some contrast to her white ensemble, the Duchess wore a black Sylvia Fletcher hat for Lock & Co.
2013: Pretty in pink
Also in 2013, the Duchess appeared in a beautiful coat by Alexander McQueen, this time in a baby pink color with oversized pearls as buttons. Keeping accessories to a minimum, Kate completed the look with a Jane Corbett hat she wore to one of the Queen’s lavish garden parties a year earlier. That the baby-pink ensemble was no harbinger of the sex of the Cambridges’ first child, it turned out a month later, when son George was born.
2014: Skulls on the palace balcony
It’s no secret that Kate loves Alexander McQueen. Also in 2014, she again appeared on the palace balcony in a suit by the British designer. This time she opted for a light blue color with a very special print. If you look very closely, you can see two small skulls on the front of the jacket – a trademark of the fashion house. The Duchess also wore a matching headdress and completed the look with pearls in her ears and a pearl brooch.
2016: A sustainable Duchess in recycled McQueen
For 2016’s Trooping The Color, Kate ducked into her closet and decided to don the same white Alexander McQueen coat (how could it be otherwise?) that she wore at Princess Charlotte’s christening. She chose an old pink copy of Philip Treacy for headwear.
2017: Barbie Kate
After appearing in a light-colored outfit for six years in a row, Kate opted for a Barbie-colored (or uh, right? Beau Monde-coloured) design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The Duchess of Cambridge happily matched her daughter, Princess Charlotte.
2019: A trip to yellow
White, baby pink, light blue – Kate has already picked up a lot of pastel colors for Trooping The Colour. In 2019, however, the Duchess made a foray into pastel yellow, in a dress by her wedding dress designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The stylish royal completed the look with a gorgeous Philip Treacy floral hat, the same one she wore to the Sussex’s wedding.
Next up: 2022
Due to the corona crisis, Trooping The Color could not be celebrated extensively for several years, but this year the ceremony is back and bigger than ever. We therefore expect that Duchess Kate will again be on the palace balcony in a beautiful coat or suit. In a pastel-colored ensemble by fashion house Alexander McQueen, maybe†
Source: Hello! † Image: BrunoPress