Although the Queen's birthday is April 21st, it has long been tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in June, when good weather is more likely. Her Majesty has attended Trooping the Colour, every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event.
Kate was all smiles as she appeared to spot someone in the crowd.
On horseback were Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, Prince Charles, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, and the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals.
Prince Philip was noticeably absent from this year's celebrations. The 92-year old underwent an exploratory operation at the private London Clinic last Friday after which he was said to be "progressing satisfactorily". Yesterday, Prince Charles, Camilla, William and Harry visited him and said he was feeling "much better". No doubt he will be sorry to have missed this year's parade, as last year he attended just one week after receiving treatment for a bladder infection. He is expected to remain in hospital for two weeks and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
The Queen invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent to join her in the glass coach for the journey from Buckingham Palace along the mall. Looking regal in a blue coat, Her Majesty completed the look with a striking white and blue hat.
Royal photographer Mark Stewart shared a photo of Buckingham Palace looking splendid in the sunshine via Twitter.
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More than 1600 officers and soldiers took part in the traditional display of military pageantry. More on this year's parade from HM Armed Forces Facebook Page:
'There were more than 200 horses on parade, and more than 400 musicians from all the Household Division Bands & Corps of Drums marched and played as one. The famous Drum Horses of the Mounted Bands with their immaculately waxed moustaches were also on parade.'
I was interested to read Trooping the Colour actually originated from traditional preparations for battle. Colours, or flags were trooped down the rank so it could be seen by the soldiers. In 1748, it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday.
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The Royal Family assembled on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force perform a flypast at 1 p.m.
The flypast is always an unforgettable part of the event and today was no exception.
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Harry never fails to make Kate smile on the balcony.
Today marks the third consecutive year Kate has attended the event. In 2011, the Duchess opted for a McQueen coat-dress and last year she chose an Erdem dress.
Kate looked elegant in a pink coat with a heavy collar, three-quarter length sleeve and pearl buttons. It is said to be a bespoke Alexander McQueen piece. The Duchess seems to favour light pinks, it's a colour we've seen her opt for many times and it's an excellent choice for her colouring. I thought it an excellent choice for the event and it looked like a comfortable garment for Kate who is eight months pregnant.
Kate brought back her pink Jane Corbett hat.
Kate accessorised with pearl earrings.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)