Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry arrived for the 2018 Trooping the Colour ceremony which marks the official birthday of the sovereign state, making it their first public appearance since their marriage at the Windsor Chapel last month. A tweet posted by the Buckingham Palace showcased an image of the then Princess Elizabeth riding side-saddle on horseback following King George VI during the Queen’s official birthday parade in 1947.
Back to 2018, Meghan Markle dressed up in an elegant pink outfit with her hair left loose to cascade alongside her face in ringlets, and sat right across Prince Harry within their carriage, which came to a halt at the Horse Guards Parade to let the royals greet the hundreds of Guardsmen lined up in parade formations gleaming in shades of scarlet and bearskins. Prince Harry was not found at his usual position by his brother Prince William’s side on horseback because he, unlike his brother, had not acquired the rank of Regimental Colonel.
The Duchess of Sussex, dressed in pale pink off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera with a matching Philip Treacy hat on top, and Prince Harry, clothed in the ceremonial uniform of the Blues and Royals, had been in one of the main royal carriages which had set out from the Buckingham Palace earlier during the day. Another carriage housed the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, while a third royal carriage delivered Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex, and young Lady Louise in a safe trip through the London thoroughfare. After the extravagant parade was over, the Royal Family met on the balcony of the Buckingham Palace to witness the programme prepared by the RAF which included the famous Red Arrows display team.