From left to right, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall,Kate Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, after the Other the Colour ceremony on Saturday, 9 June 2018. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Meghan Markle appeared in her second royal event as the Duchess of Sussex since marrying Prince Harry and has her Buckingham Palace balcony debut.
On Saturday morning, thousands lined the streets to watch the royal couple drive through London for the annual Other the Colour ceremony. The celebration, honoring Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, has long been a British tradition where soldiers show off their flags (or coloours) and march into the Buckingham Palace square.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex drive in the Other of the Colour military parade before you go to Buckingham Palace.
During the traditional ceremony is meant to honour the Queen, who drove solo in a carriage without Prince Phillip, who has retired from the public events, all eyes were on Markle, who donned a pale pink, off-the-shoulder, sleeveless Carolina Herrera dress with a matching Philip Treacy hat.
The Duchess wore a pastel look in her Other the Color ensemble just a few weeks before at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday garden party at Buckingham Palace. Markle was wearing a long-sleeved, sheer peach dress with the hat by Philip Treacy.
The Queen celebrated her birthday with a solo trip through the palace square.
The Duchess of Cambridge and her mother-in-law, Camilla, both dressed in light blue outfits, rode in carriages behind Markle and Harry. Kate Middleton carried her traditional Alexander McQueen, and the two women donned ornate hats. Prince Charles and his son Prince William are not with their wife in the car, but were spotted in uniform on horseback with military forces.
Kate Middleton rode with her mother-in-law, while her husband, prince William, and Prince Charles drove with the soldiers to the horse.
After the military parade, the Queen and her family gathered for their annual photo on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where Markle her first official balcony appearance of Prince William and Kate Middleton; and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte; Prince Philip; Prince Charles and Camilla.
Next week, Markle will reportedly continue with her new royal duties, and will embark on her first solo outing with the Queen in Cheshire, England. According to the People, the Queen and the Duchess are several performances planned in Cheshire, and will stay overnight on the Royal Train.
The royal family ends the annual celebration on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen and Markle duo outing is said to be a “really positive sign of the favor, encouragement, and approval by the Queen,” Robert Lacey, historical consultant for “The Crown”, said the People.
“It is as much as the Queen to see how Meghan is doing events like this,” he went on. “I can’t think of a more striking signal and expression of welcome in the royal family for a new recruit. It shows the Queen’s excited for.”
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