Today’s Trooping the Colour event brought a special treat: Prince George’s first appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The annual event honors the Queen’s official birthday with an extraordinary display by her Armed Forces.
As the day’s parade unfolded Prince George was seen reveling in the pageantry. Chris Jackson of Getty Images captured the moment and shared it on Twitter.
The toddler is in Nanny Maria Borrallo’s arms, obviously wowed by the ceremony. In this photo it appears George is wearing the Baby Alfie Cardigan at Trotters. The cotton cardigan is by Thomas Browne, it features a button front adorned with two perky tugboats.
Our thanks to Prince George Pieces for their ID of the toddler’s cardigan.
When it came time to watch the flyover George was a bit more subdued, probably taken aback by the immense crowds and accompanying noise.
He seemed particularly enchanted by the dramatic fly past.
For his historic appearance at Trooping the Colour Prince George wore the same blue ensemble his father wore to the event in 1984. Kensington Palace noted the significance in this tweet.
The outfit features a short-sleeved top embellished with a delicate ruffle at the cuff and collar, with shorts that button onto the top.
A better look.
But it looks like the outfit goes back much further than just 1984. It appears that it was Prince Charles who actually wore the lace-trimmed ensemble first, back in 1950. A number of iconic photographs by Cecil Beaton show the young Prince in what looks like the identical piece. (I am not licensed to post the photographs, but you can see one image here and another here.)
We saw a new pair of t-strap walkers, very similar to the young royal’s Start-Rite ‘Jo’ shoes. A lovely What Kate’s Kids a Wore Facebook Friend named Rachael suggests Prince George could be wearing the boys pale blue patent t-strap walker by Leon Shoes. We show the shoes at Scotland’s Cherry Blossom Boutique. While very similar, I don’t think George is wearing patent, but regular leather.
A final look at Prince George as he leaves the Buckingham Palace balcony in his father’s arms.