Explained: What is the UK's Trooping the Colour parade?


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have taken their places for the first time with the Queen on Buckingham Palace's balcony after Trooping the Colour.

The parade is held to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, paid tribute to Her Majesty Saturday at the annual birthday parade as the nation celebrated the monarch's 92nd birthday.

The Queen's actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 92.

The Trooping the Colour ceremony is an event the Queen knows well and she would have inspected the Guardsmen, in their scarlet tunics and bearskins with a keen eye.

Meghan Markle will participate in her first solo engagements with the Queen next week, but journey there is just as big of a deal as the events themselves.

Prince Philip, who retired from public duties previous year, did not attend the ceremony that involves more than 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses. His absence had nothing to do with his recent hip surgery.

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What's more, both are weddings of a royal - Eugenie and Harry - to a commoner - Jack and Meghan.

The Mirror reported that the three-year-old princess burst into tears after dropping a booklet she had been reading to follow the celebrations as the RAF jets approached the Palace.

There were smiles all round as Harry and Meghan, in a blush-pink off-the-shoulder dress by Carolina Herrera and matching Philip Treacy hat, showed off their wedding bands to Prince Charles, while the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge shared a joke. The Duchess travelled to the Horse Guards Parade in a horse-drawn carriage alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew. She wasn't on display during the ceremony, but instead got to watch it from a window in the Horse Guards building while talking with other royals.

The couple later joined other members of the royal family on the palace's front balcony to watch the Royal Air Force fly by.

Prince Philip was not in attendance, and neither was William and Kate's newborn son, Prince Philip. The next time the public is likely to see Prince Louis will be at his christening later this summer. Overseen by their mother Kate Middleton, the two did their best royal official duties.

That's right, she's stepped out with the rest of her in-laws onto the famed Buckingham Palace balcony, according to TMZ. "Meghan's already looking fully at ease... laughing and smiling with her father-in-law and Kate".