The Princess of Wales wore a design by Andrew Gn as she and the Wales children joined the Queen and other royal family members for today’s Trooping the Colour Ceremonies.
Final preparations were wrapped up early this morning.
Another scene from this morning.
Members of the Scots Guards making their final preps.
This is the first Birthday Parade of King Charles’s reign. Below, the King as he left Buckingham Palace for Horse Guards Parade. As noted by the BBC, “It is the first time a monarch has ridden on horseback at the event in 30 years, when the late Queen rode her horse, Burmese, in 1986.”
Royal Family members as they arrived at the parade ground.
The Duchess of Edinburgh and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
The Wales children as they exited the carriage.
And were led to their seats.
A brief video as the Queen and Princess walk to their seats.
The Queen and The Princess of Wales make their way to the Royal Pavilion! pic.twitter.com/INzME1D0ad
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The dramatic military display has marked the official birthday of the Sovereign for more than 260 years.
On the left, you see the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards; in the center, the Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel of the London Guards; on the right, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals. This is the first year the Duke of Edinburgh has joined his elder siblings on horseback.
Last week (photo below), a new Sovereign’s Standard was presented to the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace’s Quadrangle.
Returning to today’s events, here you see the Queen, the Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Kent.
The King was greeted by a Royal Salute.
The Queen and Princess of Wales were seated in the pavilion in their new roles; the Queen as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and the Princess of Wales as Colonel of the Irish Guards.
The Princess as she watches the troops.
A quick video as Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Edinburgh watch the ceremony.
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Here you see Chelsea Pensioners taking in the action.
The temperature was reported to be in the mid to upper 70s.
As explained on the Royal Family site, “Over 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians come together each June in a great display of military precision, horsemanship, and fanfare to mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.”
Then it was time to head up the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
The Queen and the Princess of Wales.
The Wales children.
A sweet photo of the Queen and Princess Charlotte chatting.
Below, police are walking ahead of the crows headed to Buckingham Palace.
This video clip gives you a sense of how big the crowds were.
The Mall is absolutely packed full of people who have come out to wish The King a happy birthday.
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Here is another view of the Wales children.
Then the family gathered on Buckingham Palace’s iconic balcony to watch the flypast.
Princess Anne and the Wales family.
In this photo, you see (from left to right) the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Edinburgh, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, and the Duke of Kent.
There were surely moments today when family members and members of the public thought back to last year’s flypast.
As ever, it was a terrific display.
The military flypast was an extended treat, longer than usual because the coronation flyby was scaled back dramatically due to bad weather.
The Telegraph reports, “Around 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force took part – including aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the C-130 Hercules on its final ceremonial flight, modern Typhoon fighter jets with a red, white and blue finale from the Red Arrows.”
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis having a moment.
The Princess and Prince Louis.
Princess Charlotte and her father.
Many in the crowd captured moments from the flypast.
Princess Anne and the Wales family.
The King and Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
This video shows a surprise element included as part of the flyby:
Happy Birthday Your Majesty 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/t9KK62Ilfx
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It is reminiscent of the planes that spelled out the number ’70’ last year, seen below.
The Red Arrows.
And the view as the national anthem was played.
God save the King 🎶
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A wave from everyone.
And the view as the Red Arrows fly over the Palace.
A very wide shot of royal family members on the balcony.
Now for our look at what some of the royal women wore for today’s celebration, beginning with the Queen, who was in a unique Fiona Clare design. The “red silk coat dress… takes inspiration from the uniform of the Grenadier Guards,” per a Palace news release, with the rank insignia of a full colonel on the epaulets. Her Philip Treacy hat is “a nod to the bearskin with a ‘grenade’ exploding’ up to the feather plume, as described in the news release. The grenade is a symbol of the regiment. The Queen also wore the Grenadier Guards brooch.
The Duchess of Edinburgh was in Beulah London’s Yahvi dress and a Jane Taylor hat.
More from The Telegraph’s column by Bethan Holt.
In contrast to the polished military looks of the Queen and the Princess of Wales, Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, stayed true to her love of sophisticated pastels. She re-wore a cream dress by British label Beulah with fluted sleeves which added to the softness of the look. She completed her outfit with an ivory saucer hat by Jane Taylor millinery with oversized rose decoration.
