Duchess Kate wears blue McQueen to Trooping the Colour: pretty or bland?


Here are some photos from today’s Trooping the Colour, which I always want to write as “Trouping the Colors” because I’m a gauche American and I have wayward U’s. Trooping the Colour is an annual event to celebrate the Queen’s “official” birthday (not her actual birthday, which is in April). Literally 1,000 soldiers were on hand, plus thousands of spectators and well-wishers. The Queen wore a pale blue Angela Kelly coat and a wonderful hat. She looked kind of grumpy too. Well, she already turned 88 years old in April. What is this hogwash?! Note: the Queen and Philip rode in the Ascot Landau carriage.

All of the major royals came out, which is what usually happens. Duchess Kate rode in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. Kate wore a new light blue coatdress by Alexander McQueen. I like the way it’s fitted in the waist and I can’t wait to see this standing up (alas, we have no full-body shots). As for the other royals… Prince William, the Duke of York and the Princess Royal all rode on horseback in their military finery. G—damn, how much do you love that Anne still rocks her military finery and that she does Trooping the Colour on horseback? Also: no Prince George. Sad. It would have been great to see him, but he probably would have been wailing and/or punching horses.

PS… I am enchanted by the “BALLS” pin that Kate is wearing. What is that?





Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Katie Not Waity says:

    Not an amazing look. Camilla has done a bang up job out dressing/use of color this week – between Angelina’s wreck this week and now this, hands down to the DoCornwall on a week well done

  2. thinkaboutit says:

    They all look glum. Maybe they had a big family fight in the waiting area. Ha!

    Where’s the Price of Wales?

  3. MediaB says:

    Queenie, bless her, has resting bitchface in her old age. Same as in all those shots from the 2012 Olympic Opening ceremony.

    Also, rock on Princess Anne.

  4. Liz says:

    I love seeing photos of Princess Anne- she’s baller. I like Kate’s notched collar, too.

  5. original kay says:

    Balls are the new Buttons.

  6. Sarah says:

    Now we know where George’s grumpy face comes from. I do love the Queen, however. Grumpy or not.

  7. myra says:

    Okay, all this hard work is getting ridiculous!!!? Three back-breaking appearances in one week – Kate take it easy, before you become a workaholic.

  8. lower-case deb says:

    Princess Anne looks all kind of badass with her horse and uniform. more pictures of her please!

  9. A:) old prude says:

    Oh god another similar looking coat and hat in a very similar color. the coat dress she wore in Australia looks exactly like this one , even the bloody hat is identical. She is ridiculous IMO but thank god at least magazines have stopped calling her fashion icon.

  10. Khalesi says:

    Love love love princess Anne. That is all.

  11. Megan says:

    They all look exhausted. Maybe an early breakfast at the palace?

    Kate’s McQueen is a suit.

  12. Hissyfit says:

    From up close, the color looks like gray but it’s still cute.

  13. Esti says:

    I really like this outfit on Kate. The DM has some pictures on the balcony where you can see more of it.

    As an aside: why does the DM sound surprised George wasn’t there? Are babies ever brought to this? I would think the planes would be way too loud to have him on the balcony for the flyover.

    • LAK says:

      Diana and Fergie brought out the babies when they were toddlers.

      I think the DM, in continuing efforts to recreate Diana era, likes to pretend that babies on balconies is the norm.

    • AM says:

      There had been some wild speculation about George coming (even though it was never planned), stoked by the papers as that would sell quite a few newspapers. I think Harry was brought out at this age, but as you said, I would think a aby would freak out at this show.

      Funny, but William and Kate have always been forthright about events surrounding George. Remember last summer when there was all kinds of speculation that she would give birth in secret in Berkshire and in the end it happened exactly as promised – it was announced as soon as she went into the hospital and again once George was born. And I think they’ve only ever brought him out to events where they had said beforehand they would be.

  14. Talie says:

    Why does Anne ride on the horse? Does she have military training?

    • bluhare says:

      Charles, William and Anne are colonels in the Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Blues and Royals (in that order).

