Duchess of Cambridge changes McQueen direction at Trooping the Colour

Yesterday was Trooping the Colour, the annual birthday parade for The Queen. The Duchess of Cambridge attended, as Prince William rode behind The Queen, wearing a pale yellow dress from her go-to designer, McQueen.

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The Royal Family on Buckingham Palace balcony today to mark The Queen’s birthday parade. (MOD)

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a bespoke pastel lemon yellow Alexander McQueen dress. The dress design showcases similar construction elements to three of Kate’s favourite designers: McQueen, Catherine Walker and Emilia Wickstead.

The beautifully tailored dress has a double layer lapel collar, which are seen in current season ready-to-wear Alexander McQueen coats and new addition Catherine Walker day dresses, that creates a v-neckline, before crossing over and continuing down until meeting the wide waistband. The dress has a slim-fitting knee-length skirt with a signature McQueen half-peplum. However, the detail of the peplum is slightly different with box pleated folds at the front, which creates a slight distinguishing feature from the peplums on Kate’s other McQueen dresses. The silk crêpe dress has bracelet length sleeves with peaked shoulders. This was a wonderful choice for the occasion.

Duchess Kate in lemon yellow at Trooping the Colour. Picture by Pete Maclaine / i-Images

The Duchess often opts for a muted colour palette with her Alexander McQueen dresses and we would love to see more bright and vibrant colours in future.

Kate opted for a relatively new hat that we saw last year, from Philip Treacy. The saucer hat is also double layered, mimicking the dress, making it a great match. It curves from the pointed base near the face, up past the crown to curl round at the top. On the underside are two large silk yellow roses and buntal twists. This is the ‘OC 458’ style.

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Philip Treacy OC 458

This piece was worn to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018; remind yourself here.

The Duchess of Cambridge chose pale yellow Alexander McQueen for Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan. Pool Photo by Neil Hall/UPI

We didn’t see any accessories, until we saw more photos later. The Duchess reused her white hard-case McQueen clutch, with silver hardware. It features rounded edges, and a large stone clasp. We have now seen this piece on a number of occasions, like the BAFTAs, but I am slightly surprised this piece was chosen for Trooping, when Catherine has many nude clutches that would also have worked, and been more her style!

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McQueen white satin clutch

Kate opted for a pair of earrings that are on loan from The Queen, the Bahrain pearl earrings. A diamond stud is connected by one small stone to three baguette diamonds, from which hang three small round diamonds, ending with a round pearl. These are very classic earrings, and very much in Catherine’s style.

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Kate in The Queen’s pearl earrings from Bahrain, Remembrance Day 2016. Stephen Lock / i-Images

She also wore a cross necklace, which appears to be a slightly modified version that we saw way back in 2012. Kate has had this piece for a number of years. The simple piece has had a silver bead added above the cross.

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Kate wears a cross necklace to Trooping. Picture by James Whatling

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We suspect she chose a pair of nude heels for the occasion, probably her new Emmy ‘Rebecca’ heel in blush, which are very pale.

Emmy ‘Rebecca’ blush heels

What did you think of Kate’s look at Trooping? It was a hit for us.

Steal Kate’s style here:

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