Kate Middleton Dons Alexander McQueen Dress For Jubilee Celebrations


Kate Middleton stunned in a recycled £3,000 Alexander McQueen blazer dress today as she joined her stepmother-in-law Camilla and her three children for a carriage ride down the Mall to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, looked in great spirits as she smiled and waved at adoring crowds. Earlier she was seen riding in a car with Prince William, 39, who sported full military regalia.

Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven,  and Prince Louis, four, will also join Kate on the Buckingham Palace balcony later alongside Prince Charles, 73, Prince William, and other working royals. 

While in the past up to 40 members of The Firm have been spotted on the Buckingham Palace balcony only working royals and their children will be joining the Queen to get the best view of the flyover today, meaning there will be no spot for Prince Andrew or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception. 

Her Royal Highness is a huge fan of the British brand sporting designs on several occasions, most famously to her wedding in 2011. 

She added a Philip Treacy hat to the ensemble and paid a sweet tribute to Princess Diana by wearing her late mother in law’s earrings and necklace. 

A bit of all white! Kate Middleton stunned in a £3,000 Alexander McQueen blazer dress today as she joined her stepmother-in-law Camilla and her three children for a carriage ride down the mall to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

The Duchess of Cambridge , 40, looked in great spirits as she smiled and waved at adoring crowds along stepmother-in-law Camilla and her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

The Duchess of Cambridge , 40, looked in great spirits as she smiled and waved at adoring crowds along stepmother-in-law Camilla and her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Kate also sported a sapphire and diamond necklace, which perfectly complemented the bright white dress

Kate also sported a sapphire and diamond necklace, which perfectly complemented the bright white dress

Ready to party! Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception.

Ready to party! Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception.

Ready for action! Kate appeared to peer over the balcony after a carriage ride down the mall to watch her husband perform in Trooping the Colour

Ready for action! Kate appeared to peer over the balcony after a carriage ride down the mall to watch her husband perform in Trooping the Colour

Kate also paid a sweet tribute to her late mother in law by sporting a pair of earrings she wore on a trip to Canada

Princess Diana is pictured in Canada

Kate also paid a sweet tribute to her late mother in law by sporting a pair of earrings she wore on a trip to Canada

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, donned a new diamond and sapphire pendant crafted from a set of Princess Diana's earrings for an audience at Buckingham Palace yesterday

A wedding present from Crown Prince Fahd, the jewels are from one of Diana’s most famous collections of jewels was known as ‘The Saudi Suite’ (pictured, the late royal wearing the earrings in Melbourne)

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, donned a new diamond and sapphire pendant crafted from a set of Princess Diana’s earrings for an audience at Buckingham Palace in 2020

Kate tied her hair back into a sleek plaited bun and showed off her natural beauty with simple make-up look, pairing a light layer of foundation with smokey brown eye and pink lipstick.

Her accessories included a Philip Treacy hat – the favourite milliner of royal circles – and diamond and sapphire earrings from Princess Diana’s collection, believed to be a present from William before their wedding. 

The late Princess of Wales visited Ottawa in 1983 alongside Prince Charles and sported the glistening jewels with a pearl choker.  

Kate also appeared to sport a necklace from Diana’s collection. She previously sported the necklace during her first reception at Buckingham Palace following lockdown in 2020, when she welcome President and Olena Zelensky.

The design of the necklace is strikingly similar to a pair of earrings worn by Princess Diana, which come from one of Diana’s most famous collections of jewels known as ‘The Saudi Suite’

A wedding present from Crown Prince Fahd, the set includes a sapphire watch, earrings, bracelet, ring and necklace.

Diana, who famously loved sapphires, wore the entire set to a Brisbane state reception in 1983, but also experimented with each item separately.

The earrings contained detachable sapphire drops, which Diana removed before wearing the resultant chunky studs, each surrounded by ten round diamonds, to mark Harry’s birth in 1985.

