Duchess of Sussex experiences first Trooping the Colour parade

GETTY Prince Louis could join his brother and sister on Buckingham Palace balcony

Queen Elizabeth, who recently underwent a successful cataract operation, arrived in an open Ascot Landau carriage to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall from her home at Buckingham Palace.

Meghan looked chic in a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy, while Kate was stylish in an Alexander McQueen dress and a hat by Juliette Botterill.

The annual Trooping the Colour parade took place on Saturday, bringing much of the royal family and thousands of spectators to Buckingham Palace. See PA story ROYAL Wedding.

In the 18th century, guards from the Royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to "troop the colours", and in 1748 it was announced the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday. He will celebrate his 97th birthday Sunday.

So far, it seems Meghan has impressed Queen Elizabeth.

The new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle appeared for the first time on the balcony at Buckingham Palace as the royal family marked the Queen's birthday.

"Prince William and Prince Charles are royal colonels, which is a position given by the Queen to a member of the royal family that serves as Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment in the British army or navy". While Harry smiled and waved, she looked a bit overwhelmed as she surveyed the huge crowds lining the route.




The Queen, who has refused to retire despite her advancing years, has upped her workload even further this year, doing 25 per cent more engagements and appearances than for the same period last year, according to royal observers Write Royalty.

It was the first time Meghan had attended the ceremony following her marriage to Prince Harry on May 19.

We all expected Meghan and Harry to break more royal protocol!

The Duchess added a pair of drop earrings to her reliably chic wardrobe choice and teamed it with one of her timeless staples - heeled court shoes.

Kate Middleton is riding with Camilla, and Prince William is on horseback alongside Prince Charles.

The colour trooped this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Meghan and Harry have stated their desire to jump right in and get to work in their new roles.

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