December 10, 2023


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A Busy Day for the Cambridges as Platinum Jubilee Weekend Wraps Up – What Kate Wore

Today we have not one, not two, but three Jubilee outfits to cover. The first was worn in photos released this morning on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram page, and the second is from a Big Jubilee Lunch the couple went to before the Pageant.

These ensembles are covered in a separate post I will get published in the next hour or two. We’ll cover the Duchess’s look for the Jubilee Pageant in this post.  

The Duchess wore Stella McCartney for today’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Above, you see the Cambridges arriving in the royal box. Behind them were Mike Tindall, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his wife, Carrie Johnson.

Another view of the Duchess and Prince Louis.

Below, the Duchess with Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and Prince William. In the row behind them, you see the Tindalls;  Mike, Mia, Lena, and Zara. 

The Pageant was the final event in the four-day series of celebrations marking the Queen’s 70-year reign. Below you see Prince Charles and Princess Anne; in the row behind them, Peter Phillips and his girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace.

The Duchess, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte. Behind the family, you see Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Mike Tindall.

Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, brought their one-year-old son August to the Pageant. In front the front row, you see the Duchess of Gloucester and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa.

Princess Beatrice and her husband were also at the Pageant and Mr. Mozzi’s son, Wolfie.

The national anthem. 

The Pageant was designed to “have all the excitement and spectacle of an international parade and carnival – awe-inspiring and filled with marvel and delight… combining street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume to celebrate Her Majesty’s unwavering duty, love of the natural world and dedication to the Commonwealth.”

Princess Charlotte with the Tindall girls, Savannah Phillips (floral headband), and Prince George. Also in the photo, Zara Phillips (behind Prince George), Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, and his wife, Victoria.

Prince Louis on his grandfather’s lap with the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne.

The Pageant had something for everyone.

Leading things off, the Gold State Coach.

It was a dramatic sight on the streets of London.

The Queen rode in the coach on her coronation day. Today holograms were used to recreate images from that historic day. 

Flags of the Commonwealth Nations were featured early in the Pageant.

Fortunately, the rain held off for the afternoon.

The Ministry of Defence reports that 1800 sailors, marines, soldiers, and aviators, as well as musicians from Armed Forces bands, put on a military musical spectacular to open the Pageant.

Another view.

Here is one more photo showing the military.

More about the event from The Telegraph’s coverage

…here it is in numbers – from hundreds of horses to billions of viewers…

  • 90: The age of the oldest cast member
  • 200: How many horses are taking part
  • 767: The amount of flags on display
  • 100,000: The number of people lining the route
  • One billion: The number of people expected to tune in from around the world

There were floats, like this one carrying Dave Myers, Sir Mo Farah, Gok Wan, Brian Conley, and Heston Blumenthal. 

Below, Sir Cliff Richard (back to camera in red, white, and blue jacket) waves at the royal box.

There were different depictions of the Queen.

Another version of HM.

And there were Corgis.

For a nanosecond, I thought the Corgis were real. 

There were dancers. 

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte as they watched the goings-on. 

The crowds were not the size seen for Trooping the Colour, but thousands gathered along the route. Below, the scene in Trafalgar Square.

We saw vintage British-made vehicles. 

And a massive dragon puppet called The Hatchling, taller than a double-decker bus, with 18 puppeteers. 

Revisiting things in the royal box, Prince Louis was quite the character again today.

Just as expressive as he was at Trooping the Colour on Thursday.

A tip of the tiara to any parent managing children at an event like this. Let alone several of them.

Especially when you are in front of television cameras and still photographers. 

Three hours is a long time for anyone to sit, let alone little ones. 

I loved this shot of the royal box; it had everything, including Dame Prue Leith, perhaps best known on this side of the pond as a Great British Bake Off judge.

Ms. Leith was also part of the Pageant. More from The Telegraph

 The Bake Off star’s drive hit a bump in the road when her Jaguar needed a push from volunteers to make it all the way down The Mall, but she waved excitedly to the crowds despite the slow progress.

Below, the car getting a push. 

Prince George enjoying the music.

And Prince Louis. 

Most watching the Pageant along the route knew the final act of the pageant was a live performance by Ed Sheeran. Thousands moved from the route to Buckingham Palace to watch him sing Perfect

More from The Evening Standard’s coverage

Ed Sheeran delivered an emotional rendition of his hit song Perfect to close the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

A montage of video clips of the Queen throughout her reign played as the pop superstar, 31, sang the romantic ballad while playing the guitar.

The song was chosen as a tribute to the monarch and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who featured in the nostalgic video footage.

After Mr. Sheeran performed, the crowds turned to the Buckingham Palace balcony, waiting to see HM. Below, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis take a peek out a palace window.

And then the doors opened, and the Queen walked out to a roar from the crowd.

Another view. 

The Cambridge children waving.

The national anthem was played.

It was a brief appearance, but one people had eagerly awaited.

Here is a one-minute video. 

Shortly after the appearance, Buckingham Palace released a statement from HM. 

While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.  

The Queen’s complete statement.

Here are thoughts about the Jubilee events from Victoria Murphy’s Town and Country column

The fact that the Queen was unable to attend even the selected events initially earmarked for her to aim to be at for her milestone jubilee has brought sharply into focus just how much of a new reality we are in with her schedule. Yet, she has also shown us this weekend that, while at 96 her physical abilities may be greatly reduced, her capacity to delight the public is greater than ever.

The Queen wore an ensemble by Stewart Parvin in double wool crepe, accessorized by gloves, a Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, and her diamond Bow Brooch.

Now for our look at what Kate wore. 

She was in a dress initially identified as an Alexander McQueen design. But several hours after that ID, we saw new information from The Telegraph via Middleton Maven.

The midi-length design showcases dramatic sleeves that balloon at the wrist, diagonal ruching or gathers at the shoulder and across the bodice, and lightly padded shoulders. The fabric is described as “raspberry red forest-friendly viscose” in this story from The Independent

The Duchess carried what looks like a new clutch from Emmy London, the Natasha style with piping. 

UPDATE JUNE 8: There is. brief video that provides a full-length view of the Duchess. Emma noticed the red heels worn by the Duchess and she suggests they are Emmy London’s Rebecca in Lipstick ($425).  I think she is spot-on, especially as they coordinate perfectly with the clutch.

The Duchess’s hair was down, and she wore the vintage floral cluster earrings we have seen just a few times. 

The earrings showcase a central flower on a bow-shaped base. Below you see them when worn in May of last year; the photos are better than those from today. 

I think Prince Louis shows how many are feeling after the busy weekend!


The BBC has more than two minutes in this highlight reel. 

 If looking for more in-depth coverage, Sky News has its full live coverage up. 

 Here is the Press Association’s 1:20 video of the balcony appearance. 

 Here is a one-minute recap. 


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