Kate Middleton returned to the public eye on Saturday:

The Princess of Wales attended Trooping The Colour in London wearing a stunning white and black dress and matching hat for her first public appearance of 2024.

Kate’s been out of the public eye for the last six months following abdominal surgery in January, and her subsequent cancer diagnosis.

Despite a difficult few months, the Princess looked well and in good spirits:

She courageously shared her health news with the public back in March, announcing her decision to stay out of the spotlight as she began a course of “preventative chemotherapy.”

After three months away, the Princess uploaded a statement uploaded to social media on Friday. Giving an update about her health, Kate announced that she’d attend Trooping the Colour. She also confirmed that she’s “making good progress” but that she is “not out of the woods yet”, and that she’s still receiving treatment.

Kate added that she’s experiencing “good days and bad days” and that she plans to “join a few public engagements” over the summer if she continues to feel well.

Trooping the Colour, also known as The King’s Birthday Parade, is an annual military ceremony celebrating the official birthday of the British Sovereign.

The event showcases a patriotic display involving hundreds of soldiers, horses, and musicians in the King’s honour.

This year’s parade involved 242 military working horses, 250 military musicians, 40 pipers and drummers, an extremely large dog, and more than a thousand dual-role soldiers of the British Army’s Household Division. (Below, the Irish Guards’ regimental Irish Wolfhound mascot Turlough Mor.)

The parade begins at Buckingham Palace with a procession down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade.

The Princess of Wales was joined by her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The Wales children looked smart in their coordinating outfits, matching their mother’s monochrome ensemble. This is the third time the children have accompanied their mother at the parade to date.

This year, Kate rode in the Glass Coach.

The Glass Coach is one of the primary ceremonial carriages of the British royal family. Created in 1881, it was purchased by The Crown for the coronation of King George V in 1911.

The Glass Coach makes appearances at various state events each year but is most famously known for its role in royal weddings. It transported Princess Margaret to her wedding in 1960 and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. It also carried Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh after their wedding in 1947.

This is the first time in 12 years that Kate has processed in the Glass Coach — I expect it was a decision made for her comfort, to shelter her from the cold and rain given her diagnosis. I believe Queen Elizabeth II rode in the coach during 2012’s Trooping the Colour for similar reasons.

The weather was particularly unseasonable this year. It was a very wet and windy day:

During some moments of the parade, the glass windows became misty with condensation. The princes and princesses attempted to clean the windows with their hands so they could still wave to the gathered crowds:

William didn’t join his immediate family in the carriage. As is tradition, the keen and experienced horseman took part in the procession on horseback. This year, he saddled a horse named Darby.

In his role as honorary Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Prince wore the regiment’s distinctive red uniform and traditional bearskin cap.

He rode alongside his uncle, Prince Edward and aunt, Princess Anne.

King Charles usually rides in the parade on horseback too. This year, he decided to travel by carriage, following his own cancer diagnosis and treatment.

He rode in the Scottish State Coach with the Queen.

Here’s the Duchess of Edinburgh in the procession. She opted for a beautiful sunny yellow hue:

Her Daughter, Lady Louise in blue florals:

The procession arrived at Horse Guard’s Parade where the traditional ceremony took place:

Once the Sovereign has arrived at Horse Guard’s Parade in Whitehall, they are greeted by a Royal salute and carry out an inspection of the troops, who are fully trained and operational soldiers wearing the ceremonial uniform of red tunics and bearskin hats.

After the military bands have performed, the escorted Regimental Colour, or flag, is processed down the ranks of soldiers. Over one hundred words of command are used by the Officer in Command of the Parade to direct the several hundred soldiers.

Once the Foot Guards have marched past the Sovereign, they ride back to Buckingham Palace at the head of the soldiers, before taking the salute again at the Palace from a dais.


The king, on the dais, watching the proceedings:

This year, the Irish Guards ‘trooped their colour’ (or carried their flag) through the ranks.

The practice dates back to the 17th century when the colours served as rallying points on the battlefield. The honour to ‘Troop the Colour’ rotates through the five regiments of Foot Guards.

King Charles watching the proceedings with Camilla:

Saluting the guardsmen:

Kate and the Wales family watching from a nearby window.

Last year, the Princess had a seat outside on the dais (pictured below). I expect she watched from inside this year due to the awful weather and her health condition.

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After the ceremony, the Royal Family made their way inside Buckingham Palace, to the famous balcony.

Here, they watched the conclusion of the parade, an RAF fly-past.

Here’s a stunning view of the display from above:

A wide shot of the royals waving to the gathered crowds:

The Wales family on the balcony:

Giving everyone a wave:

Kate, Charles and Charlotte:

Sharing a joke:

On Saturday afternoon, the Prince and Princess’s team uploaded a video to their official social media account. The 20 second clip features Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis leaving Buckingham Palace and getting into the Glass Coach. Watch carefully and you’ll see an enthusiastic Louis hop down a set of white steps as his mother, sister and brother walk across a red carpet:

This is Kate’s 12th Trooping the Colour parade since joining the Royal Family in 2011. For both fans of the Princess and style watchers, her appearances have become a highlight of the event. Let’s take a deep-dive into her ensemble.


Kate returned to the public eye with her trademark elegance and usual poise.  Her whole look was sartorial perfection!

She chose a polished white dress by Jenny Packham, the palace confirmed.  The fitted knee-length silhouette, which has become a signature style for the Princess in recent years, is adorned with black accents.

The frock features a statement bow at the neckline and contrasting stripes at the waist.

It’s a bespoke piece, designed just for the Princess. The silhouette reminds me of this Jenny Packham dress Kate owns in three different colours:

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn Kate’s rewearing the white dress on the right, refashioned with a new waist trim and a bow added to the neckline. It would be a sustainable choice for the Princess.

