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Trooping the Colour: Meghan and Harry join Queen at parade

Trooping the Colour: Meghan and Harry join Queen at parade

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined the Queen for the Trooping the Colour parade to mark her 92nd birthday.Prince Philip, who retired from royal duties last year, did not attend the military parade. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who married last month, arrived as part of the carriage procession.They joined senior royals including Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the event in London.Large crowds of spectators gathered to watch Saturday's ceremony, which will see around 1,000 soldiers march to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.
It is the Duke and Duchess' first Trooping the Colour - an event which dates back more than 250 years
The Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge shared the first carriage in the procession along the Mall, followed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the second which was greeted by cheers.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, shared a carriage
The Countess of Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie travelled in the third carriage.The Queen, wearing a blue outfit, travelled in a separate procession for her 66th Trooping the Colour parade as monarch.Among the soldiers taking part is Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester, who will become the first soldier to wear a turban in the parade's history.Trooping the Colour has commemorated the birthday of the sovereign for more than 250 years and also functions as a display of army drills, music and horsemanship.
Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, 22, said he hoped his wearing of the turban will be seen as a "change in history"
The Queen, who celebrated her 92nd birthday on 21 April, recently had surgery to remove a cataract from her eye.She will watch the ceremony - which will this year parade the flag of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards - from a dais in Horse Guards before inspecting the guardsmen.
At the scene: Royal correspondent Sarah Campbell
The super-sized Royal Standard flag fluttering above Buckingham Palace signifies that this is one of the big royal events of the year. And so far - what a year it has been. There has been a birth- Prince Louis- and three weeks ago today, the wedding. To the delight of the crowds, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and new husband Prince Harry made it back from their honeymoon to take part in the Queen's birthday parade. In a powder blue outfit, Her Majesty was the last of the royals to leave the Palace en route to Horse Guard's Parade. Despite the bright sunshine, she wasn't wearing the sunglasses which have been a regular addition since her successful cataract operation last month.
Afterwards, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the official birthday.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who married three weeks ago, will then join the royal family on the balcony in Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF flypast including the Red Arrows.
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Later this month, the Duchess of Sussex will accompany the Queen on a royal engagement to officially open a theatre and bridge in Cheshire.It will be the first time the duchess has joined the Queen for an event without her husband.The couple attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 22 May for their first royal engagement as a married couple.
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