The two future Queens looked delighted as they headed to the celebrations this morning, with the youngest royals in tow

The two future Queens looked delighted as they headed to the celebrations this morning, with the youngest royals in tow

Taking a peek! Kate appeared to look out on the balcony ahead of the official fly over later

Taking a peek! Kate appeared to look out on the balcony ahead of the official fly over later 

Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception.

 Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception.

Future Queens unite! Stylish Kate paired a navy blue hat with the £3,000 Alexander McQueen dress as she rode down the mall with Camilla

Kate and Camilla are seen today

Future Queens unite! Stylish Kate paired a navy blue hat with the £3,000 Alexander McQueen dress as she rode down the mall with Camilla

Kate Middleton stunned in a white blazer today as she was pictured in the back of a car on the way to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with Prince William and Prince Louis

Kate Middleton stunned in a white blazer today as she was pictured in the back of a car on the way to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with Prince William and Prince Louis

The Duchess of Cambridge , 40, looked in great spirits as she smiled and waved at adoring crowds while William sported full military regalia.

The Duchess of Cambridge , 40, looked in great spirits as she smiled and waved at adoring crowds while William sported full military regalia.

Prince William donned full military regalia

Prince Louis was also in the car with his parents

Prince William (left) and Prince Louis (right) were joined in the car with Kate ahead of the celebrations down the mall 

When William gave them to Kate after their engagement in 2010 she too put her own stamp on them, refashioning them into modest drop earrings but wore them in their original state today.

The Duchess of Cambridge has previously sported the earrings but removed the top circular sapphires. Kate was first photographed in the elegant single-drop design in an official portrait at Clarence House on June 3, 2011.

This morning, Prince William and Kate said they were ‘looking forward to celebrating’ the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ahead their first official joint engagement together with Harry and Meghan in two years at Trooping the Colour.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a tweet on their official account this morning: ‘We’re looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you’re joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend.’

Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception (pictured then)

Her Royal Highness (pictured in 2021)  is a huge fan of the British brand sporting designs on several occasions, most famously to her wedding in 2011.

Today, Kate opted for a £3,000 Alexander McQueen coat dress which she also sported last summer as she joined senior royals at the Eden Project for G7 reception (pictured then) 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a tweet on their official account this morning: 'We're looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you're joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend.'

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a tweet on their official account this morning: ‘We’re looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you’re joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend.’ 

They also replied to a tweet from the Irish Guards preparing writing 'Hope today goes well, see you soon!'

They also replied to a tweet from the Irish Guards preparing writing ‘Hope today goes well, see you soon!’

They also replied to a tweet from the Irish Guards preparing writing ‘Hope today goes well, see you soon!’ 

Three carriages left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall riding alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage.

They were followed in the glorious sunshine by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James, Viscount Severn, and finally the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.

Louis sat between his older siblings George and Charlotte in a carriage, with Kate and Camilla sat opposite. The children, who were dressed in a light blue, navy and white colour scheme, waved to the crowds – and at one point Charlotte appeared to push Louis’s hand down, while the Princess squinted in the sunshine as the carriage left.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities.

As Kate, Camilla and the children left in their carriage, a riding groom had an issue with her horse which refused to move. The carriage had to swerve to avoid the animal which was eventually persuaded to join the procession.

The Cambridge children bowed their heads when the national anthem was played on their arrival into Horse Guards Parade. George was dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and blue tie for the occasion, while Louis was wearing a sailor-style white and navy top echoing an outfit worn by his father at the 1985 Trooping event.

Charlotte’s hair was down, dressed up with two fine plaits fastened with a blue ribbon, and she wore a cornflower dress. She peered out of the central window at Horse Guards Parade as Louis pointed out towards the ceremony.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L), in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Princess Anne (2R), Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals, ride their horses along The Mall during Trooping The Colour

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L), in his role as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge, in his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Princess Anne (2R), Princess Royal, in her role as Colonel of the Blues and Royals, ride their horses along The Mall during Trooping The Colour

The two future Queens and future King rode down The Mall this morning ahead of the celebrations

The two future Queens and future King rode down The Mall this morning ahead of the celebrations

They arrived at Horse Guards Parade alongside their mother and grandmother in a carriage. The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a white coat dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy. Riding horses were the Prince of Wales on George, the Duke of Cambridge on Derby and the Princess Royal on Sir John.

