Duchess Kate wore McQueen to Trooping the Colour, brought all three kids

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II  enjoys a fly-past by the RAF at Trooping the Colour on Saturday 8 June 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attended Trooping the Colour with all three children, as expected. The Cambridge kids didn’t get to ride in the carriage with their mom (Kate did the carriage-ride with Meghan, Camilla and Harry), nor did they get to ride on horseback, which is what William did for the event. I think Nanny Maria basically had to corral them at the palace and then the kids got to go on the balcony with mom and dad. This was Prince Louis’s first-ever time at Trooping the Colour – he’s about 13 months old, so it feels pretty young, but he was very well-behaved. I didn’t see any crying or tantrums, and he even waved at the planes as they flew overhead.

As for Kate, she wore a new suit by Alexander McQueen, although I thought this could have been a repeat because it looks pretty similar to several other McQueen suits she owns. This one was a pale yellow, and it featured an “interesting” coat, with a structured V-neck and a peplum. She did repeat the Philip Treacy hat though – she’s worn that hat several times before, including the Sussexes’ wedding last year. Also notable: she wore a pair of Bahrein pearl-and-diamond-drop earrings. Pretty. And she wore a large (for her) diamond crucifix.

Remember how Kate likes to throw in visible callbacks to Princess Diana? Well, she dressed up Prince Louis in the same outfit Prince Harry wore to Trooping the Colour when he was just a baby/toddler. I have a question about those throwbacks – are there, like, official baby-clothes archives somewhere in the Royal Collection and Kate has permission to take Harry and William’s baby clothes whenever she wants? I’m really asking.

Royals are seen at Trooping The Colour 2019

The royal family welcome Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II back to Buckingham Palace  at Trooping the Colour on Saturday 8 June 2019

The official birthday of the British Sovereign, The Trooping of the Colour, London, UK.

The official birthday of the British Sovereign, The Trooping of the Colour, London, UK.

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  1. Louise says:

    Kate looked really beautiful and that color was so lovely.

    • Anners says:

      Agreed. She looks lovely in pale yellow (difficult colour for many to pull off), her hair looks great, and I really love the hat. She also looks happy and at peace. Something seems to have changed since Louis’ birth.

    • Harryg says:

      Yeah, really lovely! Good color for her.

    • Esmerelda says:

      And the kids looked adorable! And William too, he comes across quite well when he’s interacting with the kids!
      Camilla is always and forever our Bling Queen! Love those pearls!

      • Yup, Me says:

        I agree they all looked great. I used to really dislike the kids’ fussy throwback clothing until I saw a discussion about how it’s basically costuming that differentiates between their “regular” life where they’re usually wearing more modern clothing and “royal appearance” days where they look like they rode to the event in a time machine from 1940.

      • Tourmaline says:

        I live for Camilla’s big pearl choker necklaces with the jumbo jewel clasps! In fact i love her whole look the hair, jewels, hats, color palettes of her clothes. It works great for her.

      • BeanieBean says:

        I found the shoulder/top of sleeve on Camilla’s outfit to be quite interesting. I’ve never seen a sleeve construction like that.
        And I was wondering about the little boy outfits formerly worn by William & Harry as well. If Kate’s had first dibs on Harry’s outfits, is Meghan not allowed to use them for Archie? Then again, maybe she wouldn’t want to. It’s more the idea of it (sentimental) that the esthetics, I think.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Louise, I agree – she does look lovely. I also cannot believe how much she looks like one of my dear friends – they could be sisters, if not twins. What’s more, my friend wore something very similar when she married her second husband. I can’t wait for her to get back from visiting her family in NZ, so I can show her these photos, cuz I don’t do social media, not even for her.

      The boys are sweet, but Charlotte is utterly adorable.

      • Some chick says:

        Not even email?! Wow.

      • Surly Gale says:

        @Some chick: Is email considered social media? I don’t think so…because it’s between the people the mail is addressed to only, not out in public. I do very little social media, myself, and haven’t learnt yet how to do links and the like. Maybe she just wants something to coo over whilst visiting her friend upon her return? In other words, back off, mean, small and petty statements meant to embarrass, eh!

      • Louise says:

        This site is so pro-Meghan (almost without question) that I was waiting for something to be said about Kate’s outfit. Honestly, I like both of them but I am glad that Kate wasn’t ripped apart for this. She looked so lovely.

