Kate is Pretty in Pink for Trooping the Colour

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Kate made her last public appearance before the birth of her first child when she joined thousands of well-wishers to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday at the Trooping the Colour parade.

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She waved to the crowds lining the route as she travelled in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. The televised military spectacle is held every year at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, London.

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More than 1,000 soldiers and horses took part in the ceremony including the Prince of Wales – who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal – who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge – who is Colonel of the Irish Guards.

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Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags, were carried, or “trooped”, down the rank so that it could be seen and recognized by the soldiers.
In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to “troop the colours”, and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

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Later, the Duchess of Cambridge joined the rest of the royals on the balcony at ­Buckingham Palace to watch the ­traditional RAF fly-past.
 
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Turning to one of her favorite designers, Kate wore a pale pink coat that was custom designed by Sarah Burton from the iconic British design house, Alexander McQueen. The gorgeous coat features a wide collar, side darting, three-quarter sleeves and oversized pearl buttons.
 
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You may recognize Kate’s hat as the piece by milliner Jane Corbett that she wore to the Queen’s Buckingham Palace Garden party last year. She also accessorized with a grey, bespoke McQueen clutch and Annoushka pearl earrings.
 
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