Fresh from their rumoured mini-honeymoon spent in Co. Mayo, Ireland, newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan arrived at Buckingham Palace today for their first formal engagement since their showstopping wedding in May.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to the Queen at the spectacular Trooping The Colour ceremony, in celebration of Her Majesty’s official 92nd birthday, for a traditional summer spectacle watched by thousands.
The Queen, who recently had a successful eye operation to remove a cataract, was pictured wearing her usual clear framed spectacles, having spent the previous three weeks wearing shaded lenses following the procedure.
Harry and Meghan were pictured riding in a carriage together, staged on Whitehall’s Horse Guards Parade, and later joined members of the monarchy on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the first time to watch the RAF flypast and acknowledge the crowds.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.’
As with previous years, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall took part in the Queen’s carriage procession.
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.
The massed bands of the Household Division will provide musical backing during the day and also taking part is the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.
After the ceremony the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.
Among the 23 aircraft taking part are modern jets and historic aircraft, while the Red Arrows will be the finale.
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.
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.
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