Now for our look at what Kate wore.
The Princess chose a dress by Andrew Gn, a Singaporean designer whose label is based in Paris. Below, the style in green as shown on the Andrew Gn site, and in black as offered at Moda Operandi ($3640 originally, now $2184). From the designer’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection, it is shown as being crafted in a blend of viscose, acetate, and silk. The tailored design showcases a slim fit, a satin placket, collar, pocket trim, and cuffs. The Princess dispensed with the ruffled trim at the collar and cuffs.
A closer look at the ornate buttons.
NOTE: the post originally referred to the garment as a coat dress, but a savvy reader pointed out the zipper seen in the photo shot from the back, so I have changed the description.
The color is a nod to her role with the Irish Guards, and I imagine her choice was influenced by this year’s Earthshot Awards location, Singapore. More about Mr. Gn from Women’s Wear Daily.
While he’s dressed everyone from Queen Rania of Jordan to Lady Gaga, the genial designer has kept a relatively low public profile so far, preferring to cultivate close personal relationships with his customers. Early in his career, trunk shows introduced him to society doyennes such as Lynn Wyatt, Blaine Trump and Susan Gutfreund.
Here you see the designer after his September 2019 runway show.
And this is from British Vogue.
Having graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and the Domus Academy in Milan, GN decamped to France to work with Emanuel Ungaro, where he honed his exquisite craftsmanship before a brief stint at the helm of Balmain.
Today, he’s known for the elaborate references that inspire his creations – from 16th-century Ottoman porcelain to the wardrobe of Louis XV’s mistress Madame de Pompadour to his Japanese grandmother’s 19th-century kimonos – with an archive of more than 10,000 pieces.
UPDATE JULY 10: A version of the dress is now part of an exhibit about Mr. Gn at the Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore.
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With thanks to longtime WKW friend Paige for letting us know, here is more from this Straits Times story:
The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) is buzzing with excitement as a new dress finds its place in Andrew Gn: Fashioning Singapore And The World, its ongoing exhibition focusing on the works of the Paris-based home-grown designer to the stars.
There are only two pieces of this customised emerald-green outfit design.
One was worn by royal style icon Catherine Middleton for the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London on June 17. It marked the first time Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales, chose to don a design by a Singaporean designer to a public event. The second piece was donated to ACM.
The Princess accessorized with a bespoke hat by Philip Treacy. The broad-brimmed style featured a pert bow in the back topped with one of the decorative buttons from the Andrew Gn’s design.
She was in a new pair of heels that very much looked like the Aquazzura ‘Purist’ 105 in emerald green (£500, about $640), with thanks to Gabi for the ID. We saw the return of the Dora Envelope Clutch ($325) by LK Bennett. The bag is also available at Selfridges ($360).
The Princess wore a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, that were worn for last year’s Trooping the Colour events. The Princess also had on the Cartier Shamrock Brooch that belongs to the Irish Guards.
We’ll leave this section of the post with one more photo of the Princess.
Hopefully, we will see the Princess in Windsor on Monday for Order of the Garter.
Also today, a new photo with Prince William and the Wales children. The image was taken by Millie Pilkington earlier this year near the family’s Adelaide Cottage home on the Windsor estate.
And our final tidbit, the release of a new video from the Royal Foundation’s Centre for Early Childhood. It features the Princess of Wales as she shadows health visitors to gain a deeper insight into their vital role.
More on the four-minute video from this People story.
On Friday, the Prince and Princess of Wales’ official YouTube account dropped a new video to highlight the important work of health visitors for families during the early years. According to the National Health Service of the U.K. health visitors are nurses and midwives who have had extra training to specialize in the care of children between 0 and 5. Families see these professionals most in the first months and years of their children’s lives.
In the video, the Princess is seen in three ensembles: the blue Cefinn blouse worn when visiting St. John’s Primary School in Scotland last November, the pink Hambleden Scallop sweater by Boden been during a visit to an East London school in March 2021, and the Cefinn dress worn Thursday for an engagement in Nuneaton.
Here is about 8 minutes of coverage from ITN’s Royal Family Channel.
The Telegraph offers more than three hours of coverage in this video.