Meghan Markle breaks royal protocol at Trooping the Colour

Arturo Kim
June 10, 2018

Meghan Markle has appeared alongside Prince Harry, who she married three weeks ago, to celebrate the Queen's official birthday at Trooping the Colour.

The series brought into focus the role the prince played in supporting the young Queen after she came to the throne following the early death of her father King George VI in 1952, when she was just 25.

Not only was Saturday's pageantry a party for Queen Elizabeth II herself, it was also the first time the newly minted Duchess of Sussex has ever been photographed with so many royals.

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 Queen, whose real birthday is on April 21, looked vigorous as she keenly observed the event, smiling at both the jets and the children.

With the streets lined with crowds waving flags, the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down the Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, alongside members of the royal family on horseback and in carriages.

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The ceremony has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years and also functions as a display of army drills, music and horsemanship.

All eyes were on newly-weds Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, who made their first appearance together since apparently slipping away for their honeymoon last week.

Royal blog Royal Central reports that this is the largest royal family gathering so far this year.

Meghan Markle will participate in her first solo engagements with the Queen next week, but journey there is just as big of a deal as the events themselves.

Although the Duke has officially retired, his roles within the Royal Family continue.

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