Duchess of Sussex experiences first Trooping the Colour parade

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Since her 2011 Trooping the Colour debut, Kate Middleton has never worn short sleeves, and neither did Princess Diana. This, notes the magazine, marks a "major milestone" for the newest member of the royal family, as the train is only used "in an official capacity" by the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. He will celebrate his 97th birthday Sunday. So, three weeks after her wedding, which was followed by an outing at a Buckingham Palace garden party for the charities and organizations tied to Prince Charles, who turns 70 this year, Meghan is now plunging-carefully and deliberately-into royal life.

The Queen received a rousing cheer from the crowds in the Mall as her procession went past.

Meghan's premiere week continues on Jun. 14, when she and the Queen will travel to Cheshire for a series of royal events.

This is the first time the royal family were joined by the new Duchess of Sussex.


Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, along with other members of the British royal family, look down into the palace courtyard from the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018.

Also in attendance were the Countess of Wessex, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and Lady Louise Windsor.

Meghan is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress, a Philip Treacy hat, and Birks rings.

After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.


Among the 23 aircraft taking part are modern jets and historic aircraft, while the Red Arrows will be the finale.

Earlier, the pomp and pageantry of Trooping the Colour was staged on Horse Guards Parade - a first for Meghan. Flags, or colors, were "trooped" so soldiers in the ranks would be able to recognize them.

The annual royal event takes place to mark Prince Harry - who recently married wife Meghan Markle - and Prince William's grandmother's birthday, although Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday is 21 April.


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