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Kate Middleton Trooping The Colour: Duchess Celebrates Queen In Pastel Pink (PHOTOS)

06/15/2013 09:40 am ET | Updated Jun 24, 2013

Being a queen is officially the best job ever. Not only do you get to wear sparkling crowns and gorgeous gowns, you get to celebrate your birthday twice -- and with a 41-gun salute.

Saturday's annual Trooping the Colour parade honored Queen Elizabeth's 87th birthday (which actually happened back on April 21). The ceremony, originally a way to prepare for battle, now serves as a traditional way to honor the monarch's birthday with regal bombast.

While the birthday girl Queen wore a gorgeous Angela Kelly coat, we couldn't take our eyes off our favorite duchess, Kate Middleton, at what will likely be her last public appearance before taking maternity leave.

Far more subdued in comparison to Thursday's leopard-print look, the duchess wore powder pink Alexander McQueen, accessorized with a matching hat perched at a jaunty angle. (Could this girly color be nod to her "d..." perhaps?)

Prince William rode horseback in the ceremony while Prince Harry, Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall rode along in carriages. Look closely at Kate's ensemble, then click through the slideshow below to see the royals' celebrate. Could your birthday party top this one?

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kate middleton trooping the colour

kate middleton trooping the colour

Trooping The Colour 2013

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