I think Jenny Packham knew Kate would wear the white dress for the occasion.  18 hours before the parade began, the designer shared this VERY similar creation to her Instagram and Facebook pages:

That waist belt is the same as the one on Kate’s dress. The length of the dress and back vent look similar too. Though the two pieces are not identical—this dress has more pronounced shoulders, an added peplum and a collar.

Packham first uploaded the white dress to her social media pages eight weeks ago, to promote her collaboration with Net-A-Porter, a cocktail collection said to be inspired by “Capote’s Swans and the glittering energy of 1960s New York City”.

The capsule collection featured “empowering, streamlined and architectural silhouettes” in a “colour-blocking palette” with “minimal and impactful” embellishments according to the designer.  Kate’s Trooping frock certainly fits this brief.

Let’s look at a few more pieces in the collection. The sky blue dress is WOW:

Check out the full collection on Net-A-Porter.com. The black and white frock is still available to buy in a range of sizes from UK 4-20. It’s described as the “honeybee” style and is cut from crepe. It retails for £1,640 / $1,764.

Jenny Packham is one of Kate’s go-to dress designers, her creations have graced many of Kate’s high-profile events. Perfect if you’re hoping to infuse your wardrobe with a touch of regal sophistication and timeless glamour.

Let’s move on to Kate’s hat now. It’s by Philip Treacy. It’s the OC 155 design (identified by Innominate via RegalFille). Kate’s sported similar designs from the milliner in recent years.

The wide-brimmed design added a dramatic flair to the outfit.  The piece, white with a black trim, coordinated seamlessly with the dress.

Philip Treacy is a legendary Irish milliner known for his bold, sculptural hat designs. Kate’s been wearing his creations for years. Educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and the Royal College of Art in London, Treacy quickly rose to fame, working with top fashion houses like Chanel. His hats are iconic at events like the Royal Ascot and royal weddings. Treacy’s pieces are not just accessories but wearable art, favoured by celebrities and fashion enthusiasts worldwide.

Kate carried a simple yet chic black clutch with her outfit. The versatile accessory complemented the black details of her dress and hat. It’s the Mulberry Bayswater wallet in suede.

The elegant clutch has a turn-key closure at the front and a patch pocket on the back.  Kate’s carried it to more than 60+ public engagements since its debut in 2013. It’s easily one of her most-carried handbags to date.

Mulberry no longer manufacture this exact Bayswater Wallet, sadly.  Looking for a similar slim-line bag to buy? Check out their East West Bayswater Clutch Bag instead. Their Amberley Clutch is another good option.

Mulberry is staple in Kate Middleton’s accessory collection, they’re one of her go-to handbag brands. We’ve spotted the Princess carrying more than 10 of the label’s designs since joining the Royal Family in 2011, and we know she had one of two styles in her closet before then too.

We suspect Kate’s office has a direct line to the brand.  She sometimes carries designs that differ from those available in the company’s off-the-shelf offering.

Mulberry is synonymous with luxury British craftsmanship. Renowned for its elegant handbags and timeless leather goods, the brand’s appeal lies in its impeccable quality and classic designs. Ideal for anyone seeking to invest in high-quality, timeless accessories that blend luxury with everyday practicality.

Let’s look at Kate’s white shoes next. The white pointed-toe pumps, a classic and elegant footwear option, maintained the ensemble’s streamlined look. I believe they’re by Jimmy Choo. The 85 Romy style in white leather. The Princess added the shoes to her collection in 2021. She’s worn them on eight previous occasions, in public, to date.

The Romy is a signature style for Jimmy Choo. They feature a pointed toe and a slim 85mm heel.

Sadly, Jimmy Choo do not currently sell the ROMY 85 in white leather. Looking for something similar for an event this summer? Shop the Romy 85 in platinum glitter, the Love 85 in cream leather or the Cass 95 in latte patent.

Jimmy Choo is another staple in Kate’s sophisticated wardrobe. I rank them as her second most-worn shoe brand.

Jimmy Choo is synonymous with luxury footwear and timeless elegance. Known for their stunning stilettos and elegant flats, the brand provides the perfect finishing touch to Kate’s regal ensembles. The brand is ideal for anyone looking to elevate their wardrobe with exquisitely crafted shoes that exude elegance and sophistication.

The Princess accessorised with an Irish Guards Regimental Brooch, reflecting her position as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

The brooch echoes the Irish Guards’ regimental badge, featuring a shamrock in the middle of a star design.  I believe this is the first time we’ve seen the Princess wear the creation. Similar ‘Cap Badges’ sell for affordable prices on eBay.

Lastly, the Princess finished her look with the ‘Cavolfiore’ pearl earrings by Cassandra Goad.

The beautifully crafted earrings were inspired by the blooming clusters of cauliflower (“cavolfiore” in Italian, hence the name). The studs are fashioned in 18ct yellow gold and adorned with seven pearls, accented with diamonds totalling 0.3 carats.

We first spotted Kate wearing the earrings at Prince Louis’s Christening in July 2018. Since their debut, she has chosen them for a multitude of significant occasions, including the 2023 Wimbledon Ladies Finals.

The Cavolfiore pearl earrings are still available for purchase. They are priced at £5,620. Find them at cassandragoad.com.

Kate only owns two pieces of Cassandra Goad jewellery (that we know of). The UK-based jewellery designer launched her business in 1985 with a store located on London’s prestigious Sloane Street. Her designs are crafted with the intention of longevity, meant to be passed down through generations.

Goad’s pieces are known for their classic elegance, with a focus on fine materials and durability, aimed at clients who value timeless design and quality. The Cavolfiore Pearl Studs are part of the label’s Journey to Sicily collection, which draws inspiration from the island’s vibrant markets and natural splendour.

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