Kate and Sophie twin in blue as they represent the King at Buckingham Palace garden party
The Princess of Wales looked regal in powder blue this afternoon as she hosted a Buckingham Palace garden party with her husband and the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
Kate, 41, and Prince William, 40, were the picture-perfect couple as they greeted guests in the grounds of the royal residence in a post-coronation celebration. Duchess Sophie, 58, also chose a blue dress to join in with the fun while Prince Edward, 59, was smart in a top hat and tails – with even Princess Anne making an appearance.
The mother-of-three accessorised her Elie Saab dress and hat combo, which is a repeat of an outfit she once wore to Royal Ascot, with dazzling diamond and blue topaz ‘Lola’ earrings from Kiki McDonough and a clutch. Meanwhile her hair was styled in a sleek, intricate updo while her hat contained another floral headpiece – harking back to her show-stopping Coronation look.
She oozed glamour once again today after donning a more practical outfit yesterday while she joined The Big Help Out efforts with her children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, in Slough.
Today’s garden party invites 500 ‘coronation champions’ from across the country into the grounds of the royal residence to celebrate their volunteering achievements after they were rewarded by Queen Camilla in the Coronation Champions Awards in February 2023.
The Prince and Princess of Wales were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh to host the Coronation special Buckingham Palace Garden Party – and Kate and Sophie matched their outfits
As Kate began greeting the champions and thanked them for their hard work, she looked regal in the dress and hat combo, which was a slightly more jazzed-up look from her appearance at the Slough Big Help Out on Bank Holiday Monday.
Meanwhile Sophie stunned in a deeper shade of blue with a frilled midi-dress with a full skirt and looked just as regal alongside Prince Edward and the rest of the family.
As Kate and William walked down the steps outside the Palace and into the garden, the Princess of Wales beamed at her husband, who appeared to be drawing her attention to something.
As they teamed up with the Scouts yesterday, the Waleses got to work filling in holes and driving diggers – with the children treated to s’mores as a reward for their hard work.
While Kate directed her children and got stuck in to help out herself, she opted for a practical yet chic baby blue ‘Liberty’ Frill Neck Silk Shirt from Really Wild Clothing, costing £129.
Thrifty royals! Both Kate and Sophie recycled their dresses from looks they have previously worn to attend Royal Ascot (left, Kate in 2019; right, Sophie in 2022)
The Princess Royal also made a low-key appearance at the garden party – but didn’t get the memo about the blue outfits
Princess Anne wore a cream dress and coat combinationcomplete with a paisley pattern and cream gloves
Kate’s stylish updo was reminiscent of her Coronation ceremony hairstyle as she attended the garden party
The Princess of Wales glowed in the sunshine as she strolled around the Buckingham Palace garden
Prince Edward, 59, who has also been busy with Coronation events over the weekend including the Big Lunch on Sunday, looked smart in his top had and a red patterned tie
Also present at the garden party was the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, who is 30th in line to the throne
The Princess of Wales beamed and laughed as she appeared to spot a familiar face in the crowd of guests
Kate gestured as she chatted with a member of the military and another guest in a floral dress at the party
The Duchess of Edinburgh’s look almost completely matched the Princess of Wales – even down to the floral headpiece within the hat
Kate, 41, opted for a touch of blush and light eyeshadow to complete her look as she strolled across the grounds
The Princess’s stiletto pumps didn’t seem to faze her in the slightest despite the fact she was walking on grass – with barely a hair out of place on her head
The Princess beamed as she walked across the grounds of Buckingham Palace during the party
Kate, 41, accessorised with diamond teardrop earrings in the shape of a ring, while sporting the floral detailing on her hat
The Princess of Wales chatted to volunteers from the Scouts community as she greeted the guests
Kate looked deep in conversation as she chatted with the Scout members, as President of The Scout Association
Prince William shook the hand of Coronation Champion Dame Elizabeth Watts, 93, at the garden party
The Prince of Wales appeared to enjoy a good rapport with Dame Elizabeth, who beamed as she met him
Dame Elizabeth looked stunning in a green maxi dress with white floral prints to attend the party
The Princess looked elegant as always while chatting to the guests, including one proud Scot who wore his kilt
Prince William looked sharp in his top hat and tails (complete with an emergency umbrella) as he chatted to royal fans
The Prince of Wales appeared deep in conversation with the royal fans, who looked ready for summer with their breezy outfits
He loves his job! William beamed while chatting to the volunteers who are being honoured for their volunteering efforts
William, 41, wore a top hat and tails as he attended the garden party and looked eager to meet guests
The Princess of Wales looked regal in powder blue as she attended the special Coronation garden party at Buckingham Palace with Prince William
William and Kate hosted the garden party where they are meeting Coronation champions, being rewarded for their volunteering efforts
While the sun came out for the royals, Kate’s headpiece made for a great sun visor as it protected her eyes from the rays
The Princess, 41, dazzled in the recycled Elie Saab dress which she previously wore while attending Royal Ascot in 2019
Another floral headpiece! Kate’s hat featured a powder blue material rose, harking back to her dazzling floral tiara at the Coronation
Accessorising her look with metallic pumps and a metallic clutch bag, Kate sparkled while strolling through the grounds of the Palace
The Princess’s face lit up as she greeted one of the guests and began chatting, as host of the party
The shirt was paired with her black G-Star Raw skinny cargo trousers, which she previously wore in khaki to take part in emergency drills with the Irish Guards after becoming colonel of the battalion.
On her feet, she wore very sensible and hardy Blundstone 550 Chelsea boots.
It has been an extremely busy few days for the Prince and Princess, who shone at King Charles’s coronation on Saturday at Westminster Abbey.
Kate, along with eight-year-old Princess Charlotte, sported a stunning ivory silk crepe gown from Alexander McQueen to attend the event, and both opted for dazzling floral headpieces.
On top of her gown, which was embellished with the flowers of the four nations, Kate wore the Royal Victorian Order mantle.
To attend the coronation concert on Sunday evening, the Princess wore a crimson £2,280 Alexander McQueen suit.
She and her family danced the night away as acts including Take That, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie performed for the royals and thousands of fans who were lucky enough to get tickets to the concert, held at Windsor Castle.
And expert lip reader Jacqui Press revealed to FEMAIL what she believed Kate had said during a comedy skit which featured characters from The Muppets.
As Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog larked around on stage, they stopped to chat with the concert’s host, Hugh Bonneville.
The two characters walked up to the host, telling him they were ‘looking for their seats,’ explaining they were expected in the royal box.
Miss Piggy then exclaimed she couldn’t believe she didn’t have a castle yet, and asked Bonneville if he was single.
Kate Middleton particularly loved the skit, exclaiming: ‘that’s funny!’ as she sat next to her daughter Princess Charlotte.
Hugh Bonneville’s quip at Miss Piggy, calling her a ‘pig in a dress,’ particularly amused Prince William, as the royal repeated the words under his breath with a laugh.
Following an incredibly busy few days for the Wales family, Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, eight and Prince Louis, five, are back at school today, after their father joked he’d struggle to get them up this morning.
Speaking in Slough yesterday, William admitted his children were ‘so tired’ after three days of royal engagements – and no doubt the parents are feeling it too.
When Kate and William were spotted meeting royal fans in Windsor on Sunday afternoon ahead of the coronation concert, William told a royal fan who enquired about Charlotte that his exhausted eight-year-old was resting at home after the coronation.