This morning, members of the Royal Family gathered at Buckingham Palace for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremonies.
Trooping the Colour is an annual event to celebrate the Sovereign’s birthday. Although Queen Elizabeth was born in April, her birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June in hopes of better weather – and better celebrations!
The festivities include a parade, a balcony appearance by the Royal Family, and an RAF flypast over Buckingham Palace. Members of the Royal Family are expected to be in attendance, even if they had a baby six weeks ago! The Duchess of Cambridge made her first official appearance since the birth of Princess Charlotte on May 2. Catherine rode in a carriage with Prince Harry and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall during the parade.
During the very official and serious parade, there was a very unofficial-and-not-serious sighting – Prince George in the windows of Buckingham Palace! George of the Chubby Cheeks delighted photographers and Nanny Maria by making faces at the crowds.
For Trooping 2015, Kate wore a blue and ivory silk floral print dress coat by Catherine Walker. The “Astrid” coat is described as “a contemporary pencil line and neat rounded collar is sharply tailored in a crisp textured woven ivory and ice blue silk.”
The Duchess of Cambridge also debuted a new hat by Lock & Co. – the Marisabel. The sinamay hat is accented by a curled feather. Catherine’s was made in the “Blonde” color. She also wore a pair of Asprey blue topaz earrings, seen previously.
On the balcony, the Duke of Cambridge emerged with a frilly blue boy in his arms! Prince George made his first official Trooping appearance and delighted in the crowds. Cheeks was an expert at waving and smiling. George wore an heirloom outfit, first worn by Prince William at his first Trooping in 1984.
This year’s Trooping the Colour was a truly historical occasion as four generations of Sovereigns – the Queen, and three future Kings – stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to celebrate with their people. Long Live the Queen!