    • Bella Bella says:

      I really love the Queen’s groovy hat! No sartorial commentary on the Queen?

    • Lizzie says:

      I agree. The fit is exquisite and I love that hat. This is a nice color for her. (despite some comments from earlier in the week – I think her Botox looks great)

    • minx says:

      I was never really a fan of yellow for clothing but I really like this. Yesterday my daughter bought a yellow floral dress and it looks so fresh and pretty.

    • jj says:

      Kate looks wonderful in that color and I love the hat. She looks really happy with the children there.

    • FHMom says:

      She does look beautiful and so do the kids

    • Mrs F says:

      I love what she’s wearing. I think it’s actually a dress and not a suit but the colour is pretty and I love the style of it.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Same as last year, she is wearing a hat plastered to the SIDE of her head, as if she doesn’t understand how hats work. I know the hat is about fashion and not function, but it still looks ridiculous, like someone trying to use a spoon upside-down — file it under “people who don’t understand how things work.” I hope this “fashion” of wearing hats wrong dies and never appears again.

  2. Kittycat says:

    Sorry I find it super weird that the Cambridges (William and Kate) dress George and Louis in similar or same clothes as William and Harry.

    Kate dressing in similar pieces as Diana I find weird as well.

    It’s almost like they are saying they are recreating Charles and Diana life but without the oblivious scandals and betrayals.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think it’s weird too. Once or twice it was a nice touch and now it’s overdone.

      I also find it weird when she does it re:Harry. Like her dress for presenting Louis was an obvious recreation of Diana’s dress when Harry was born; Louis wearing Harry’s outfit from TTC. Shouldn’t that be Archie next year?

      • Eyfalia says:

        Yes, I find this quite offensive, to dress Louis like Harry was as a todler. She has no right to do this, especially since Harry has a little boy as well now.

      • Wendy says:

        Master Archie could still wear it next year, it would be perfectly normal in most families to share (especially more formal wear or special pieces) but good Lord can you imagine how awful the write ups would be.

      • Kittycat says:

        I really hope Harry and Meghan don’t dress Archie in Harry’s old clothing.

        Like is this a rich person thing or just a William and Kate thing because my parents never did it.

      • Neiledown says:

        Weird that the same clothes are being passed around different members of the family? I guess I should tell all my cousins who wore the same clothes as I growing up that they are weird!

        Actually I think children clothes being passed around in families is quite a common thing. At least it is in my family!

      • Ira says:

        Louis’ outfit for TTC was first worn by William in 1984.
        What is so weird about it? Other royals, including The Queen, wearing dead people’s jewelry and Tiaras.

      • Becks1 says:

        Children’s clothes being passed around a family isn’t weird.

        Kate pulling out 30 year old clothes as a tribute/homage/whatever to her dead MIL is weird.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think William wore it first. The pictures I’ve seen where people are saying “will wore it first” – it’s clearly a different outfit. Different piping, different pattern.

      • Dali says:

        Its not a tribute to the dead MIL, it would be if she would wear di‘s clothes. It’s a tribute to his uncle harry and i think that’s very sweet. Archie can wear it next year if his mommy chose to. I don’t see any issues with that. Shows that there is a close relationship and that is a good thing so let’s be positive.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        It really doesn’t help that she’s also wearing the same colour as Anne was in that photo of Harry. It’s like she looks at old photos and says, “Oh lovely. How can I recreate this?” It’s not like typical hand-me-down, or even wearing vintage clothes that belonged to the parents. I’ve done that with my son with an old Return of the Jedi shirt of my husband’s. With Kate, she does these recreations A LOT, and with herself as well as the children. It’s too much. And a bit creepy.

      • Becks1 says:

        She does enough Diana cosplay that I don’t think it’s far off to say this is also a tribute to her – look, Kate dresses her kids like Diana did!

        I’m surprised that so many people DONT think this is weird lol. Like i said when she first started doing it, it was kind of sweet but at this point it’s just overkill.

      • Megan says:

        Louis is a little boy and dressing him in vintage clothes is cute. I don’t get the level of vehemence over a baby’s outfit.

