Kate Middleton paid tribute to Princess Diana in King Charles’ historic Trooping the Color outfit.
The 41-year-old mother of three sits alongside Queen Camilla, 75, and her children Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, in a carriage. She was wearing earrings that belonged to her. Her late mother-in-law, who died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997 at the age of 36.
The gems were a gift from Kate Middleton’s husband, Prince William, 40, who also gave her his mother’s sapphire engagement ring when he proposed in 2010.
These were originally given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Fahd as part of a suite of jewels, and in a special “letter of wishes” included in her will, Diana said: says to “I will divide my jewelery among my sons so that their wives may own and use it in due course. The exact division of her jewelery is left to your discretion.”
Kate Middleton wore an emerald green dress with a Philip Tracy hat, 36 of which were worn at Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in 2001.
William wore a red military uniform, a traditional bearskin hat and a medal on his chest as he approached the big day.
His horse Derby, a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the late Queen, who died in September at the age of 96, led her grandmother’s moving funeral procession last year.
Trooping the Color is held annually to commemorate Charles’ official but actual birthday at age 74.
Its origins date back to Charles II in the 17th century. In those days, the colors of the regiment were placed in front of the soldiers so that they could recognize their unit during battle.
Prince Charles, who was crowned with Camilla on May 6, waved to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Red Arrows led a fly pass tribute commemorating Trooping the Color. Together with senior members of the active royal family, he had a big smile on his face.
Three Hercules aircraft roared past, leaving George and Louis visibly stunned by the planes.
Eighteen typhoons that make up the initials CR passed through the skies of London.
A stunning red arrow then painted the sky in reds, whites and blues as fans cheered along with the royal family beneath the palace’s balconies.
Standing next to Charles on the balcony were William, the Royal Princess, and the Duke of Edinburgh.
When the clock struck 11:00 a.m., Charles was saluted before the national anthem was played at the Horse Guards Parade.
The event involved a total of about 1,500 soldiers and several hundred Royal Guards lined up on the parade ground awaiting the King’s inspection.
Police and paramedics had to help a female soldier who fainted during the procession.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not attend the event.
In another sign that Prince Charles is sticking to his reported plans for a more “lean” monarchy, the children of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, James Windsor, Earl of Wessex, and James Windsor, Earl of Wessex, are on the balcony this year. Notably, there was no Lady Louise Windsor.
The late Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra, 86, was also absent from Trooping the Color this year.