As anticipated, Princess Charlotte and Prince George were just darling at today’s Trooping the Colour events.
HM and Prince Philip arriving at Buckingham Palace in advance of the RAF aircraft flyover.
We could actually see the young royals before they went out on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony.
In fact, one of those photos showing the tiny royals at the window reminded us of another picture….so I had to put them side by side.
The photo of the Queen peeking out the window is from last year’s Patron’s Lunch. Below, Prince George getting a look at the goings-on with his nose smushed against the palace window.
Then it was time to get out on the balcony and see the RAF in action.
From The Daily Telegraph:
As the wider Royal family assembled on the balcony, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were spotted peeking at the crowds from behind a curtain, perhaps receiving a last-minute pep talk about their duties in public.
As the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived, the two-year-old Princess was carried onto the balcony by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, wearing coordinating pink outfits and beaming at the waiting crowds.
The Royal Air Force Red Arrows in action.
From Vanity Fairy:
At the annual Trooping the Colour Event on Saturday, which acts as an official celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday and an opportunity to wear the boldest hues in your royal closet, Prince George and Princess Charlotte did what they do best: stole the attention from absolutely everyone else.
The RAF display was a gorgeous sight against the blue London skies.
USA Today had an interesting perspective on the day:
We’re not going to sugar-coat it: This has been a dismal week on both sides of the Atlantic, with two mass shootings here and a devastating fire over there (on the heels of three terrorist incidents in the last couple of months).
In other words, we needed a Prince George and Princess Charlotte sighting more than ever.
And conveniently, due to Saturday’s edition of the Trooping the Colour parade (marking the official observation of Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday), we got one.
George was in his element.
From a Daily Telegraph story:
The Prince, who will turn four next month, and his sister Princess Charlotte appeared transfixed by the flypast, as they made their now-annual appearance on the palace balcony to wave to assembled Trooping the Colour crowds.
Both children looked like they were enjoying the spectacle, although they eventually grew tired.
Even the most exciting things can become tedious if it’s hot and noisy and you’re a tired toddler.
Now to what Princess Charlotte and Prince George wore for the day’s events. This is from a Daily Telegraph story:
By sticking to a rather vibrant colour palette of red and pink, the Cambridge quartet stood out on the Buckingham Palace balcony amongst other members of the royal family.
Charlotte was in another pink print dress. It featured a smocked bodice, ruffled collar, puffed sleeves and button back. There was not a sash or bow on the back from what we could see.
I’ve not yet had time to look for the dress designer. The piece has all the hallmarks of a Spanish brand or seamstress, especially with the ruffle at the neckline.
The Princess was in what looked like another pair of Doña Carmen shoes, the same style worn when leaving Canada last fall purchased in a larger size, the Mercedita Suela in ‘Granate.’
It’s *possible* Charlotte was wearing another pair of Condor’s Plain Sock with Cuff Detail; it is the style worn with her Mercedita shoes in Canada. I can’t tell if it is this style and they have sagged/bagged down a little, or if it’s a different pair altogether. We show the socks at Classical Child ($12 NZ, about $8 USD).
Charlotte wore one of her Amaia Kids hair bows, although it wasn’t visible in all of the photos. It could be her hair has grown so long the bows may not stay in place quite as well.
Prince George was in a pleated front shirt with a Peter Pan collar and tonal piping at the sleeve cuff and collar edge.
He also wore a pair of braces, similar to this style at Pisamonas. My guess is the Prince is in another pair of shorts; the color looks brown or burgundy from what little is visible photos.
I’ve not had time to do any serious hunting for George’s short and braces, or Charlotte’s dress. There are a quite a few more photos I also need to add to the post. I’ll do all of this later tonight or tomorrow; we’re scooting out of town for a wedding. Upscale retailer Sue Hill offers pieces much like George’s, but they are for baby boys.
UPDATE JAN 3 2018: I’ve still not been able to locate the precise items George wore. Pepa and Co. have similar shorts with braces but they only go up to size 3Y (l). Upscale British retailer Sue Hill also sells designs with a resemblance to what George wore, below we show the William George Baby Boy Outfit (c) but they are not the same pieces. And Neck and Neck still offers the shirt George wore (r) in the photo portrait taken for the Queen’s 90th birthday. But I’ve not been able to locate the exact same shorts or shirt. (Insert sad face here.)
We’ll leave you with this 2-minute video of the day’s events from The Telegraph and ITN.
- Bethan Holt’s story in The Telegraph about the children’s outfits is here; The Telegraph‘s photo gallery of the day’s events is here
- The Daily Express story about what George and Charlotte wore is here; a Daily Express story about George’s facial expressions is here
- The Daily Mail‘s piece with photos of the young Royals is here; HuffPo’s gallery is here