      • Surly Gale says:

        It’s the difference between their public life and their private lives, IMO. Also, remember Wills wore it first, then Harry. Did George wear it? I don’t know.
        I think they go into the archives to find whatever is weather appropriate AND FITS THE KID…remember, kids grow and change very, very quickly. So they wear ‘costumes’ in public and jeans and t-shirts when private, very likely

      • Nikki says:

        This is something that doesn’t bother me a whit. First off, I’m not always convinced all her choices are “throwbacks” when some of you say they are; some of them are just the style a lot of upper class folks dress babies and toddlers in. Even when they definitely hearken back to a former relative, that’s usually considered either respectful or sweet. We aren’t royalty, but when a cousin wears an older cousin’s special outfit, we all melt! Ditto honoring an ancestor’s jewelry, etc. Never have understood why y’all make it to be creepy.

    • Cerys says:

      I find it a bit creepy too. It’s bad enough using William’s old clothes but now Harry’s…..

      • Kittycat says:

        @NEILEDOWN

        Do tell your cousins I think they are weird for wearing clothes passed down.

        I’m sure they will care about my opinion.

      • Aang says:

        I have saved several of my daughter’s dresses and even a few pair of shoes that I will pass down to their children. Why is that weird? They were expensive, and worn only a couple of times. The dresses are beautifully smocked and the shoes are very soft Italian leather, still in good shape, and a classic style. Is that weird?

      • Kylie says:

        This is why I like the Swedish royal family. Estelle can wear her Aunt Madeleine’s old clothes without people saying much about it. Victoria and Madeleine can release pictures of their kids on the same day without people saying it is a competition.

      • Yami says:

        Imagine is Meghan puts Archie in Williams old clothes, the uproar

      • Megan says:

        Four generations of girls in my family have been photographed in the same dress. I guess we’re straight up freaks.

    • My3cents says:

      Well in our family we call them hand me downs and of course everyone does it to save money and not be wasteful.
      So nice to see them being frugal! Maybe they’re saving up for a newer tennis court or perhaps they need to move the pool as it blocks the view of the old courts?

      • Wendy says:

        Maybe they have sentimental value? We ascribe all types of motives, thoughts and emotions on these total strangers, but never do we see them as an actual family.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Katie Keen’s cosplaying of Diana is taking on a new level of trolling/creepiness. How screwed up is William if Kate is literally wearing similar clothes (and makeup style) his mother did and then dressing his children in the same clothes his mother made him wear. I’m creeped out just looking at it.

      Its long been said that Carole was always a bit obsessed with Diana, I have a vague recollection of reading something years ago that Carole apparently said she though she and Diana would have been good friends if she was still alive. Unlikely as Diana was a notorious snob.

      • Taster says:

        You guys are really horny for Diana right? You’re going to flip when you learn she dressed her boys in outfits that either belonged to or resembled ones worn by Charles.

      • Megan says:

        Diana had short blond hair, blue eyeliner, and giant shoulder pads. Not sure what about Kate’s look would remind anyone of Diana.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Just curious how is Kate’s makeup style similar to Diana? That they both wear eyeliner? Otherwise I don’t see it at all.

      • notasugarhere says:

        There is a photo somewhere online of Carole in the early years, trying to be a model. She has Diana’s haircut and is wearing the red sweater with the sheep on it.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate’s makeup is similar to Carole’s with the heavy eyeliner that was in style in the 80s. When she tones it down she looks much better.

    • Snowflake says:

      I don’t think it’s weird to share clothes. I guess that’s why the kids are always dressed like they’re from a different time ? It’s really different from the way I see kids dressed over here in the US. Am i the only one that thinks that? But if they’re wearing hand me downs from decades ago, it makes sense.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      Diana did the same thing when she dressed Will and Harry for these things. The boys were often in things that Charles wore or something similar. So, these looks go back to the Queen’s kids. I’m not sure if they go back further than that. They usually aren’t the exact same clothes worn. Just very similar.

    • manda says:

      @kittycat–you are hilarious! I agree that it is weird that these fabulously wealthy people are keeping baby clothes for 30+ years. A christening outfit is different. Kate’s cosplay is weird because it just strikes me as so thirsty, because she’s only doing it so that people hopefully make a positive association. Here’s an idea: be your own person and leave your own mark.

    • Scal says:

      The Swedes do this all the time with adult and kids clothing. Estelle has been spotted in moms clothes, and both Madeline and Victoria have worn vintage dresses that belonged to their mom. I envy them, my mom threw lost most baby clothes and got rid of her old stuff. My partner has a few of his old baby clothes and we’ve dressed our toddler up in them for special events.

