Princess Charlotte made her first appearance today on the iconic balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The Princess joined her big brother George, along with other royals, for the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebration. More from The Express:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s toddler daughter fulfilled a special rite of passage as an HRH.
The 13-month-old joined her family – including older brother Prince George – on the famous frontage of the London landmark for the first time, on the official 90th birthday of her great-grandmother the Queen.
Four generations watched the military fly-past after the Queen’s formal viewing of her troops.
And from The Daily Mail:
George chatted away happily to William. The Duke, who was wearing his red tunic uniform as Colonel of Irish Guards, crouched down and pointed out the helicopters, led by the Chinook, in the distance.
In excitement, he banged the top of the balcony with both hands as he watched the flypast.
Last year it was George’s turn to watch the aerial military maneuvers for the first time.
This photo appeared to capture just one of the many perturbed glances Charlotte will surely cast George’s way in the years to come, but after pondering it for a moment I think George might have been off the hook; Prince William could be the person Charlotte is monitoring. (It also has that priceless “I’m gonna’ make a break for it” look we’ve seen before on George’s face.)
Charlotte’s pretty pink dress is a classic style.
It features a smocked bodice, Peter Pan collar, and puffed short sleeves with a band at the hem. I initially thought the Bow Smocked Dress ($239) at Rachel Riley was what she might have been wearing, but Charlotte’s sleeves have a band at the hem, not any gathering or ruffle. Also, Charlotte’s smocking appears to be a broad horizontal band across the dress, it doesn’t appear to go all the way up to her collar.
After looking at scores of dresses from retailers and brands Kate frequents we still haven’t located the exact piece worn by the Princess. I did want to share this Irulea style, as it showcases several design elements seen in Charlotte’s frock, including the hand smocking at the bodice and the waistband on the back of the piece.
I have a number of inquiries out about the dress, hopefully we will hear back and get the item identified. It really was the perfect piece for todays’s events.
If interested in a look similar to Charlotte’s these designs are just two of the many options available: below left, the Smocked Baby Dress at Feltman Brothers ($62.99); on the right, the pink Smocked Flower Dress (€55, about $80) at Les Petite Abeilles.
Charlotte’s shoes appear to be the Early Day’s ‘Emma’ in pink. We show the style at Childrensalon (£29, or $41.76).
Charlotte’s little anklets look like Condor’s Perle Side Openwork ankle socks in either the pink or rosetta colorway (€3.90, that’s about $4.40). Smaller sizes are an 80/20 cotton/nylon blend, while the larger sizes are 100% cotton. This is a brand we know Kate is fond of, George has worn Condor’s knee socks from Amaia Kids on many occasions.
It also looked like Charlotte was waring one of her Amaia Kids hair bows.
Now to what George wore: he was in the exact same outfit worn by his father in 1984 for Prince Harry’s christening.
Side by side, 2016 and 1984.
It is also very much like the shirt and shorts worn by Prince William for Trooping the Colour in 1986 (a small photo may be seen here). Last year George was in another outfit his father had worn, the powder blue set seen at 1984’s Trooping the Colour.
A closer look at Prince George as he watches the aerial demonstration.
His shirt features modified tuxedo pleating on the front with contrast piping at the collar and cuffs, while the shorts look like a tropical weight wool, with waistband and pockets.
If looking to repliGeorge today’s outfit we have a wonderful suggestion shared by Maeve on the WKKW Facebook page: the white and blue Linen Two Piece Set at Estrella’s Boutique (£24, about $34). Maeve noted that it is something she bought for her own son.
Another option: Classical Child’s Two Piece Linen Set for boys ($92 NZ, roughly USD $65), offered in blue and white, as well as an understated beige or taupe paired with white.
In terms of accessories, I think the young Prince was in a pair of Early Days or Start-Rite shoes, probably in black.
It was an utter delight to see both children this afternoon. What do you think – does this qualify as Charlotte’s first royal wave from the balcony?
We will update the post, Twitter and Facebook as we gather more information and photos. You can read all about the ceremony and Kate’s ensemble at our sister site, What Kate Wore.
NOTE: We have updated the caption and link for Charlotte’s shoes; originally we had the correct shoe but the incorrect name.
- The Daily Mail’s photo-laden story is here;
- The Telegraph’s photo gallery is here; People magazine’s story is here