    • Xantha says:

      As far as I know she’s never served in the military. Same with Edward. Sorry this one aspect of royal that really bugs me. If you never actually served then you shouldn’t wear a uniform or get medals IMO.

      • bluhare says:

        In Anne’s defense, back when she could have served, women were not allowed in combat roles so opportunities other than nurses or other non combat roles were not available.

      • Ellen says:

        Edward did serve, but he left the marines early. It was quite scandalous at the time, but oddly enough, Edward still holds honorary commands while Andrew (who was a career naval officer and pensioned out) rarely if ever wears dress uniform at military events. I suspect it’s because there are fewer honorary naval commands than army, but I’ve never made the effort to look it up.

      • Ellen says:

        Ok, I looked it up. Edward is honorary commander of one of the groups whose colours are paraded, while Andrew’s various troops (he has more honorary commands than his brother) are not participants in the Trooping of the Colour.

        Does anyone know if the Duke of Kent’s honorary command of the Scots Guard will eventually return to the crown? I assume eventually it would be Harry’s. The Duke is currently the only one of the four royal commanders not on horseback behind the queen (because of his declining health).

  15. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Am I the only one who wants an aviator hat?

  16. LadySlippers says:

    Camilla, from what little we can see of her, looks fantastic. I like what QEII is in…I’m sitting on the fence on Kate’s outfit.

    The tall bearskin hats are just too funny but I love these uniforms. Anne looks better in her uniform than she does civvies. lol

    New pics on the balcony:



  17. LAK says:

    I love that Anne rides to the parade. I wish HM still rode in it too. She was amazing. Side saddle.

    From a distance I thought Kate had repeated her entire outfit from AUS/NZ tour, but at close inspection it’s a different outfit and hat

    Also, I prefer Harry in a beret than this peaked cap.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m old enough to remember when the Queen was riding (sidesaddle) in the parade, and someone fired a gun (with blanks) at her and spooked her horse. She has nerves of steel, that woman.

      And I think I’m a minority of one today, so I’m going to hide it as a reply to your post, but I love the suit. Don’t like the hat, but love the suit.

    • Ellen says:

      I was trying to do the math yesterday – Elizabeth last rode horseback in 1986 (yes?) when she was 60, but here are Anne and Charles still riding at 65 and 63. I can’t remember now what the official reason for the queen’s transfer to carriages was, but I thought it was age. Of course, people are younger at older ages now, but I also wonder if it would give a sense of an aging monarchy to have two generations in carriages. Juan of Spain was out of line with his comments about Charles but we do tend to forget just how old he really is getting to be.

      • bluhare says:

        That’s an interesting question, Ellen. I know the Queen still rides now, without a helmet as always (Hermes must be bullet proofing their scarves these days), but hasn’t ridden ceremonially in years. I wonder if that incident started thinking that it wasn’t safe for her to do so?

      • Ellen says:

        The shots were in 1982, though, weren’t they? I think they just said at the time that she was getting older. Maybe it matters that she rode side-saddle?

        But also, I think we think of sixty-year olds quite differently now than we did 28 years ago. I went looking for a news report, and I couldn’t find anything except one of several People magazine cover articles from summer 1987. One of them quoted Penny Junor on the difficulties Charles faced, knowing he might not be crowned King until his fifties or sixties.

        Oh dear.

  18. India says:

    She’s wearing balls because that is what it takes to go out in public after you have repeatedly flashed the world.

  19. Peri says:

    I don’t really like the outfit. I just don’t like when suits are flared? Or look really stiff- I don’t know how to explain it. But I do like that Harry is making everyone laugh. I feel like she’s always so happy around Harry and that’s always nice.

  20. Catherine says:

    Camilla’s hat is awesome. Love the Queen, as always!

  21. vava says:

    I like the tailoring on the jacket, and it seems as if it’s a pencil skirt so thankfully there won’t be a risk of an over exposure. The fabric texture is nice too, and she kind of needs that because she looks frail. Love the pearl brooch. My guess is she’s wearing nude colored high heels.

