Meghan joins The Queen for first time on Buckingham Palace balcony as the Monarch recovers from cataract operation and ditches her sunglasses to celebrate her official 92nd birthday

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  • 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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Meghan makes her bow: 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

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 monarchTrooping 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

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 parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21 

Members of the Coldstream Guards march down The Mall as part of Trooping the Colour in central LondonMembers 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 IIThe 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 onTens 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

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 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 agoAll 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

Little Savannah gives a mischievous look as she shushes Prince George

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

Hilarious moment Savannah Phillips ‘hushes’ Prince GeorgTens 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.

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.

Fresh from their showstopping wedding three weeks ago, Meghan and Prince Harry will today pay tribute to the Queen at the spectacular Trooping The Colour ceremony today

Carolina Herrera pink bardot button midi dress

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

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

Little rascals! Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips and Prince George giggled while watching the flypast overhead 

Trooping the Colour: Royals gather at Buckingham Palace balcony

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 spectacleRoyal 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

Lord Guthrie slumped in his saddle and appeared to faint and fell sideways to his left in front of Buckingham Palace in the middle of The Mall near the Victoria Memorial

Lord Guthrie in the process of falling from his horse as the riders next to him begin to react

Photos shot before Guthrie fell showed Colonel Crispin Lockhart trying to prop him up as he slumped back in his horse at a 45-degree angle and closed his eyes

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.

After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast

After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast

The royals gazed skywards as they enjoyed the RAF Red Arrows aerial display team above Buckingham Palace today

The royals gazed skywards as they enjoyed the RAF Red Arrows aerial display team above Buckingham Palace today

The royal colonels, all on horseback, will accompany the Queen: 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

The Queen is pictured smiling at her boys Charles, Andrew and William riding horseback alongside her

Father and son shared a quiet word with each other while Meghan and Kate chatted together happily in the background

The Queen, who recently had a successful eye operation to remove a cataract, will watch the Trooping ceremony from a dais in Horse Guards and later inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins

The newly weds cut happy figures in their carriage, where Meghan had the opportunity to showcase her new royal wave

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.

Royal wave: Meghan was pictured fine tuning her royal wave alongside a grinning Harry at Buckingham Palace this morning

Princess Anne cuts a stern figure draped in full ceremonial regalia 

The happy couple share a few words as the carriage is pulled by two thoroughbreds along Horse Guard parade

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.

Trooping the Colour: Newlyweds Harry and Meghan wow the crowds
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.

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 moment RAF pilots got into formation and performed the flypast in front of the royal family who watched from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Lord Guthrie slumped in his saddle and appeared to faint and fell sideways to his left in front of Buckingham Palace in the middle of The Mall near the Victoria Memorial

Lord Guthrie hit his head hard as he landed hard on the asphalt of The Mall, much to the shock of thousands of onlookers

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 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.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at The Royal Horseguards during Trooping The Colour ceremony

Taking over the reigns: Riding in the ceremony for the first time is the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (pictured right)

Coldstream Guards and The Household Cavalry march down The Mall as part of Trooping the ColourColdstream Guards and The Household Cavalry march down The Mall as part of Trooping the Colour

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.’

Crowds look on as soldiers of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Princess Anne, Princess Royal arrive at The Royal Horseguards during Trooping The Colour ceremony

Duchess of Cornwall watches the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guard from the balconyDuchess of Cornwall watches the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guard from the balcony

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

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

The procession will be 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

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.

Royal flush: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne make their way long the parade on horseback Royal flush: Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne make their way long the parade on horseback

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

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

Trooping the Colour: Queen travels down The Mall in carriage

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom together this morning. Prince William stepped out in full military ceremonial regalia alongside Kate who wowed in a sophisticated teal dress

The loved up pair have not been seen publicly since the wedding, and were rumoured to be enjoying a romantic stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada. According to reports, they finished off their break with a short stay in Ireland, before returning to London

As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to take part in the Queen's carriage procession

 

As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall are expected to take part in the Queen’s carriage procession

Trooping the Colour: Mounted military personnel in full splendour
Members of the queen's personal troops, the Household Division march past the Guards Division War Memorial

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 

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

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 

Security officers perform final safety checks along the parade today, ahead of the annual event that will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry

The annual event will see more than 1,000 soldiers taking part in the traditional display of pomp and pageantry. Royal watchers are flocking en mass to Whitehall parade, where the RAF will perform a ceremonial flypast 

Officers march along the parade in unison as they prepare for today's celebrations, which will commemorate the Queen's 92nd birthday

Fox joins the crowds at Trooping the Colour ceremony for the Queen

Officers on horseback are all smiles as they make their way along the parade ahead of today's celebratory occasion 

One VERY enthusiastic Royal fan shows off his patriotic Union Flag suit, hat and accessories 

Royal fans, who have just started to gather along the parade, 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 spectacleRoyal fans, who have just started to gather along the parade, 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
Riding in the ceremony for the first time will be the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (middle)Riding in the ceremony for the first time will be the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (middle)

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

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

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

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

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.

The 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 (pictured outside the Officers Mess in Munster, 1986)

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’.

First Sikh soldier to take part in Trooping the Colour

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NeeTurban-wearing Coldstream Guards soldier will make history at Trooping the Colour as the first soldier to parade in Sikh headdress

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.’

This year the Sovereign's official birthday will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped

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.

He revealed his mother, father and sister, who are 'really, really proud' of him, will be coming to watch him take part

More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen's official birthday on Saturday

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.

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