Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Royals join Queen at birthday parade

Stacy Diaz | 09 June, 2018, 22:15

Meghan Markle is still breaking protocol despite her newly minted royal status. "We loved that she was still very much Meghan while also still embracing her role as the Duchess of Sussex". This year, it's the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards, whose colonel is Prince William.

It was Meghan's first time in such a grand royal event, filled with age-old pomp and circumstance.

As the aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows, released plumes of red, white and blue smoke over the balcony of Buckingham Palace, the Queen's great-grandchildren waved wildly. While the Windsor kids are often oblivious of the throngs below, it can be intimidating, especially for adults.

But the smiles soon turned to tears, as her mum had to step in and console her with a cuddle. More than 1,000 soldiers and 250 horses traveled down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horseguards Parade with members of the Royal Family in carriages.

The Queen soon made her entrance onto Horse Guards in an Ascot Landau after making her journey from her famous London home Buckingham Palace.

The ceremony culminates with a magnificent balcony appearance by the Royal Family.

Fully in her rear-view mirror.

Kate (sporting an enviable post-honeymoon tan) was decked out in a double-breasted cream jacket by Alexander McQueen and a stylish black hat. This will be her first day without his comforting presence. This year was no different, although there's no denying all eyes were on Meghan. And, in return, the Queen gets a companion. She used to do such events either alone or, more likely, with her husband. He turns 97 on Sunday. "She misses acting and she misses Los Angeles".

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.

Prince George wore a smart white shirt for the occasion, with his blonde hair tidily brushed to one side, while his younger sister Charlotte sported a cute baby blue dress for the occasion, matching her mother Kate Middleton who wore a similar ensemble.

"I'm quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.