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Harry and Meghan join Trooping the Colour

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June 09, 2018

Queen Elizabeth on her way to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined the nation and the monarchy in celebrating the Queen's official birthday at the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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.

The couple were greeted by the sight of hundreds of Guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins lined up on the parade ground - Henry VIII's former jousting yard - as the event began.

The duke and duchess, who married exactly three weeks ago today, travelled from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to cheers from royal fans gathered in the famous London thoroughfare.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge were in another carriage while a third carried Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise.

Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial spectacle that brings together prestigious regiments and the families of the serving men and women in celebration of the monarch's official birthday.

Stands lining Horse Guards were filled with the wives, girlfriends and parents of the servicemen who, when not performing ceremonial duties, are fighting soldiers.

Meghan, Harry and the other members of the royal family took their place in Wellington's former office which overlooks the parade ground.

The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy, while Kate wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill.

Camilla wore a pale blue silk dress and coat by Bruce Oldfield and a hat by Philip Treacy.

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