      I saved a few of my kids things and that’s not weird. Also that smocked style with shorts never goes out of style-you can still find that pretty easily. Not for everyday wear but we’ve put him in that style for Easter/family pictures.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Heres’s a pic of Anne holding Harry, wearing the same clothes. NBD.

      https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-Louis-Wearing-Harry-Outfit-Trooping-Colour-46247833

      • Olenna says:

        Interesting. If the shirt wasn’t a hand-me-down from William to Harry, it would be odd to dress Louis in Harry’s clothes. Off-chance, might it be a replica?

      • Megan says:

        The pants are different. My guess is some fancy children’s clothing brand has a “classics” line.

    • minx says:

      It’s cute.

      • s says:

        I find this site’s obsession with this interesting too – yes, she is recycling cloths from Will/Harry’s youth–as many families do for special outfits. Anytime I have seen a rewear like this in my family it is seen as cute. However, my sister when she had a baby wanted nothing to do with “old” hand-me-downs (her friend’s baby cloths she was happy to take and use though). This is a personal decision and neither choice is wrong.

        As far as the styling, this is a VERY typical classic British look – if you look at Boden and other British labels you will find similar “modern” outfits that look like this in their baby sections.

        Additionally, yes, as we have seen in many photos this is their “public” uniform. To me, that seems like a smart choice for her to try and establish public and private boundaries and expectations for her kids.

        P.S. I thought Kate look spectacular yesterday! One of my top looks for her ever! — she should wear yellow more often.

      • minx says:

        Yes, I mean, maybe it’s not to everyone’s taste, but I see nothing “creepy” about it. It’s just a nice little gesture.

      • madthinking says:

        If they are wearing hand me downs it’s not like they are the carter originals I was passed down, or my favorite garanamals. These are high end children clothing only worn a few times. Like a Christening gown just not quite as nice. Who cares if they all do it? It’s thrifty and recycling, and goes with Charles’ cause, it’s good for the environment, let it be.

  3. Renee2 says:

    In the photo in the carriage she looks like Kristen Will.

  4. Bella DuPont says:

    She looked gorgeous. And happy.

  5. Wendy says:

    There were some great family shots but nothing compares to Louis’s window washer wave.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Kate’s hair and makeup look really good here. The dress – not a fan. It seems dated and not in a good way.

    Random – I wonder if she was going to wear this to the Sussex wedding last year? One of my theories was that she had a dress and something happened (didn’t fit, spill etc) and she had to make a last minute switch. This one would fit that theory bc it matches the hat.

    • Laughysaphy says:

      I think you might be right about this dress being swapped for the one she wore at their wedding. Esp because of the hat.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      Kate was only a month or less post-parturition with Louis. I doubt she would’ve fit into this dress for H&M’s wedding last year.

      • Becks1 says:

        Which is why I said the dress didn’t fit and she didn’t wear it. I mean it’s just a theory I have always had about the wedding.

    • JanetDR says:

      I love that hat! If I were her, I would have it in 3 or 4 colors 😄

    • Seraphina says:

      The color is food but the front is no bueno. Reminds me of a dress from the Pride and Prejudice movie set.

      The hat has got to go as well.

  7. Cidy says:

    Allllll those kids look cute! She looks good in this outfit, it was an appropriate nice look for her and everytime shes around her kids she puts her real smile on and it’s always nice to see.

  8. Cerys says:

    I thought Kate looked lovely. The dress, hair, jewellery, makeup etc were all good. The children are adorable.

  9. noodle says:

    nobody commenting on how Louis reached out for Will?! I found that cute and a sign that Will is an involved dad. At least something positive
    Kate looked lovely.

    • windyriver says:

      Yes, I noticed that too, when they first came out on the balcony. It was very sweet. There were some nice moments at the garden launch at Chelsea as well.

      Louis was a pistol with the pointing and waving, Charlotte had some nice waving action going on. I wondered how George was feeling about things; it was hard to tell.

    • Wendy says:

      Will was holding him for much of the event, I think they are both very involved with their children and yes, they have a ton of help. And a positive comment about Will? Here?

    • Becks1 says:

      Nah, I get a good vibe from william with the kids at this point. I feel like he wasn’t that involved initially (I think Kate has even made comments about that) but now when he is in public with them they definitely seem attached. If George was a tough baby, as they’ve alluded, it would make sense.

