Kate's nod to Wills: Princess rewears Philip Treacy hat from 2006

Kate’s heartwarming nod to William: Princess of Wales rewears Philip Treacy hat she first debuted at husband’s Passing Out Parade to Remembrance Sunday Service

  • The royal, 41, watched her husband with pride from the Whitehall balcony 
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The Princess of Wales paid sweet tribute to Prince William at the Remembrance Sunday Service in London today. 

The royal mother-of-three, 41, looked effortlessly elegant in a black military-inspired Alexander McQueen coat as she appeared on the balcony in front of the Cenotaph with Queen Camilla.

Kate teamed her coat, which she first wore in 2019, with a pair of pearl and diamond earrings – thought to have once belonged to the late Queen. 

Along with her trio of red poppies, the Princess of Wales finished off her ensemble with a black Philip Treacy hat – complete with a black velvet bow.

The royal has owned the timelessly elegant accessory since 2006 – when she wore it watch her future husband’s passing out parade at Sandhurst.

Pictured: Princess of Wales, 41, watched her husband with pride during the Remembrance Sunday service this morning

Pictured: Kate Middleton first wore the black Philip Treacy hat to watch Prince William in his Passing Out Parade at Sandhurst in 2006

At the time, the mother-of-three had only just graduated from St Andrews University and was working as an accessory buyer for the high street store Jigsaw.

This event marked one of her first public appearances as Prince William’s girlfriend – indicating the seriousness of their relationship. 

Prince William was among dozens of trainees officers at Sandhurst who took part in the military ceremony, which was also attended by the late Queen.

For the occasion, Kate paired her velvet hat with a red coat, black lace-trimmed dress, leather gloves and knee-high boots.

In a sweet nod to Prince William’s military service, the Princess chose today to rewear her vintage hat – as she watched her husband laying a wreath at the war memorial with pride.

The mother-of-three also wore a silver brooch, which she was awarded when she became Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm earlier this year.

The royals maintained a period of two minutes’ silence to mark the fallen soldiers. 

As the royal family attended the Cenotaph to take part in the service, they joined army officers and prominent UK politicians.

In 2006, Kate paired her velvet hat with a red coat, black lace-trimmed dress, leather gloves and knee-high boots

The key event in Prince William’s military career was also attended by his late grandmother The Queen

Among them were prime minister Rishi Sunak and leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer.

Former UK prime ministers including Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major were also present.

Following Prince William’s passing out parade in 2006, the future king was described as a ‘normal guy’ by his peers of trainee officers.

Junior Under Officer Angela Laycock, who was in William’s Blenheim Platoon, described how the young royal fitted in with the other cadets.

She said: ‘I’ve not really noticed anything different to be honest. The first loaded march we had a bit of a detour to avoid some photographers.He’s just a normal guy that gets stuck in like everybody else.

‘The only difference is that sometimes we’ll see his name in the paper and you didn’t notice he’d been off that evening doing a charity do. I don’t know how he manages to fit that in.’

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