Meghan Markle joins Joins Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace


Meghan Markle joins Joins Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II smiles at Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during Trooping The Color ceremony at The Royal Horseguards on June 9, 2018 in London. The Queen turned 92 on her actual birthday on April 21.

Wearing full ceremonial regalia, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Prince Andrew (top and bottom right) and Princess Anne (inset) saluted as they rode out onto the Mall. They made their first official appearance as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace. His absence had nothing to do with his recent hip surgery.

Meghan will undertake her first official engagement with the Queen next week when she joins Her Majesty on the royal train for a visit to Cheshire, in north-west England.

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

Mom and daughter matched in blue outfits; Kate wore a pale blue squareneck Alexander McQueen dress and a matching Juliette Botterill hat, while Charlotte sported a blue and white smocked floral dress with a Peter Pan collar.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month".

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.

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.

Meghan experienced the pomp and pageantry of the event for the first time when she arrived on Horse Guards Parade with Harry in a carriage, along with the Queen's cousin the Duke of Kent.

Taking in her third balcony appearance, Charlotte greeted well-wishers below, smiling and waving. The next time the public is likely to see Prince Louis will be at his christening later this summer.

And now, even as the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex, Markle is bending the boundaries with her sartorial choices.

Bringing Prince Harry's new bride along with her is a "is a really positive sign of favour, encouragement and endorsement by the Queen", Robert Lacey, historical consultant for Netflix's "The Crown", tells People.



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