How Kate Middleton’s Emerald “Trooping the Color” Dress Indicates Her New Military Role | Tatler

The bespoke coat dress, in its eye-catching shade of emerald green, is a new creation by certified royal designer Andrew Gn, and a favorite of perpetually elegant Queen Rania of Jordan. It featured bold decorative buttons adorned with blue and green gemstones that added a welcome touch of glamor to the classic look. She finished the look with a coordinating hat by Philip Treacy (who also designed Queen Camilla’s hat) and a Cartier shamrock brooch steeped in meaning.

The amazing carriage procession

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The delicate gold brooch with emerald centerpiece is owned by the Irish Guards and was also loaned to members of the royal family during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (Kate Middleton wore the piece earlier this year). Some sources claim that the gift belonged to Queen Alexandra, who presented shamrocks during a visit by the Irish Guards shortly after the turn of the century. It was first depicted, however, when worn by the Queen Mother (who served as the regiment’s colonel-in-chief), and also worn by Princess Anne. The Princess of Wales took over the position of colonel in the Irish Guards from her husband in December.

Trooping the Color this year was particularly poignant because it was the first of King Charles III’s reign. Notably, His Majesty the King is riding a horse, which is the first time that a monarch has done so in more than 30 years. Also participating in the extraordinary military parade was the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards.

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