    • Kylie says:

      Louis was being super cute at Trooping. The way he reached to William because he wanted to held by him, all the energetic waving, and he was waving a lot at his grandfather Prince Charles as they left the balcony.

    • minx says:

      Louis is just a doll. What a handsome, sturdy little guy.

  10. tempest prognosticator says:

    She looks happy and the color is nice on her. The kids are cute.

  11. L84Tea says:

    Nothing to complain about here. I think Kate looks great in yellow with her hair color and I like the cut of the coat. The three quarter sleeves give it a nice spring look. And as always, the hat is fab. I actually think Kate is the best hat and fascinator wearer in the RF. She makes even the oddest ones look good.

    And just to add, wow, Louis is one handsome little fella!

    • Jegede says:

      ” And just to add, wow, Louis is one handsome little fella” – 👍👍

      I really don’t see the resemblance to George that everyone says.

      Esp. when we compare their respective 1st Trooping the Colour appearances.

      Louis’ features look more delicate and he has a cute rosebud mouth.😘

      • MrsBanjo says:

        It might be the hair and cheeks that’s leading people to see a resemblance. Louis’ hair is much longer now and the blonde is very much like George’s. But Louis’ face is all Kate.

  12. violet says:

    Kate looked fantastic. She also looks increasingly regal and more and more like a future Princess of Wales as opposed to more and more like a Duchess of Cambridge. The hat is gorgeous and the family optics were full on success.

    • celialarson12 says:

      Did not know there is a look for a princess of Wales. I thought it was more about the scope and the range of the work one was doing ? Mean no shade, just wondering.

  13. liriel says:

    Kate almost always delivers – Trooping is her thing.
    Celebitchy didn’t include those pics but the faces the Cambridges kids’ made were pure gold.
    I know it’s dailymail but please, look. I laughed so many times
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7118941/Prince-Louis-makes-Buckingham-Palace-balcony-debut.html

  14. Catherine says:

    Prince Louis is marvelous 💖

  15. Nicole says:

    There were several commentaries that suggested Kate wearing the same hat she wore to the wedding, as well as Louis wearing Uncle Harry’s original outfit for Trooping, was meant to signify that there is no rift with House Sussex.

    I also think there is no issue in the Cambridge marriage. Kate isn’t that good of an actress – you just can’t fake the air of contentment Kate’s had. Either the affair(s) never happened, or they did, but they’ve moved on.

  16. Digital Unicorn says:

    She looked fine but I wish she would update her colour palette. She looks way better in jewel tones, pastels are not great on her.

    I watched the live feed and she and Cams need to blend their makeup better. I could see the makeup lines during the carriage ride from the Palace. And you can see it in some of the shots above.

  17. ytmer says:

    George looked uncomfortable, and William was holding his shoulders and talking to him to ground him, which almost made me tear up. He gets it, and George is lucky to have him.

    • Olenna says:

      Agree. I don’t think George was in the mood for the balcony scene and I noticed William soothing Louis by rubbing his legs. He appears to be an affectionate dad.

    • Kylie says:

      I think George was bummed that they kept him away from partner in crime Savannah Philips.

    • Smalltowngirl says:

      I loved that moment, William just gently reassuring George and supporting him. I think George is a shy kid who is overwhelmed by all this and moments like this, showing his parents guiding him afe vety sweet.

  18. Eliza says:

    The swedes do this too with clothes. The kids wear the previous generations clothing, even Victoria and Madeleine have worn their mom’s old suits/ gowns. So yes, I believe some clothes are kept in archive for possible displays later and/or heirlooms to pass down.

    • Kylie says:

      It is done in all the royal families. Queen Letizia has worn at least one of her MIL Sofia’s dresses. Queen Maxima has worn at least one of Princess Beatrix’s old gowns. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie has worn at least one of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa’s gowns.

  19. Flying fish says:

    The yellow color suits Kate. The dress looks like every coat dress or dress she has. The faux hip pockets should be removed. And, yet again, her hat game is on!
    Her botox seem to wearing off around her lip area!

  20. Kristen says:

    They look like such a happy family. Beautiful.

  21. Anne says:

    Kate is wearing a hat that she wore for Meghan’s wedding, they rode together in a carriage and she dressed Louis in Harry’s baby clothes. That’s Kate’s language for, “we are fine, leave us alone”.

