Kate Middleton Turned to an Unexpected Designer for Her Bright Green Trooping the Colour Suit

Today marks the first Trooping the Colour ceremony since King Charles III’s ascension to the throne—and Kate Middleton’s first since assuming her new title of Princess of Wales.

Fitting, then, that she eschewed her usual Alexander McQueen tailoring in favor of something a little more daring: a custom look by Singapore-born, Paris-based designer Andrew Gn, paired with a Philip Treacy hat. The shamrock green hue is, of course, a nod to Kate’s role as colonel of the Irish guards—as is the Cartier brooch affixed to her lapel, which the Princess of Wales also wore on St. Patrick’s Day earlier this year. Technically owned by the guards themselves, the gold design is loaned out to royal women associated with the regiment and has been worn by both the Queen Mother and Princess Anne in the past.

Lady Gaga in an Andrew Gn design in 2021

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This marks the first time Kate Middleton has worn Gn’s designs in public (another royal, though, Queen Rania of Jordan, has been a fan of his work for years; she wore a black crepe dress from the label to announce her son’s engagement). Having graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and the Domus Academy in Milan, Gn decamped to France to work with Emanuel Ungaro, where he honed his exquisite craftsmanship before a brief stint at the helm of Balmain. 

Today he’s known for the elaborate references that inspire his creations—from 16th-century Ottoman porcelain to the wardrobe of Louis XV’s lover Madame de Pompadour to his Japanese grandmother’s 19th-century kimonos—with an archive of more than 10,000 pieces.

Kate completed her Trooping the Colour look with sapphire and diamond drop earrings, which once belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

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