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Duchess Meghan joins the royal family for first Trooping the Colour

09 June 2018

Hundreds of British soldiers are taking part in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London marking Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday celebration in front of thousands of spectators.

Next week, Meghan Markle will be going it solo without Prince Harry for a royal appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill. Since her 2011 Trooping the Colour debut, Kate Middleton has never worn short sleeves, and neither did Princess Diana.

The entire royal family gathered together on the balcony to watch the iconic fly-past by the Royal Air Force.

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Prince William and Kate's children were the picture of happiness as they stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with their parents.

In matching ice blue, the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 70, led the procession in a carriage.

The Duchess of Sussex, who is also all set for her solo trip with the Queen, was seen sporting a serene outfit in peach, and looked every bit blue-blooded. The parade is held to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign.

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

The view along the Mall heading back to Buckingham Palace. As part of the day's pomp, almost 1,000 soldiers march to Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Air Force performs a flyover (which the royals famously watch each year from the balcony at Buckingham Palace).

She was without her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 97 on Sunday.

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Duchess Meghan joins the royal family for first Trooping the Colour