- The Queen marked her official birthday with the Trooping the Colour at Whitehall’s Horse Guards Parade
- Royal fans were delighted to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who married exactly three weeks ago today
- Her Majesty, who recently had cataract removal surgery, was finally able to ditch her sunglasses for the event
- Meghan later made her debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside Harry and her Windsor in-laws
The Duchess of Sussex made her debut on the Buckingham Palace balcony today, alongside Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen celebrating her 92nd birthday, and an assortment of playful young royals.
Fresh from their rumoured honeymoon spent in Co. Mayo, Ireland, the newlyweds cut happy and relaxed figures as they paid tribute to Her Majesty at the Trooping the Colour ceremony, at Whitehall’s Horse Guard parade.
The Queen, who flashed a wide smile after seeing Charles, Andrew and William, as well as Princess Anne ride horseback past her carriage for the procession, was finally able to ditch her sunglasses following a cataract operation three weeks ago.
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Trooping the colour: More than 1,000 soldiers took part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday as the nation honours the monarch
Members of the Coldstream Guards march down The Mall as part of Trooping the Colour in central London
The annual ceremony involving around 1,400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II
Harry and Meghan were pictured riding in a carriage together, where the new Duchess had the opportunity to show-off her royal wave, and then joined her new in-laws on the balcony for the first time to watch the RAF flypast.
Although the dramatic aerial display proved unmissable viewing for the older royals, many of the younger brood found other ways to entertain themselves, including endless chatter from Prince George – who had to be shushed by the seven-year-old great-granddaughter of the Queen, Savannah Phillips.
While Princess Charlotte found the event overwhelming and needed comforting by her doting mother Kate.
However, the event did not go without mishap, after 79-year-old Field Marshal Charles Guthrie fell from his horse and landed heavily on his head as he rode outside of the palace earlier in the day. He was rushed to hospital where his condition remains unknown.
And a 52-year-old woman was taken into custody after throwing an object at the procession as it passed by.
Tens of thousands of cheering Royal enthusiasts flocked to Whitehall to see the royals mingle on the balcony, with Meghan and Kate sharing a chuckle while Harry watched on
Harry and Meghan were pictured riding in a carriage together, where the Duchess had the opportunity to show-off her royal wave, and then joined her new in-laws on the balcony for the first time to watch the RAF flypast
All smiles: Kate, Meghan and Camilla shared a laugh on the Buckingham Palace balcony just moments ago
Oi you two! Prince William gives a stern look as Savannah Phillips (daughter of Peter and Autumn Phillips) covers Prince George of Cambridge’s mouth during the National Anthem
Meghan wore a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy. While Kate wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill.
Camilla was in a pale blue silk dress and coat by Bruce Oldfield and a hat by Philip Treacy and the Queen wore a sky blue coat and dress by Stuart Parvin, and a hat by Angela Kelly.
Moving along the procession earlier today, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge were in a carriage together while a third carried Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise.
The honeymoon is over and it’s back to royal duties for Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex! The newlyweds attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony today with Meghan looking as stylish as ever.
After stunning the world with her beautiful white wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, the Duchess opted to think pink today with this pretty dress by Carolina Herrera.
Featuring a flattering fold-down bardot neckline and button detail, we love this pastel shade on Meghan. She then finished off with a hat by Philip Treacy in a matching hue to complete her look.
Designer Carolina Herrera is famously a favourite with royals, often spotted on the Duchess of Cambridge and also Queen Letizia of Spain.
Click right to have a browse through the current collection where there’s plenty of gems to be found, or head to the edit below and recreate Meghan’s stylish look with the pink bardot picks. Asos Design have a fab button detail number that’s perfect for giving a nod to Meghan’s outfit!
Meghan wore a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy. While Kate wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill
Royal fans will be eager to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have just returned from their honeymoon – joining other members of the royal family at the traditional summer spectacle
Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial spectacle that brings together prestigious regiments and the families of the serving men and women in celebration of the monarch’s official birthday.
Stands lining Horse Guards were filled with the wives, girlfriends and parents of the servicemen who when not performing ceremonial duties are fighting soldiers.
Meghan, Harry and the other members of the royal family took their place in Wellington’s former office which overlooks the parade ground.
The Queen soon made her entrance onto Horse Guards in an Ascot Landau after making her journey from her famous London home Buckingham Palace.
Her procession was accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.
The royals gazed skywards as they enjoyed the RAF Red Arrows aerial display team above Buckingham Palace today
The 7,500 guests seated in stands lining the parade ground stood as a mark of respect as the monarch arrived and began inspecting the massed ranks of the troops.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrates his 97th birthday on Sunday, has retired from official public duties and did not attend.
But the Queen was accompanied by the royal colonels, all on horseback: Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards.
Also riding in the ceremony for the first time was the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
Among the guests was Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, the Prime Minister Theresa May normally attends but is at a G7 meeting of world leaders in Canada.
The colour trooped this year was the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle.
Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.
The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 92.
The massed bands of the Household Division and the Mounted Band of the Household Calvary provided the musical backing for the ceremony.
While also taking part was the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
The first rehearsal known as The Major General’s Review usually takes place two weeks before the actual Birthday Parade. The second rehearsal almost always takes place exactly two weeks before the actual Birthday Parade, which will broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world
The colour was first trooped through the ranks of soldiers before the Guardsmen marched past the Queen, first in slow then in quick time.
