Kate is always beautiful, but there are some engagements when she is absolutely breathtaking. When I saw the early photos of Trooping the Colour come across the wire this morning, I very literally sighed with joy. This. is. absolute. perfection.
I thought it possible that Kate would recycle, since she has worn a number of new ensembles recently, (although more and more such an assumption is less certain) but I didn't expect to see Charlotte's christening dress/coat again so soon. Kate recycled the ensemble's hat yesterday and today she rewore the bespoke coat and dress! It couldn't have been a better choice, in my opinion. I am thrilled that Kate has been turning to creams and whites so often, just as she did in 2011. (Note she is carrying her relatively new Mulberry clutch in a custom beige.)
The hat and hair are major elements of the Trooping, because we never get a full view. Because so much of Trooping takes places from a distance, from carriages or from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, Kate seems to splash out a little more in her style when she chooses a Trooping hat, which always makes my day. The perchers that fill her hat boxes are lovely, but I do get excited by the occasional bigger hat. This sweeping topper is from Philip Treacy and is a delicate pink sinamay that features a rose under the brim.
This is now one of my favorite hats to-date. The pink works very well with the cream of the dress and sets off Kate's make up--the soft blush on her cheek bones and the delicate pink lip color. Anytime Kate wears the proper soft pinks, I think her eyes pop in a particular way, too, so today was such a beauty win.
Finally, Kate switched it up just a tad with her hair, styling it in a off-centered chignon that was interesting, fresh, and flattering. This was A-game material today. :)
Obviously, the highlight of the day was seeing the entire Cambridge family on the balcony together. The four were coordinated beautifully and make the most striking family picture. Although he only had a handful of engagements on the tour in New Zealand and Australia, we really got a very good sense of George's personality during those three weeks. In many ways, the public came away feeling like they knew the little prince.
There has been no such introduction to Charlotte and she has remained something of a mystery, although the more recent birthday photo-set was a revealing treat. Seeing her today, though, was the the first time we really saw her in her family unit, as one of the Cambridges. To me, it is a more natural background than the solo shots we have seen and helps to begin to shape the sense of Charlotte's character.
Prince George could not be more precociously adorable. He lasted all of six seconds in Daddy's arms before hurtling down to stand and watch the excitement on his own two feet, at one point sending all his family into panic as it seemed he planned jump onto the ledge. He was enthralled by the event, turning to Gan-Gan with a question about the proceedings. (Side note: can we have a discussion about the Queen's color choice?)
He seemed to have all sorts of questions for Daddy, too, who may or may not have had all the answers from the look on his face. Meanwhile, Uncle Harry lurked in the background going through his Little Black Book in his head and trying to choose the most likely candidate to help him get in on family fun of his own. (Kate cuddled with Charlotte a number of times throughout the time they were on the balcony. Normal for any parent, but still so sweet to see.)
After last year's
debacle Trooping, I was so thrilled to see the royals get this one right. These photos could not be more charming and idyllic, the very picture of love, joy, and stability. (Hats off to the Palace PR team, y'all came back strong.)
Just like his mother on her Royal Wedding day, George had to turn for one last look down the Mall before heading back inside. I think he's going to be a natural at this whole royal thing.
Many apologies for the very late post. My French Parents [my exchange parents. The French family that I lived with in France to learn French better and to learn the culture.] are in America and have come to visit for the weekend. I am thrilled to be spending time with them, but it threw our schedule here on the blog. Thanks for your patience!