Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate Tackle Mother-Daughter Matching Their Way at Trooping the Colour

Family fashion has never been so meaningful.

Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte on the balcony of buckingham palace for trooping the colour
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For the royals, the annual Trooping the Colour is always a family affair. With Princess Kate Middleton deciding to attend this year after a retreat from public life following her cancer diagnosis, the event was even more meaningful. So were the mother-daughter coordinating outfits she and her daughter, Princess Charlotte, wore in a show of family unity in front of the cameras.

Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate arrived at Buckingham Palace together early in the afternoon on Saturday, June 15, for King Charles III's birthday festivities. The pair coordinated outfits, but not in a copy-and-paste, identical fashion. Kate Middleton chose a white ribbon dress by Jenny Packham, featuring contrasting navy bows and a Philip Treacy hat in the same palette. By her side, Princess Charlotte wore almost the inverse: a navy dress with white ribbon detailing.

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Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte handled mother-daughter outfit coordination by wearing the inverse of one another's outfits, in shades of navy and white.

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Where mom Kate Middleton left her bows to one exaggerated embellishment on her knee-length dress's collar, Princess Charlotte doubled up on ribbons. Her hair was pulled into a half-up, half down style with a white bow fastened at the back. Meanwhile, the front of her dress featured a sailor collar with a matching white bow tied to the center.

In terms of footwear, mother and daughter also took a similar, but not quite the same, approach. Kate Middleton wore a pair of white pointed-toe pumps with a high heel, fit for a woman at the head of the family. Princess Charlotte also wore white footwear—in the form of dainty, doll-like Mary Janes. A closer look at both their outfits was made available through a behind-the-scenes video posted on the official Prince and Princess of Wales Instagram account.

Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate attend trooping the colour

Both Princess Charlotte and Princess Kate wore dresses in nautical shades of navy and white with bow-embellished collars.

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Working with stylist Natasha Archer, Middleton's choice to coordinate with her daughter likely came with intention. Last year, Princess Kate wore a brilliant green dress while Princess Charlotte dressed in white and red. For her first appearance in six months—and after a difficult journey with cancer treatment—it's poignant that Kate and Charlotte would so closely reference one another through their dresses.

The family coordination wasn't left to only Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte. Prince George and Prince Louis continued the navy and white theme with suits and white shirts, plus royal-blue ties. Prince William was the only member of the family who dressed outside the palette: As per tradition, he wore his full, formal military uniform.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, shelters from the rain with an umbrella as she walks with her children Britain's Prince George of Wales (C), Britain's Princess Charlotte of Wales (R) and Britain's Prince Louis of Wales back to the Glass State Coach at Horse Guards Parade during the King's Birthday Parade "Trooping the Colour" in London on June 15, 2024.

Princess Kate walked with her family at Trooping the Colour, showcasing her coordinating outfit with Princess Charlotte.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Louis of Wales and Princess Charlotte of Wales during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England.

Princess Kate and Princess Charlotte arrived at Trooping the Colour in a carriage with Prince Louis and Prince George.

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While Prince William processed into Buckingham Palace on horseback, Princess Kate joined her three children in a glass carriage. Reports says that spending time with Charlotte, George, and Louis was a main reason for Kate Middleton to surprise the world and attend this year's Trooping the Colour.

Instances of seeing the whole family together again will be rare moving forward: Princess Kate said in a statement that her health has made "progress," but she still expects to spend several more months in treatment. As such, summer appearances—with or without color-coordinating, mother-daughter outfits—will be limited in her return to royal life.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.