The Duchess of Cambridge was cheered by thousands as she took the royal salute at the Beating Retreat military pageant. For the June 6 event, which is a key part of the army’s ceremonial calendar and raises money for service charities, Kate wore a custom cream Catherine Walker coat and matching accessories.
The bespoke design, which has an inserted waistband, off-centre front closure, front pockets and dark trim, was created by the French-born, London-based designer for the Cambridge’s 2016 tour of Canada.
Kate also wore it for Easter 2017 service in Windsor. At this year’s iteration of the annual Horse Guards Parade, Kate accented the colour with Mulberry’s tan “Amberley” clutch, Gianvito Rossi’s “105” pumps in praline, Cassandra Goad pearl “Cavolfiore” earrings and Cartier’s Irish Guards shamrock brooch.
Military Beating Retreat concerts date back to the 1690s, when the sounding of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp.
Today, Kensington Palace explained via Instagram, it is a “spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks”.
It precedes the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or Trooping The Colour, on June 8, where the royal family will turn out in force to support and honour the monarch.
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Last year, Kate took a day off her maternity leave with Prince Louis to celebrate the sovereign, so it is thought that Meghan, who introduced her first-born, baby Archie, to the world on May 8, may do the same.