The Duchess of Cambridge returned to a favorite designer for this year’s Trooping the Colour events.
It was a magnificent day for the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
The guest of honor.
— The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) June 9, 2018
The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21st; this year HM turned ninety-two. Trooping the Colour is the ceremonial marking of the monarch’s birthday. From Erin Hill’s People story:
With more than 1,400 officers, 400 musicians and 200 horses in tow, the Queen is paraded in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade across St. James’s Park to inspect her troops, receive a royal salute and take a salute of her own.
HM looked elegant in a sky blue coat and dress by Stewart Parvin and a hat by Angela Kelly. Prince Philip, who will turn 97 tomorrow, did not attend this year’s event.
More from the BBC:
Trooping the Colour has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years and also functions as a display of army drills, music and horsemanship.
7,500 guests watched the ceremony … from a dais in Horse Guards before inspecting the guardsmen.
Sophie of Wessex and Princess Eugenie.
Princess Anne rode as Colonel of the Blues and Royals; on the right, Prince Andrew.
Left to right: Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Andrew. This was the first time Prince Andrew rode in the parade. He did so in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the unit known for its distinctive bearskin hats.
The Prince took on the role from Prince Philip, who was Colonel for more than 42 years.
Prince Philip was not at today’s events.
The day had an unexpected turn when 79-year-old Lord Guthrie was thrown from his horse. The former Chief of the Defence Staff was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. According to The Telegraph’s coverage, “The fall briefly delayed the RAF flypast as the 79-year-old received medical attention.”
London’s streets were lined with enthusiastic crowds watching the annual ceremony.
The massed bands of the Household Cavalry.
There was a lighthearted moment as a fox scampered across the parade grounds.
Following the parade, Royal Family members and guests moved to the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the traditional flypast. Here is a GIF of Kate and Meghan as they curtsy to the Queen and Harry bows his head.
— Jason Ashby (@Jashalee) June 9, 2018
It was a full balcony.
A view from above.
The children seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, especially Savannah Phillips, the 7-year-old daughter of Princess Anne’s son Peter and his wife Autumn Phillips. (Savannah is in the pink dress below right); on the very far right is younger sister Isla Phillips (in mint green).
More from The Telegraph’s coverage:
Savannah, seven, appeared unimpressed by her cousin Prince George’s noises during the national anthem, clamping her hand firmly over his mouth to keep him quiet.
When that didn’t work, Savannah clamped her hand over George’s mouth.
The Duchess wore a new dress by Alexander McQueen.
Our thanks to Perths Fashion for pointing out the two dresses.
The Duchess had on a new hat by Juliette Botterill.
She had on her Kiki McDonough Blue Topaz Earrings.
The Duchess also wore Kiki McDonough’s Eden Blue Topaz necklace.
I thought this was a splendid look for the Duchess, the dress, hat and jewelry all seemed to work very well together.
We will see you next week with our poll on your favorite Trooping ensemble.
- Learn more about Trooping the Colour at the Household Division’s official page on the event; The Daily Mirror has a backgrounder on Trooping the Colour you can read here; The Sun’s background piece is here
- People magazine’s gallery is here; PopSugar’s gallery is here; the Harper’s Bazaar photo gallery is here; PopSugar‘s gallery of photos with Prince George and Princess Charlotte is here
- The Telegraph’s story is here; The Express story is here; the Fug Girls post is here
- A Harper’s Bazaar look at the best hats of the day is here