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Princess Kate’s ‘most iconic’ coronation moment caught on camera

Princess Kate’s appearance at King Charles’s coronation is the subject of a new viral video as the royal family marked the first anniversary of the historic event on Monday.

Kate took pride of place at the coronation ceremony, heading into Westminster Abbey alongside Prince William and the couple’s two young children behind Charles and Queen Camilla.

The princess has been under increased scrutiny since early 2024, when she withdrew from the public eye to undergo abdominal surgery. Her absence from public life has been prolonged, as she explained in a video statement in March. She said that after her operation, doctors discovered she had cancer and was undergoing preventative chemotherapy.

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Princess Kate attends the coronation of King Charles at Westminster Abbey in London, May 6, 2023. Footage of her entering Westminster Abbey for the ceremony has gone viral on TikTok.

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Since Charles’ accession, Kate has held a newly elevated position in the monarchy. She is now Princess of Wales, the new Colonel of the British Army’s Irish Guards Regiment and the first Royal Companion of the Order of Royal Companions of Honour, among a host of other appointments.

Kate’s appearance at the 2023 coronation was highly anticipated by fans, as was the promise of a major fashion moment, which she has been celebrated for in the past.

Uploaded to TikTok by user katemiddleton.fp on Monday, the footage of Kate entering Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

In the clip, Kate is highlighted in slow motion as she walks alongside Prince William wearing a crimson and royal blue dress and dazzling headpiece.

For her outfit, Kate turned to her most trusted fashion ally, Sarah Burton, who was at the time creative director of the house of Alexander McQueen.

Burton made Kate’s wedding dress in 2011 and many of her most high-profile looks since then. The coronation robe was made of white silk with real silver embroidery forming the four floral emblems of the nations making up the United Kingdom: roses for England, shamrocks for Northern Ireland, daffodils for the Land of Wales and thistles for Scotland.

The dress was largely hidden, as it was worn under Kate’s robes who are members of the Royal Victorian Order, to which she was named by Queen Elizabeth in 2019.

The dresses were worn at the coronation at the request of Charles and Camilla. Accompanying Kate, William wore his deep blue velvet robes as a member of the Order of the Garter.

Captioned “One year ago today! William and Catherine,” the viral video received over 15,000 likes and numerous comments from fans, with many praising the outfit and appearance general of the princess.

“The most iconic coronation moment,” one TikTok user wrote of the footage. “The outfit was incredible. William should have had a real tiara made for Kate to replicate the hairstyle. He can afford it.”

“The vibes are amazing,” posted another. Another comment read: “Oh my god she is beautiful.” »

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Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Princess Kate are pictured during the coronation of King Charles on May 6, 2023.

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The headdress worn by Kate for the coronation received particular praise. It was designed in a graduated leaf style to imitate the tiaras and headdresses of antiquity.

The piece was adorned with silver thread and crystals and was made by milliner Jess Collett in collaboration with Burton. A smaller version was also made for Princess Charlotte.

Kate’s choice of Collett as the designer for her hairstyle was a tribute to Charles. Collett started his business with a loan from the Prince’s Trust (now known as the King’s Trust), set up by Charles in the 1970s to support young people.

James Crawford-Smith is News weekThe Royal London Reporter, based in London. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on News weekThe Royals Facebook page.

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