    • Enn says:

      And they seemed friendly and chatty in the carriage. I think the sisters in law don’t want to deal with the brothers’ BS.

      There are certain family dynamics at play in both my and my husband’s families where we just stay out of them (for example, my husband doesn’t get involved when my sister and I are arguing about something, and I don’t poke my nose in when there’s friction with him and his parents).

    • minx says:

      Agree. These are two pragmatic women who are happy with their lots in life, as they should be.

  22. DS9 says:

    Kate looked pretty but she owns at least two outfits that create a similar look so I’m bored.

    • notasugarhere says:

      She has a very similar hat already, too, worn to Zara’s wedding.

      • DS9 says:

        I thought it was the same hat.

        So now I’m double bored and annoyed by the money spent to recreate the same look we’ve seen before and usually I don’t care about that

  23. SJR says:

    I really like Kates outfit. Love the yellow flowery hat!
    Where else would anyone wear a hat like that? Bring back beautiful summer dresses and hats.

  24. Lady Keller says:

    I love that hat. She looks gorgeous and genuinely happy here.

  25. Maria says:

    I think the Cambridges looked great. They seem like a happy family. Louis is adorable, the star of the entire show.

  26. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I love toddlers acting like toddlers! Someone said they’re a hot mess…messy and fabulous. Kiddos doing what kiddos do and their mums freaking the frak out lol. I always lean in to let them know how fabulous they are. Little Louis sucking his thumb is spectacular.

  27. Jane says:

    That’s not a crucifix. A crucifix has Jesus being crucified on it. That is simply a cross.

  28. Beach Dreams says:

    To be honest, I thought her demeanor seemed a bit “put on”. She only seemed to be really happy around her kids, and even that looked like it took some effort. I’m just going off of the videos I saw though. There was also a photo of her and William in a car where she seemed quite annoyed.

  29. Busyann says:

    I dont know, I feel conflicted with the way she dresses the kids. On one hand I think it is creepy, but on another hand, I read somewhere once that it is a security tactic to dress the kids like this. If our eyes are so used to seeing the kids like this, they wont be as recognizable on the street?

    And I agree with the poster above, Kate was a little too “on”. But she has seemed like that all year.

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t think it’s weird that she dresses them in this particular style. It makes sense, in terms of a work uniform of sorts.

      I think it’s weird that she CONSTANTLY tries to recreate outfits from Williams childhood, or outfits of Diana’s, and then we get so many stories about how Kate is paying tribute or honoring Diana etc. if it was a once a year thing, at major events like this one, it wouldn’t strike me as so weird. But Kate knows what she is doing and what the takeaway will be.

  30. Enn says:

    I liked the moment at the end when little Louis got excited about seeing grandpa and it looked like William and Charles were chatting. I know the history and the claims of Will withholding his kids, but I hope that’s changed.

    • L84Tea says:

      Charles definitely seemed to be getting a kick out of Louis’ reaction to the planes. It was really adorable.

  31. vava says:

    That doesn’t look like a suit to me, it looks like a one piece dress. The color is nice enough on her and I suspect she’s wearing her boring nude heels. The high waist and the shortened sleeves throw the entire look off in my eye, and so for me this is a two thumbs down. I don’t like the design details at all.

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t like the high waist and three quarter sleeves here. The sleeves cut off and make her arms look scrawny. Longer sleeves might work but she would probably also have to lower the waist to her natural waist as well.

      I don’t mind the colour though.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The overly-high waist and the sleeves tailored to the same length as the peplum. Weird set of proportions on this.

    • Anitas says:

      I hate peplums in general and the flappy bits on on this outfit are bad IMO. I agree about 3/4 sleeves, as a tall person I have PTSD from sleeves at an awkward length.

      I do like the colour on her, and she looks very happy and relaxed.

    • vava says:

      The dart on the bust line of this dress is way off, too. It doesn’t end at the apex. Poor tailoring, Sarah Burton!

  32. Nikki says:

    I think Kate in these pictures is the loveliest I’ve ever seen her. I love the color, style, and she seems elegant yet relaxed and happy.

