The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, joined all the members of the Royal Family on Queen Elizabeth II’s 92nd birthday for the traditional military parade known as Trooping the Colour.
Princess Meghan wore a peach off-the-shoulder dress with a hat while Prince Harry wore a black military uniform. The couple left the Buckingham Palace on a carriage. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stood on the balcony to watch the aerial display behind the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Kate.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s appearance was the first major Royal event for the couple after their wedding in Windsor, three weeks ago, which was watched by millions around the globe.
The birthday parade took place at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, London on Saturday, June 9. The Queen’s actual birth date is April 21.
Thousands of people gathered outside the palace to witness the Trooping the Colour ceremony, in which about 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and around 200 horses marched together while the Royal Air Force performed a spectacular flypast.
A total of 23 aircrafts took part in the flypast organized by the Royal Air Force. The show included the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The Buckingham Palace Twitter account announced that that Queen Elizabeth II had attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony every year of her reign, except the one in 1955 when the parade was canceled due to a general strike.
During her reign The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour every year except 1955 when it was cancelled because of the general strike. Here, the then Princess Elizabeth accompanies King George VI on the way to Trooping the Colour in 1947. pic.twitter.com/rzKvP1clV5
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 9, 2018
Queen Elizabeth herself was dressed in blue and rode to the event in her carriage led by the members of her personal troops, the Household Division. Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has his 97th birthday coming up on June 10. He has retired from his public duties and hence did not attend the ceremony.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, traveled with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles’ second wife.
This year’s Trooping the Colour ceremony was special for more reasons as well; the Coldstream Guards included a Sikh man by the name of Charanpreet Singh Lall, who participated with his turban on. This was a first in history.
22-year-old Charanpreet Singh Lall said in a statement, “I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the army.”