Co-ordinating queens: When Kate and Camilla got the Trooping the Colour style memo and were always in sync

Held in honour of the reigning sovereign’s birthday, the annual Trooping the Colour event has seen many colourful moments, particularly the fashion choices of Kate and Camilla.

Over the years, these two royal icons have repeatedly chosen to wear outfits in strikingly similar colours and styles.

The fashion twinning hasn’t stopped at their clothes, with accessories including hats and jewellery also showing a remarkable alignment.

It was only last year, when the pair stepped into their respective roles of Queen Consort and the Princess of Wales after the death of Queen Elizabeth, that their outfits were contrasting.

But read on to see how, since Kate’s debut Trooping the Colour in 2011, she and Camilla have regularly been on the same fashion page.

2011 

For Kate's debut Trooping the Colour in 2011, she coordinated her outfit with Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall

For Kate’s debut Trooping the Colour in 2011, she coordinated her outfit with Camilla, then the Duchess of Cornwall

For her debut Trooping the Colour in 2011, the newlywed Duchess of Cambridge dressed in a cream double-breasted coat by Alexander McQueen.

She paired the outfit with a contrasting black Sylvia Fletcher for Lock & Co hat.

Camilla opted for a similarly structured cream outfit, complemented by the Philip Treacy wide-brimmed hat which she wore to her civil wedding ceremony in 2005.

Their coordinated appearance was subtle yet significant, marking the start of their fashion alignment.

2012

Another Trooping the Colour and another chance to coordinate. This time the royal pair opted for a light blue colour palette.

Kate matched her Jane Corbett millinery with a floral embroidered bespoke Erdem dress.

Camilla chose a slightly darker blue ensemble by Anna Valentine, which was printed in a similar silver floral pattern.

Another Trooping the Colour and another chance to coordinate. This time, in 2012, the royal pair opted for a light blue colour palette

Another Trooping the Colour and another chance to coordinate. This time, in 2012, the royal pair opted for a light blue colour palette

2016

In 2016, Camilla and Kate were back to their most matchy matchy, with each selecting a cream coat to wear on the occasion.

Kate wore a recycled coat dress by Alexander McQueen that she previously wore at Princess Charlotte’s christening.

Camilla’s coat was layered over a cream dress. Both royals wore similar hats with delicate floral accents which completed their individual yet harmonious styles.

In 2016, Camilla and Kate were back to their most matchy matchy, with each selecting a cream coat to wear on the occasion. Kate wore a recycled coat dress by Alexander McQueen that she previously wore at Princess Charlotte's christening

In 2016, Camilla and Kate were back to their most matchy matchy, with each selecting a cream coat to wear on the occasion. Kate wore a recycled coat dress by Alexander McQueen that she previously wore at Princess Charlotte’s christening

Camilla's coat was layered over a cream dress. Both royals wore similar hats with delicate floral accents which completed their individual yet harmonious styles

Camilla’s coat was layered over a cream dress. Both royals wore similar hats with delicate floral accents which completed their individual yet harmonious styles

2018

It was muted ice blue tones in 2018, with the Duchess of Cambridge dressed in a light blue, square-necked dress by Alexander McQueen, one of her go-to designers.

She paired the dress with a hat by Juliette Botterill.

Camilla matched in a powder blue Fiona Clare coat and dress accessorised with classic yet statement pearl jewellery (in contrast to Kate’s diamonds).

It was muted ice blue tones in 2018, with the Duchess of Cambridge dressed in a light blue, square-necked dress by Alexander McQueen, one of her go-to designers. She paired the dress with a hat by Juliette Botterill

It was muted ice blue tones in 2018, with the Duchess of Cambridge dressed in a light blue, square-necked dress by Alexander McQueen, one of her go-to designers. She paired the dress with a hat by Juliette Botterill

Camilla matched in a powder blue Fiona Clare coat and dress accessorised with classic yet statement pearl jewellery (in contrast to Kate's diamonds)

Camilla matched in a powder blue Fiona Clare coat and dress accessorised with classic yet statement pearl jewellery (in contrast to Kate’s diamonds)

2019 

The complementing tradition continued in 2019 with Kate in a pale yellow Alexander McQueen dress and the Duchess of Cornwall in a pastel green ensemble with matching detail.

Sticking with a muted colour palette, both royals wore oversized headpieces topped with large floral adornments.

Both of their hats were by Philip Treacy.

The complementing tradition continued in 2019 with Kate in a pale yellow Alexander McQueen dress and the Duchess of Cornwall in a pastel green ensemble with matching detail

The complementing tradition continued in 2019 with Kate in a pale yellow Alexander McQueen dress and the Duchess of Cornwall in a pastel green ensemble with matching detail 

2022

In 2022, the two future queens rode side-by-side in blue and white stripes and hats from the same designer.

Kate opted for a white blazer-style dress with sharp lapels and a flared skirt by Alexander McQueen which was previously worn in 2017, with a white-and-blue Philip Treacy hat.

Camilla also recycled a previously worn outfit, choosing a blue striped dress by Bruce Oldfield with a hat also by Philip Treacy.

In 2022, Kate opted for a white blazer-style dress with sharp lapels and a flared skirt by Alexander McQueen which was previously worn in 2017, with a white-and-blue Philip Treacy hat. Camilla also recycled a previously worn outfit, choosing a blue striped dress by Bruce Oldfield with a hat also by Philip Treacy

In 2022, Kate opted for a white blazer-style dress with sharp lapels and a flared skirt by Alexander McQueen which was previously worn in 2017, with a white-and-blue Philip Treacy hat. Camilla also recycled a previously worn outfit, choosing a blue striped dress by Bruce Oldfield with a hat also by Philip Treacy

2023

Last year marked a historic moment for Kate and Camilla as they assumed their new roles as Princess of Wales and Queen Consort, respectively.

Their Trooping the Colour outfits were a poignant nod to the past while embracing their future responsibilities.

Camilla paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a military-inspired ensemble reminiscent of the late Queen’s iconic look in 1964.

Last year, Camilla paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a military-inspired ensemble reminiscent of the late Queen's iconic look in 1964

Queen Elizabeth waves alongside her husband Prince Philip and son Prince Andrew as she holds baby Prince Edward at Trooping the Colour in 1964

Last year, Camilla paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by wearing a military-inspired ensemble reminiscent of the late Queen’s iconic look in 1964. Her outfit featured a Fiona Clare coat dress with epaulettes to reflect her military rank and a Philip Treacy hat that was a sophisticated take on the iconic bearskin hats worn by the Grenadier Guards

Kate, in a touching homage to Diana, wore a striking green Andrew Gn dress, echoing the late Princess's memorable outfit from 1988

Diana on the Buckingham Palace balcony holding a young Prince Harry in 1988

Kate, in a touching homage to Diana, wore a striking green Andrew Gn dress, echoing the late Princess’s memorable outfit from 1988. Worn with a matching wide-brimmed hat by Philip Treacy, she completed the look with sapphire and diamond earrings that previously belonged to Diana

Her outfit featured a Fiona Clare coat dress with epaulettes to reflect her military rank and a Philip Treacy hat that was a sophisticated take on the iconic bearskin hats worn by the Grenadier Guards.

Kate, in a touching homage to Diana, wore a striking green Andrew Gn dress, echoing the late Princess’s memorable outfit from 1988.

Worn with a matching wide-brimmed hat by Philip Treacy, she completed the look with sapphire and diamond earrings that previously belonged to Diana, as well as the Irish Guards’ special gold shamrock brooch.

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