  33. Meg says:

    The fact that Kate wears 80s style clothing herself so often and dresses her son’s as their father and now their uncle did- shows she isn’t confident in her own skin and is instead hoping the high regard many had for Diana will rub off on her. Especially with how popular Harry and Meg have been, u dress your second son as his uncle, was that the same intent as well? Wil and Kate don’t seem to have their own identities. Seems to me wearing an outfit Harry wore would be for him to do with his son if he chooses. Just strange IMO because of how often it occurs and how threatened they seem by Meg and Harry’s popularity so they threw her under the bus in the press

    • liriel says:

      I think that’s her stylist’s job, maybe a bad one. I think she looks great here and she’s sporty and down to earth and prefers to wear what she knows.
      Basing your IDENTITY on clothes alone is a bit much.

    • ytmer says:

      She probably meant it as a tribute to Harry, and I’m sure he took it that way.

  34. Lexa says:

    I’m glad other people don’t think it’s that weird that Louis would be wearing something Harry wore. My guess is that William also wore this exact one at some point, it just wasn’t photographed. It also made sense to me that she wore yellow because it complimented the blues and worked with the red of William’s uniform, so they were all visually tied together.

    Lainey said this once or twice and I still think it’s most likely true—the Royal Family likes when she dresses the kids like this because it creates a sense of constancy generation after generation.

    Kaiser, I’m not sure if you’ve see them yet, but Omid Scobie has been doing short features on royal fashion, which show how clothes are archived and stored. My guess is that there are digital records or binders of photographs cataloguing each public wear that Kate can flip through if she wants. I also think this is how they track her clothing and rewears.

    • Moose says:

      Lexa, thanks for that pointer to Omid’s series, I’ve just watched the first 2…. interesting. I’ve always wondered how they store clothing, for example just how many wardrobes does TQ, Camilla, Kate have to keep everything in? Do they keep a database of when each outfit is worn so they know how long to leave a gap before it is worn again? Hopefully Omid will answer these questions during this series.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No need for Omid to answer it, he’d only be getting the info from sources published years ago that you can access yourself. Go back and read books about Diana’s wardrobe, Fergie’s wardrobe. Read the book Angela Kelly wrote about dressing the queen. Kate and her staff haven’t invented anything. The royals have been keeping track of what they wear and when for decades.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s what I was assuming. These are all for the archives.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Not all clothes are kept in the archives forever. Last year they (Royal Collection, archives, I don’t remember) were advertising some of the Queen’s and Princess Margaret’s childhood outfits. A couple of matching floral dresses, things like that. They no longer wanted them in the collection and sold them.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Interesting. I guess every library, archive, and museum collection does a bit of deaccessioning from time to time.

  35. Rachel says:

    1) I 100% agree with Kaiser’s earlier assessment that Kate’s “favorite” kid is always the newest one. She was doting on Louis big time.
    2) she’s wearing a cross, not a crucifix. A crucifix has Jesus ON the cross. Just an FYI.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Sad Kate was already thinking past Baby #3 to another one when he was only 9 months, telling someone at an event that she was feeling broody for another baby.

  36. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I find it weird and creepy AF the way Kate engages in Diana cosplay with herself and her kids.

  37. Lachunky says:

    I loved it when Louis was waving enthusiastically and he hit Camilla’s hat and those little break dancing moves he did when William was holding him gave me life. This kid is a little firecracker! .

  38. A Fan says:

    Wow, Kate looked great. Very professional and flattering outfit/colour. She has found a hat style that works very well with her face/stature.

    [*Best accessory: Louis!*]

  39. aaa says:

    George’s Louie Anderson genes are re-emerging.

  40. TheOriginalMia says:

    Kate looked fine. This hat is a much better match with this dress, which makes me think the speculation about it being for the Sussex’s wedding true. I can understand if it didn’t fit at the time and that’s why it was shelved. Post-partum women are allowed to dress in comfortable clothing.

    The kids are cute and Louis is very animated like Charlotte.

  41. Suza says:

    She looked so lovely and was glowing. She’s so overjoyed with Louis and it shows. I cannot with his cuteness. “Byyyye airplanes!” And “Nnno, I want dad!” Camilla just loves him too.

  42. Mar says:

    This is one of Kate’s best looks yet.

  43. celialarson12 says:

    I hated Kate`s outfit. For me it screams middle- aged matron. That being said the colour of the outfit and the hat gave her a very beatiful appearance overall. “Kate looked content and happy ” don`t kill me for giving back Camilla`s wink while I laugh out aloud.