    The hat is ridiculous on her. The double bags under the eyes, as a previous poster mentioned, not flattering. Her face looks sort of lumpy, too. I also fail to understand why she has so many garments in this pastel pale blue? The color makes her look even more tired.

  22. Anastasia says:

    First, Princess Anne is a F****** BADASS 4LIFE.

    I love her.

    Secondly, the Queen just has her resting bitch face on. I get it, I suffer from the same condition. Or she really is grumpy. If I live to be 88, I’m going to be grumpy whenever I feel like it. Or all the time, I won’t care!

    Got nothing to say about Princess DoLittle up there. She bores the tits off me.

  23. bettyrose says:

    Camilla & Kate in a carriage: the waity wives of the future kings. It’s bizarrely macabre, no?

  24. OTHER RENEE says:

    This color washes Kate out. The Queen looks like she’s got indigestion. Too many sweet cakes at Ascot, Your Majesty?

  25. wow says:

    Kate looks nicely put together. Plus she has her smile in her favor (when she’s not overly manic with it.) Harry and Bill in uniform is always a treat. The rest are just hard to look at. I do like seeing Anne in uniform as well, but the constant frowns from QE is just…ugh…she usually look as if she’s over all the hoopla of these events. And if she does feel that way, then perhaps we should all be over it to.

    William looks mighty fine on his horse. Let’s see, covered Harry…what else? Yep, that’s pretty much all I got from his one. I’m gonna need for Kate to flash a butt cheek and Harry to either get a new girlfriend or moon somebody soon because this Royal Family has become quite bland and boring.

  26. The Original Mia says:

    The suit is okay. Nothing wrong with it. Not sure what’s up with the pearl balls, which lead my dirty mind to other types of beads.

    Anne is a badass.

    Harry looks good. I like that he’s closet to HM and Phillip.

    It’s been a great week for Camilla. She’s ended it with another good outfit and hat.

  27. kristin says:

    I noticed she’s always wearing McQueen to important outings, does she specifically choose them because there’s a ‘Queen’ in its name?

  28. itsetsyou says:

    Kate looks so tired :( My God, what are they doing with their women? Seriously, lots of money, vacations, beautiful houses, clothes and ton of help but the girl looks so tired and exhausted.

  29. Tolva says:

    Kate’s face looks beat , not in a good way.
    She needs to pull her hair back for these official occasions where it may bet in her face.
    The suit is pretty.
    I thought Lord Fred Windsor’s wife, the brunette next to Kate or William in some photos in the DMail looked stunning.

  30. TheCountess says:

    Kate and Camilla looked lovely.

    The Queen looked like she really wanted to flip the finger. Maybe she’s seen the .gif that shows her doing so? :)

  31. Santolina says:

    Pale blue is definitely big, this Spring. Rock it, royals! Can’t get enough.

  32. Lizzy1013 says:

    I’m surprised kate was “allowed” to wear the same color as the queen.

  33. Dany says:

    Kate looks super tired… but who wouldn´t after 3 appearances in one week. That´s hardcore and clearly too much for her. The firm should give her a break ;)

  34. MinnFinn says:

    Pippa is now a spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation. How about that. Isn’t Pippa a closeted smoker?

  35. I say whatever floats her boat. Worry about doing you vs what everyone else thinks.

  36. Jocelyn says:

    I love this outfit but I’ve always loved ice blue. Kate looks exhausted. Some people think she might be pregnant again. I hope so! That was fun and also when I first discovered this site. What a weird pin but I prefer that over her odd obsession with buttons.

  37. SoCal says:

    Let’s face it, every thing she wears is nice because she has the money for it and the body. But it upsets me that she chooses a day that is about the Queen to flaunt a bespoke Sarah Burton outfit. Sophie repeated an outfit and Camilla wore a plain pink suit, they aren’t trying to upstage the Queen.

    It’s amazing that she repeated an outfit for the garden party on Prince Philips birthday, but wears a brand new outfit for the Queen’s celebration.

    • RobN says:

      When she repeats an outfit, people complain about that, too. A certain percentage of people simply will never be happy with her choices.

