Kate Middleton and Prince William have joined the Queen in the sunshine at a garden party at Buckingham Palace. The Duchess even chose to match the monarch's pastel colours with a pink Alexander McQueen coatdress accompanied by pearl earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana. The mum-of-three finished the look with nude suede pumps by Gianvito Rossi, a clutch by Loeffler Randall and a Juliette Botterill hat.
The Queen is in a pastel blue coat by Stewart Parvin with matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan - and sunglasses for the May sunshine. The Queen told one guest: "Well you do rather hope the sun shines as when you invite 8,000 people to have tea on your lawn it can be a bit of a worry." But the Duke of Cambridge still had an umbrella in hand should the weather dramatically change.
In keeping with the dress code, Prince William was in morning dress and carried his top hat. Buckingham Palace is hosting 8,000 people today as part of one of the traditional garden parties hosted by the Queen. Every year, the Queen invites 30,000 people to attend the parties, the first of which this year was hosted by Prince Charles.