In another milestone for American Duchess Meghan Markle, the newest member of the royal family has made her first appearance alongside Prince Harry to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday at Trooping the Colour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid tribute to Her Majesty Saturday at the annual birthday parade as the nation celebrated the monarch’s 92nd birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21 but the country always celebrates in June.
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.
The parade, which features regiments of the British Armed services, included all of the royal colonels — Prince Charles, Colonel of the Welsh Guards; Prince William, Colonel of the Irish Guards; and Princess Anne of the Blues and Royals; along with Prince Andrew, taking over for his father as Colonel of the Grenedier Guards — all appearing on horseback.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, did not take part today, in line with his retirement from public life last year. His absence had nothing to do with his recent hip surgery.
Prince Phillip, who was recently at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel, is instead spending the weekend privately. He will celebrate his 97th birthday Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth opted for a blue sky blue coat and dress by designer Stewart Parvin and a hat by Angela Kelly while Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, wore a pale blue dress by Bruce Oldfield and Hat by Philip Treacy. Princess Kate was dressed in one of her favorite designers, Alexander McQueen, while Meghan opted for a one-of-a-kind creation by Carolina Herrera and hat by Philip Treacy, a favorite of the Royal Family.
Tens of thousands of Royal fans flocked to Buckingham Palace and the Mall to catch a glimpse of the pomp and pageantry surrounding the celebration for Queen Elizabeth. More than 1,000 soldiers and 250 horses traveled down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horseguards Parade with members of the Royal Family in carriages.
The ceremony culminates with a magnificent balcony appearance by the Royal Family.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Carolyn Durand