The Prince of Wales went ahead of the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal as they rode diagonally across the forecourt and under the arches of Horse Guards. Charles wore his scarlet Colonel of the Welsh Guards uniform and green thistle sash riding a horse named George. William rode on Derby in his Irish Guards uniform and Anne on a horse named Sir John in her Colonel of the Blues and Royals uniform as part of the colourful parade.

It comes ahead of a gripping – and highly public – family reunion in front of a watching audience of millions, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expected to be there along three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one.

The children are likely to meet their cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at long last. Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie has not been in the UK since he was six months old.

But there is no invitation for the shamed Duke of York even in a private capacity, showing just how far the Queen’s son has fallen from grace. The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, and the most widely attended by the Windsors.

The jubilee commemorations kick-start with the traditional Trooping the Colour military spectacle today, involving more than 1,500 officers and soldiers and 350 horses from the Household Division.

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte are part of the procession during Trooping the Colour in London today

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte are part of the procession during Trooping the Colour in London today

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte joined the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall in a carriage

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte joined the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall in a carriage

The Queen leaves Windsor Castle with her lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey this morning to head to Buckingham Palace

The Queen leaves Windsor Castle with her lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey this morning to head to Buckingham Palace

The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill 'Floral Blossom Percher' hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall donned a Beulah London Darsha dress teamed with a Juliette Botterill ‘Floral Blossom Percher’ hat and her Rolex watch as she got ready to watch Trooping The Colour with her husband Mike.

The Queen's granddaughter, 18, looked elegant in a pink floral dress as she took her seat alongside Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn, 14, for the procession down The Mall

The Queen’s granddaughter, 18, looked elegant in a pink floral dress as she took her seat alongside Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn, 14, for the procession down The Mall

Lady Louise Windsor was the picture of poise as she joined her parents and younger brother for The Queen's Birthday Parade to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Lady Louise Windsor was the picture of poise as she joined her parents and younger brother for The Queen’s Birthday Parade to kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations

But the Queen’s attendance is only likely to be confirmed this morning, with royal fans hoping to see her appear on the balcony with her family for a special flypast, and possibly even review the troops.

It marks another high profile event for royal, with experts previously claiming Her Majesty, 96, is sees William, and Kate as ‘very much as the future’ and believes Charles will act as ‘interregnum’ with the ‘burden of monarchy’ falling on the Cambridges. 

Speaking to OK! magazine last month, Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton said: ‘The thing about Kate is the Queen was impressed she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title’.

‘She spends a lot more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than she did with Charles and Diana. It’s pretty clear she wasn’t going to make that mistake again.’

Many members of the Firm have paid tribute to Her Majesty on the historic occasion, with Princess Eugenie  asking her Instagram followers to share photos and videos of celebrations to join together in paying tribute to The Queen’s life of service.  

People attend celebrations of Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, along The Mall in Londo

People attend celebrations of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, along The Mall in Londo

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Harry and Meghan will watch today from the Major General’s Office, circled, overlooking Horse Guards Parade in London

She has also paid a moving personal tribute to her ‘grannie’ the Queen.

Writing in The Spectator magazine, said she hoped her one-year-old son August would grow to have the Queen’s ‘patience, her calmness and her kindness while always being able to laugh at himself and keep a twinkle in his eye’.

The Queen is the first British monarch in history to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

Many had thought Her Majesty’s appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the traditional post-parade flypast would be the most keenly anticipated moment of the day. But it is likely all eyes will, in fact, be on the family reunion playing out 50 yards down the road instead.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited by the Queen to join family members watching the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground. The room – once used by the Duke of Wellington – spreads out over the entrance to Horse Guards. It is where dignitaries traditionally watch from if they are not involved in the parade proceedings.

