How Meghan Markle's Trooping the Colour Dress Broke Royal Tradition

Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined the nation and the monarchy in celebrating the Queen's official birthday at the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

As they joined their parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, George, Charlotte, and Savannah soon lost interest in the flypast and turned their attentions to each other, with Savannah spotted covering her cousin's mouth as he tried to speak.

Featuring 1400 parading soldiers from the royal household divisions, 200 horses and 400 musicians, the annual Trooping the Colour parade dates back at least 260 years and is a marvellous display of British royal pomp and pageantry.

The royal colonels, all on horseback, accompanied the Queen behind her.

Meghan and her husband, 33, who was kitted out in his full ceremonial Blues and Royals uniform a la his wedding day three weeks ago, waved to crowds in the Mall.

Meghan fit right in with her pale pink dress and asymmetrical hat, beaming like the new bride she is.

The Queen is technically the head of Britain's armed forces and the parade gives her a chance to review her army.

Meghan fussed with her loose hair and seemed to be troubled by her Philip Treacy hat.

The ceremony has taken place for more than 250 years.

When the family gathered on the Buckingham Palace balcony at 1pm to watch the now-famous fly-over, Meghan could be seen chatting away to Camilla Parker-Bowles. Since then, the couple du jour have jetted off to a top-secret honeymoon destination (Psst, it was reportedly in Ireland).

Our eyes are peeled every year for the Duchess of Cambridge's outfit at Trooping the Colour - and now Duchess Meghan's, too - but as usual, the adorable young royals are up there on our best-dressed list once again! Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, will march among 1,000 soldiers taking part in Trooping the Colour ceremony which also marks the Queen's official birthday.

That Meghan is undertaking such a trip less than a month after marriage says a lot about how the family wants to make sure she's comfortable in her duties, and that the world knows that she is now an important full-time royal.

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