Prince Louis Wore The Outfit That Prince Harry Wore As A Baby At Trooping The Colour

Jul 21, 2021 by apost team

It’s customary for the royal family to celebrate and commemorate events throughout the year and when it comes to their birthdays, sometimes it’s twice a year. Queen Elizabeth II has two birthdays recognized — the day she was born on April 21, 1926, and her “official” birthday in June. This day is commemorated by the annual Trooping the Colour event.

Normally, the ceremony features over 1,400 parading soldiers, 400 musicians, 200 horses, and many onlookers, according to The Royal Household’s official website. The parade, which usually starts from Buckingham Palace, even closes with a patriotic showing from the Royal Air Force.

The tradition didn't actually begin with Elizabeth, but rather King George II, all the way back in 1748. The reason is actually due to the weather — King George II's birthday was in November, which is a terrible month for weather in Britain. In order to best celebrate outdoors, it was decided that a big outdoor celebration would take place in June to make use of the better summer weather. Ever since, the Trooping the Colour event has taken place in June, regardless of when the ruling monarch's actual birthday is.

It is also an opportunity for royal fans to see immediate members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony, who are dressed up to enjoy the festivities. In 2019, Prince Louis took part in his very first "Trooping The Colour" event, and he was dressed in an outfit that had already made a debut way back in 1986 by his uncle Prince Harry. 

Catherine, Prince Louis (2019), (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

In 2019, a then-5-year-old Prince George and then-3-year-old Princess Charlotte joined their family on the balcony, but it was their little brother, Prince Louis who stole the show with his exuberant waving. It was the 1-year-old’s first Trooping the Colour and it seemed like he was a natural at royal ceremonies.

There was a deja vu moment with the little boy’s appearance though because Louis was wearing the same white shirt with blue embroidery that his uncle Prince Harry wore in 1986, reported Harper's Bazaar. in 1986, it was Harry’s second Trooping the Colour event, and in old photos, Harry is seen being held by Princess Anne, who donned a gorgeous yellow dress. Kate Middleton channeled the same color as she wore a pastel yellow dress in 2019 for the event and even had the same tilt of the hat as Anne. These photos were like a mirror through time.

Town and Country reported that Louis's garment choice might have been intentional, as it is alluding to the analogy that he is the second brother in the family, much like Harry. When he reaches adulthood, Louis's royal life and duties may resemble that of Harry. 

The Royal Family makes it a point to recycle the clothing that previous generations have worn. The choice of classic attire with timeless silhouettes, patterns, and colors makes sure that the clothes can be passed on through time. Royal fans on social media have noticed that Prince George actually wore the same outfit in 2015 that his dad wore to the 1984 Trooping the Colour, and once again emulated his dad at his sister’s christening.

Queen Elizabeth II (2021), (Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Queen Elizabeth celebrated this year's Trooping The Colour without any family members present. Sadly, this year, just shy of her 95th birthday on April 21, the queen lost her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9.

Elizabeth was escorted to the event by her cousin, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent. While she was not all alone for the event, it was certainly a poignant event due to Philip's death on April 9, 2021. This is the first time that the queen is celebrating both her own birthday and her official birthday without her faithful husband by her side in over seven decades. The couple was well-loved and even their seven-decade-long marriage held the title of the longest marriage in the British monarchy.

With only 275 people in the parade, the queen's celebration was much smaller than usual due to COVID-19. Still, the parade was much bigger than the 2020 Trooping the Colour parade, which only had 85 soldiers.

For the event, Elizabeth opted to wear an elegant grey coat dress and matching hat. The queen is rarely ever seen not wearing a brooch for most royal events, and this special occasion was no exception. She wore the gorgeous Aquamarine Art Deco brooch, which is an aquamarine gem at its center and surrounded with diamonds. The news outlet reported that this is a rare piece of jewelry in the queen’s varied collection. 

According to the Court Jeweller, the brooch has a unique shape and design, which suggests that it may be able to be separated and worn as a pair of clips. The brooch originally belonged to the Queen Mother and was passed down to Elizabeth in 2002.

Zara Phillips, Princess Diana, Prince William, Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne, Prince Harry (1986), (Tim Graham Photo Library/Getty Images)

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