At the end of a day of heroic war-time commemoration for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Kate Middleton added her solidarity with members of the armed forces.
The princess, wearing a cream-colored fur dress from her go-to designer Catherine Walker & Co., awarded her Irish Guards golden clover broch, took the salute during a military parade that announced the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth‘s official birthday on Saturday .
It is the first time that the mother of three, 37, received the greeting during the spectacular musical, known as Beating the Retreat, where 750 soldiers from the Household Division entertained 13,000 spectators with military music, horseback riding, precision exercises, floats and fireworks.
The name Beating the Retreat dates from the 16th century and refers to a drum group that was used to recall units to their garrison. It has evolved into a musical ceremonial event. The Horse Guards Parade takes place every year for two nights just before the Queen’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Color.
This year’s show has the theme “Icons of a nation” and captures the varied roles of the soldiers of the Household Division. The soldiers and women, famous for guarding royal palaces and residences, to mark the opening of the parliament by the state and to parade for the birthday of the queen, wore their ceremonial uniforms when they were the show of music and displays of precise created marching formations.
The music program included theme music from The Longest Day, a film about the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944, while the final included “The Earl of Mansfield”, “Theme from Henry V” and “The She’s My Shepherd / Amazing Grace”. . “The evening ended with the moving” Last Post “played.
Like bands from the Household Division, including the Household Cavalry and five Foot Guards regiments, Kate and the many spectators were entertained by The Band, Pipe and Drums of the Royal Guard of Oman; The Band and Pipes of the Royal Regiment of Scotland; The Band of the Honorable Artillery Company; London Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums; National Cadet Force Pipes and Drums; The Royal British Legion Band and Corps of Drums Romford; and The Royal Choral Society.
It was a busy week for the royal family. After three days of the state visit in which the queen, 93, host Donald Trump, and the solemn celebrations of the courage of those who participated in D-Day 75 years ago, they will mark the Queen’s birthday this weekend on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.