The one thing you didn’t notice about Kate Middleton’s Trooping the Colour outfit

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The Duchess of Cambridge is no stranger to selecting outfits with a special meaning - she wore a Temperley gown as on homage to the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year.

And her latest outfit for the Trooping the Colour parade (and the Queen’s official birthday FYI), was no exception.

Kate wore a stunning pink Alexander McQueen dress, paired with a Jane Taylor hat and a woven Etui clutch bag.

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Twitter naturally went into overdrive, with many praising the outfit as ‘one of her best yet’. But what they might not have noticed is the significance behind it.

First off, the dress is by a British designer, which could be seen as Kate’s homage to the UK, tying in with the Queen’s message of unitedness after recent events.

Then there’s the colour pink, which is proven to show gentleness, as well as progressiveness.

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A study by Veronica Koller shows that, ‘whilst wearing pink will still evoke impressions surrounding gentleness and nurturing, adding a splash of pink to your wardrobe will signify both power and progressiveness.’

Plus, if you really want to go into the details, Kate’s earrings were borrowed from the Queen, and she matched her outfit to Princess Charlotte's dress, showing a sweet emphasis on family and sharing.

Another winner from Kate.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.