      I’m pretty sure the Queen could not possibly care less about what Kate is wearing.

      • FLORC says:

        Not everyone complains about all things. Just wanted to say that.
        I like that she doesn’t splurge on shoes, purses, hats and repeats. I do wish she would stretch out when she repeats some outfits. Specifically when she repeats the same outfit days or within the same weak apart. That is just too soon.

        And for the most part people that have criticized her outfits lately are mostly speaking to personal preference and not that it isn’t a proper wear for Kate.

        I do disagree with the Queen. I bet she cares. She leaves nothing to chance with her outfits and expects the same in her presence. Kate dresses on point with the Queen.

      • bluhare says:

        If the same people complain about her repeating outfits and buying new ones, that’s a fair point. But we’re all different and some people like it and some don’t. I’m in the don’t give a sh*t category.

        I’m with FLORC on the Queen though. I didn’t think anyone wore the same color as the Queen. Maybe Kate thought it different enough to get away with it. I remember when they got married, I read something about the Queen putting out the color of her outfit so everyone else would know what to wear.

      • AM says:

        For the wedding, the Queen let Carole choose her color first as she was mother of the bride. The Queen chose second, Camilla third.

      • bluhare says:

        Thank you, AM. I knew there was something about non-repeating colors.

      • hmmm says:

        I am not aware of anyone complaining on this site when she wears clothing more than once. In fact, she tends to be praised for it. She has scads and scads of clothes now, and yet keeps getting new stuff we usually see only once.

  38. Sarah says:

    I saw photos on other sites in which she was grinning and laughing with Harry… she didn’t look so tired there.

  39. Dany says:

    i thought she just looks tired because of her hard week (LOL), but this silly DailyMail article shows her sneezing. So maybe she is sick:


  40. LAK says:

    I never know whether a person is pregnant or not unless it’s completely obvious ie tummy area.

    That said, kate’s natual unbotoxed, unphotoshopped and unsmiling face is always tired. Has been like this since she was a child. She’s one of those people whose resting face is tired.

    It’s amusing when people see her without the usual aids and immediately find reasons to explain away the true face.

    • Xantha says:

      She doesn’t look all that tired to me. There are many pictures out there from this day where the entire family looked actually happy and relaxed for once when they were at Buckingham Palace.

      I will say though I don’t see the point of guessing if she’s pregnant. If she is the Palace would tell us you know? They hide a lot of things but pregnancies and weddings are the exception.

    • The Original Mia says:

      I doubt she’s pregnant. She was drinking whiskey a few weeks ago. I know the Lamebridges are dunces at PR, but even they wouldn’t put themselves in the position to be slammed by the media.

      As for her face, the media has stopped photoshopping her. This is who she is. Her fans will just have to get used to her regular face.

    • hmmm says:

      Does she usually look sad as well? In the pix riding with Camilla and Harry, she looks rather sad.

      I wondered if, indeed, she looks dragged out without photoshop. Thanks for confirming that, LAK.

  41. Stephanie says:

    I am really tired of the coat dresses.

  42. Beatrice says:

    Bad day for Kate when Camilla looks way better than her. Love that pink outfit and those pearls are amazing!

  43. Mindy says:

    What exactly does Camilla do for the good of the country? – NOTHING – one of the most selfish royals out there. From my view she is a pathetic excuse of a woman. While Diana was showing how royals can really work for great causes Camilla was cheating with Diana’s husband. And to this point has done nothing to promote a serious cause. If you are thinking that Kate does nothing Camilla does less.

    • DameEdna says:

      Does Camilla’s position as president of the National Osteoporosis Society not constitute a serious cause? What about her work as an advocate for rape survivors? Not serious enough?

      Arthritis research? Children’s hospices? Why is it necessary to downgrade Cam in order to reflect light on Diana….is an Aids sufferer or a landmine victim more worthy of compassion than those who benefit from Camilla’s patronage? And if so, why?

      It’s fine if you dislike Camilla, many do…..but please don’t discount the difference she makes to causes less fashionable than Diana’s…….why can’t we just say they both do/did some good in the world.