Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Duchess Meghan joins the royal family for first Trooping the Colour

Duchess Meghan joins the royal family for first Trooping the Colour

For the prestigious ceremony - which marks Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday - was the flawless opportunity for the former actress to demonstrate her sartorial prowess and she didn't disappoint.

The Queen then inspects the troops before heading back to Buckingham Palace where she's joined by the Royal Family.

Four royals arrived on horseback in full dress uniform in their capacity as royal colonels: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne the Princess Royal.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from official public duties, was the only major figure missing from the gathering. His absence had nothing to do with his recent hip surgery. He will celebrate his 97th birthday Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are also royal colonels, but the parade is for the queen, and Prince Philip is getting up there in years and just had a hip replacement.

Thousands of spectators flocked to London for the annual spectacle, hoping to catch a glimpse of the glittering house of Windsor, jamming the royal parks near the parade grounds.

It's part of a strategic plan to formally introduce Meghan as an integral member of the royal family.

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Write Royalty, analysing details from the Court Circular, the official diary of the royal family, said the queen had conducted 125 engagements from January to the end of May.

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Princess Charlotte on the other hand was blissfully unaware and too busy clapping along at her third parade to notice.

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.

The Queen soon made her entrance onto Horse Guards in an Ascot Landau after making her journey from her famous London home Buckingham Palace. While Harry smiled and waved, she looked a bit overwhelmed as she surveyed the huge crowds lining the route.

Prince Harry is relegated to a spot in a carriage because he is not a royal colonel.

Queen Elizabeth recently named Harry as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and the couple has a busy few months ahead.

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