HRH Queen Elizabeth II just celebrated her 92nd birthday over the weekend, and she celebrated in royal style – with the annual Trooping the Color.
Members of the royal family were there, including our favorite Royal newlyweds, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The couple rode to Buckingham Palace in an open top carriage on a sunny summer morning. Prince Harry looked sharp in his full military uniform and Meghan was gorgeous in a pale pink bespoke off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera midi dress with a Philip Treacy fascinator.
This is Meghan’s first Trooping the Color, but already, she stirred up some controversy. Apparently, the Duchess of Sussex broke royal protocol with her outfit choice. According to The Sun, “Fashion tradition usually dictates that Royal women do not wear off-shoulder or other more revealing styles.”
Supporters and detractors have taken to social media to air their opinions on the royal outfit. Some called her out for “pushing the limits,” while others praised her for “breaking traditions.” One even accused her of upstaging the Queen.
But why does it have to be controversial? It’s not the first time a member of the royal family has worn an off-the-shoulder dress. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has, on occasion, worn shoulder-bearing ensembles. Princess Diana was also reportedly a fan of off-the-shoulder dresses in the 80’s and 90’s. And if anyone should be complaining, shouldn’t it be the Royal birthday celebrator, herself?
But Her Majesty doesn’t seem to be bothered by it in the slightest. Bustle reports that the Queen even invited Meghan to spend the day with her in Cheshire on Thursday (June 14) – to attend her first solo engagement with Her Majesty.
Controversial or not, Meghan looked lovely and sophisticated in her Trooping the Color dress.