    Imo Kate dressing in yellow, a colour scheme that is similar to what P. Anna wore when she was holding Harry up at trooping of colour in 1986, while dressing Louis in an exact replica of what Harry wore, this time TTP being in 2019, makes wonder for the hundreth time about Kate….And I mean the 100th time all thru the courtship period, the engagement and after the wedding. Remember the writer who wrote about clothes manequins drawn up by A Committee, yes A Committee….then I think zero personality…and I try to understand. And this is not about the wearing of hand me down clothes from relatives or about clothes at all.

    It was a nice family look and really lovely seeing Louis reaching out to William. It showed a side of William we don`t usually see.

    I hope to God never to see Harry`s children dressed the way Louis was dressed at this TTP. Hope Kate gets the whole lot lock, stock and barrel.

    • kerwood says:

      I agree with the ‘matronly’ description. Kate is a relatively young woman who has a nice figure. She could spend a million dollars an outfit and nobody would say ‘boo’ because Megan is the target du jour. So why does she dress like the Queen Mother? Is it to please someone? William, Carole, George?

      All of those coat-dresses and this outfit are just so tragic, in my opinion. The colour is nice but somebody give this woman a lesson in style, for God’s sake! Alexander McQueen must be rolling in his grave to see that these frumpy schmatas are being put out under his name.

      I don’t have a problem with the Cambridge kids wearing Harry’s hand-me-downs. It would be nice if they were saved for Archie (especially since his mother will be raked over the coals for daring to buy her child new clothes) but every child wears second-hand clothes.

  44. RoyalBlue says:

    They definitely have ‘uniforms’ for the kids. Charlotte always wears blue and I am convinced they probably buy 2 or three of the same or similar styles. It’s their way of distinguishing the royalty.

  45. Anon says:

    Why is it always “Kate dressing her kids?” What if William or literally any other member of the family thought it would be cool to have a throw back? It is very unsettling to read in this day and age where fathers have active roles in their children’s lives.

  46. Casey20 says:

    So many articles on Rose Hanbury

  47. Carolind says:

    Apparently Louis’s outfit was first worn by William on his way to Balmoral. Harry wore it later (obviously!)

  48. Vi says:

    The hat is fabulous and I agree that she wears hats very well. This is probably her best TTC look among those I’ve seen. I really like the hair too. She can even go crazier with the designs.. lol.
    I don’t know what some people expect her to wear in these very formal occasions. She can surely experiment more in other occasions,but here what she choose is perfectly fine. I also liked a lot what she re-wore at Easter. Since she’s not going to stop to wear coatdresses anytime soon,I hope to see more coatdresses like that one.
    Louis is adorable and he has a very expressive face.
    Harry was older than Louis when he wore that outfit. In theory the original shouldn’t fit so well? I also see pics of George wearing an identical one but in red that was compared to a very similar oufit worn by William in red and blue. Now I wonder if they purchased a replica in red and another one in blue for George,and if these red and blue outfits were actually both worn by William (and the blue one by Harry too). Anyway,I don’t find it creepy. It looks to me a family tribute. And I’m not sure it’s all Kate’s doing. Probably William likes it as well when it’s done for these particular occasions. As Lexa says above,it’s about them projecting a love for traditions across generations.
    In their everyday life the kids are dressed absolutely normally, so I don’t really get the criticism.

  49. Katebush says:

    Gorgeous look on her. I absolutely love that hat. I thought Camilla looked really good here in the green too. Love how she’s not afraid to show off some serious jewels

  50. I'm With The Band says:

    Everything about her looked gorgeous:. hair, makeup, outfit, styling. Def one of her most stunning looks to date.

  51. burdzeyeview says:

    I thought they all looked wonderful on the balcony – the kids are beautiful and little Louise was an absolute star waving and clapping bless him….and I adore the Red Arrows so I thought it was a wonderful occasion.

  52. Amanduh says:

    I think its sweet too! My mom kept some of my fancier party dresses that are now around 37 years old and my daughter, 2 years old at the time wore my Christmas dress. Do the people saying this is weird have kids? I feel like I would have thought this was super weird but after I had a daughter I get the “weird sentimental mom crap” now.

  53. Moose says:

    Camilla was perfectly fine in the carriage, they all were… stop talking pish!

  54. Lady D says:

    @Natroll: This was a pic of just W&K in the car arriving, not Kate’s carriage ride.

  55. Becks1 says:

    I have two kids. I do not dress them in my brothers old clothes. If my brothers want their kids to wear them, that’s their choice.