Harry and Meghan join Queen on palace balcony after Trooping the Colour

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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.

Watched by large crowds, the newlyweds arrived in a horse-drawn carriage as part of a procession. Her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, turns 97 on Sunday and has retired from public duties.

He is now recovering from a hip replacement, but was well enough to be able to his attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle three weeks ago.

Meghan's dress was a gorgeous, custom-made pale pink Carolina Herrera dress and her Philip Treacy hat was matching.


Black, grey and white horses, military guards including the Cold Stream and Irish guards in their elaborate dress uniforms and tall fur hats, and two enormous drum horses bearing kettle drums and riders took part in the ceremony, which ran for two hours.

Sikh soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall became the first from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards to sport a turban instead of the traditional tall bearskin hat inTrooping the Colour, an impressive military display of pomp and pageantry that dates back almost 270 years.

So far, it seems Meghan has impressed Queen Elizabeth. Although Queen Elizabeth already turned 92 on April 21, the royals understandably prefer to party and socialize in warmer weather.

Last year's Trooping the Colour was their mother Kate's seventh; she has not missed a single parade since she married Prince William in 2011.


Next week, reports People, Meghan will join the Queen for their first solo outing together when they'll travel overnight on the Royal Train for a day-long engagement in Cheshire.

Doria Ragland was close to tears as she watched her daughter Meghan Markle walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in May.

The ceremony culminates with a magnificent balcony appearance by the Royal Family. See PA story ROYAL Wedding.

Doria, who was Meghan's only family member at the wedding, arrived at the chapel alone after earlier sharing Meghan's vehicle. Such was the case during Meghan and Harry's return to Buckingham Palace, when she could be seen trying to keep her hair in some semblance of order.


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