The cloudy skies did not detract from today’s Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.
The dramatic ceremony showcases the military’s finest display of pomp and pageantry.
The annual event is also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
Prince William and Princess Anne in their uniforms as Colonel of the Irish Guards (William) Colonel of the Blues and Royals (Anne).
As always, it was a magnificent display.
HM with Prince Philip on the dais, inspecting her troops.
The Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry in his uniform as an officer of the Household Cavalry.
A look at Kate’s hat.
The Household Cavalry band, led by Drum Horse Mercury.
After the ceremonies on the ground things moved to Buckingham Palace, where we saw Prince George make his first Trooping the Colour appearance.
Bad weather grounded some of the RAF ‘s aircraft, only helicopters and the Red Arrows were able to take part in the dramatic fly past at Buckingham Palace.
Royal watchers noted the similarity in the pictures from today’s shot of Prince William holding his son….
…to this image of Prince Charles carrying William at 1984′s Trooping Ceremonies.
It wasn’t long before people realized it wasn’t only the photos that were similar: Prince George was actually wearing the same blue suit worn by his father in 1984. And it turns out the outfit is likely much older than 1984, it appears Prince Charles also wore the style back in 1950, as noted in this tweet from Majesty magazine with information from our friend Anna of My Small Obsessions.
Prince George seemed to enjoy himself.
Now to what Kate wore. The Duchess was in an elegant coatdress from Catherine Walker.
It is Catherine Walker’s “Astrid” style.
The silk dupioni piece features an ivory floral pattern woven into the ice blue silk. It is “sharply tailored,” with self-covered buttons and the rounded collar Kate is fond of, seen in many other pieces in the Duchess’s wardrobe.
This offers a closer look at the princess seaming and slightest touch of padding at the shoulder, used primarily for structure.
Kate’s hat is by John Lock and Company.
It is the company’s Marisabel style, designed by Sylvia Fletcher. The piece is crafted of sinamay, a straw frequently used for hats.
The Duke and Duchess with Prince George, HM & Prince Philip (with Prince Harry just behind him) as well as James, Viscount of Severn, with his fingers in his ears. The young man is Edward and Sophie’s youngest child.
A wave goodbye as the royals leave Buckingham Palace’s iconic balcony.