All you need to know about Trooping the Colour in London today 

The four-day Jubilee celebration kicks off with the lavish Queen’s Birthday Parade today. Here is the schedule:

  • Starting at 10am at Buckingham Palace, it snakes down The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, with members of the Royal Family on horseback and in carriages joining at around 10.30am.
  • Event turns into traditional Trooping the Colour which has marked the monarch’s official birthday for 260 years.
  • The colour is being trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards – Prince William is Colonel of the Regiment – with up to 1,450 officers and soldiers from the Household Division putting on an extravagant display of military pageantry, together with 400 Army musicians and around 240 horses.
  • Royal Gun Salute. 12.52am: 82 rounds in Hyde Park. 1pm: 124 rounds at the Tower of London.
  • After parade, royals flank the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a special 70-aircraft RAF flypast. Prince Andrew and the Sussexes are not invited to the line-up, which comprises: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. 

WHERE TO WATCH

Public can watch spectacle from The Mall – lined with 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards – or on large screens in nearby St James’s Park, Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh or Bute Park in Cardiff.

The group will not include the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge or the Princess Royal. Her Majesty will remain at Buckingham Palace where she will take the returning cavalry’s salute from the balcony there.

Charles will be taking the salute as the Colour of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards is trooped and inspect the Troops of the Household Division on the monarch’s behalf. He will be joined by his elder son and sister, with all three on horseback.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and many other royals will travel to Horse Guards Parade from the palace in carriages. They will then disembark and watch the rest of the event from the Major General’s Office alongside Harry and Meghan, who will arrive by car.

The large royal party will also include all grandchildren of the Queen and their spouses. As well as the Sussexes there will be Princess Beatrice and her husband Edo, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack and Anne’s children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and their families.

Meghan will not have seen any of the family since she and her husband acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to North America in early 2020, while the prince only saw them very briefly at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last year.

The last public occasion the Sussexes attended together in the UK was the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 when the atmosphere could not have been more awkward. William and Kate virtually blanked Harry and Meghan that day, leaving Prince Edward and Sophie to try to keep the peace.

Fortunately William, who has been most deeply affected by his brother’s actions and has struggled to hide his hurt, will not be forced to greet the couple in public. And Kate proved to be an admirable peacemaker when she made a point of breaking the ice and speaking to Harry after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Harry and Meghan are staying with their children at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. They had always been expected to join the congregation for tomorrow’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral, but their participation with Trooping is seen as an additional olive branch from Her Majesty.

Millions across the country are taking to the streets for parties and national commemorations held in in her honour during the special extended bank holiday weekend.

The Queen, who at the age of 96 has mobility problems, returned to her Windsor Castle home with her dogs on Tuesday after a pre-Jubilee a break at Balmoral as she paces herself ahead of the four days of festivities.

Her flight back to London was forced to abort a landing when her 13-seater plane was caught in lightning storm.

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This evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen, with the principal Tree of Trees beacon illuminated outside the Palace.

There will be no ceremonial journey to the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen on Friday June 3, and the monarch, if she attends, will use a different entrance rather than scaling the steep steps.

And the Queen’s planned visit to Epsom for the Derby on Saturday is off, with members of the royal family attending on her behalf.

Saturday is also the first birthday of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet, amid speculation the Queen will get to meet her namesake for the first time and possibly attend her christening when Harry and Meghan fly back for the Jubilee.

In the evening, the BBC’s Party at the Palace – set on three stages in front of Buckingham Palace – will entertain a live crowd of 22,000 people and a television audience of millions.

The line-up includes Diana Ross, Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers, Andrea Bocelli, Duran Duran, Bond composer Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra.

Charles and William are preparing to deliver public tributes at the concert to the Queen, who is due to be watching on television from Windsor.

On Sunday, millions will gather for patriotic street parties, picnics and barbecues, with more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches being held across the UK.

The finale is the Jubilee Pageant through the streets of London, with a cast of 6,000 performers and close to 200 celebrities joining the carnival procession.

It is hoped the monarch will make a final appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony to round off the weekend to see Ed Sheeran singing the national anthem with a choir made up of Britain’s ‘national treasures’.



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