As the ceremony came to an end, the thousands in the stands were treated to the sight of the Blues and Royals and Life Guards from the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The mounted soldiers and officers in their gleaming breast plates and plumed helmets rode past the Queen with the horses throwing up dust.
Not all event-goers were on their best behaviour however, with woman woman arrested after throwing an object at the procession.
Scotland Yard said that a woman has been arrested after an object was thrown at the Trooping the Colour procession.
A spokesman said: ‘A 51-year-old woman was arrested for a public order offence after an item was thrown towards a procession at the Trooping the Colour.
‘She is currently in custody at a central London police station.’
The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. The colour being paraded this year is the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ‘troop the colours’ and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.
The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 92.
In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) performed a 21 gun salute to celebrate Queen’s Elizabeth II’s Birthday holiday weekend at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall take their place in the Queen’s carriage procession, which celebrate’s Her Majesty’s official 92nd birthday
As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to take part in the Queen’s carriage procession
Members of the queen’s personal troops, the Household Division march past the Guards Division War Memorial
Even animals seem immune to the charms of Meghan and Harry, as one young fox cub rushes to secure prime roadside territory to watch the procession
In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) performed a 21 gun salute to celebrate Queen’s Elizabeth II’s Birthday holiday weekend at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Defence Force troops march together for the 21 gun salute to mark the Queen’s birthday weekend
Drum Major’s 27th and final Trooping the Colour to mark the end of his glittering 40-year career in the army
A drum major is poised to parade in his final Trooping the Colour on a day which will also mark the end of his four-decade career in the British Army.
The centuries-old military spectacle of might, splendour and precision marching will take place on Horse Guards Parade this Saturday to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
It is an important day in the armed forces’ calendar and for the monarchy, where the families and friends of those on parade proudly watch the ceremony.
For Drum Major Steve Staite, who has taken part in Trooping the Colour at least 26 times – 17 as drum major, something the Army claim is a world record – this year’s Queen’s birthday parade carries extra significance.
‘I am very excited to be doing my final Queen’s birthday parade, it is a culmination of my career over the four decades,’ he said.
‘And what better day to go out on than the Queen’s birthday?’
The 55-year-old who is originally from Preston, Lancashire, joined the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at the age of 16 on June 19 1979 and was appointed drum major to the Queen in 1995.
‘We are personal drummers to her majesty, we get a royal warrant signed to that effect, and it is the greatest honour in the world, you can’t beat it,’ he told the Press Association.
As one of five drum majors wearing the elaborate gold-thread state clothing, during Trooping the Colour he marches one of the divisions up to Horse Guards to get them on to parade.
Drum Major Staite also leads one of the massed bands during the parade in slow and quick time – something the father-of-two agreed very few people get to do.
‘A lot of people tell you it is great to march behind a band, but you can’t beat marching in front of it,’ he said.
During his career Drum Major Staite said he has visited 40 of the 50 states in America, and has worked in Kenya, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq.
It was during a posting to West Berlin on his first deployment that he also patrolled the Berlin Wall and guarded Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, when he was held at Spandau prison.
Quizzed on what that experience was like, Drum Major Staite who plans on retiring to Middlesbrough with his wife Fee, said: ‘You just sat in a sanger at Spandau prison.
‘You weren’t really allowed to look into the yard, it was just a normal prison with one person in it. But driving around the Berlin wall in those days was something very, very different.’
Posted to Household Division headquarters in 2000, he was involved in the funeral of the Queen Mother and Lady Margaret Thatcher, the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and the royal weddings of Prince Charles and Prince William.
June 9 will mark 38 years 355 days in uniform for Drum Major Staite, who described his impending last Trooping the Colour as a ‘very special moment’.
He has also chosen the march the Grenadier Guards will step on to Horse Guards to, which is Wadi Al Batin – a battle honour from the 1991 Gulf War – in which he fought.
‘Marching on to parade with the band playing Wadi al Batin for me, which is the march I chose, that will be quite emotional,’ he added.
Once the parade is finished Drum Major Staite said his state clothing will have to be handed back, something he said he will probably do ‘with a tear in my eye’.
A Coldstream Guards soldier who will wear a turban as he parades during Trooping the Colour has said he hopes it is looked upon as a ‘new change in history’.
More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday as the nation honours the monarch.
For Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall the event is not only his first Trooping the Colour, but also marks the first time a member of the Coldstream Guards has taken part wearing a turban.
The 22-year-old from Leicester told the said: ‘I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history.
‘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.’
A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the turban he will be wearing during Trooping the Colour will be black, featuring the ceremonial cap star to match the bearskin hats.
Gdsm Lall who joined the British Army in January 2016, was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK as a baby, said he is feeling ‘quite excited’ ahead of the event.
‘I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well,’ he said.
‘It is a good feeling… there’s going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people.’
Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle.
Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the ranks so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.
In the 18th century, guards from the Royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ‘troop the colours’, and in 1748 it was announced the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.
This year the ceremony, which is staged every June in London’s historic Horse Guards Parade, will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped.
With weeks of rigorous training under his belt, on the day he and many other soldiers will wear immaculate uniforms and march with precision up the Mall and onto parade.
Gdsm Lall added: ‘For myself, being the first turban-wearing sikh to troop the colour and to be part of the escort it is a really high honour for myself, and hopefully for everyone else as well.’
He revealed his family including his mother, father and sister, who are ‘really, really proud’ of him, will be coming to watch him take part.
‘My mum was crying on the day I passed out so I wonder what is going to happen to her when she sees me in this,’ Gdsm Lall added.