The Duchess of Sussex made her debut on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, joining Prince Harry and the rest of her royal in-laws to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
The Queen, who turned 92 in April, actually has two birthday celebrations each year, with one held on her actual birthday and the other typically held on the second Saturday in June (a tradition introduced by King George II in 1748, whose birthday fell in November but felt the weather in June would better lend itself to an outdoor celebration).
As People reports, Duchess Meghan joined Harry, his brother William and wife Kate Middleton along with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte (little Prince Louis stayed home), in addition to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The celebration kicked off with a military parade featuring more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, with Meghan and Harry riding together in a horse-drawn carriage that took them to Buckingham Palace (Kate and Camilla rode in their own carriage).
After arriving at the palace, the royals assembled on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a fly-by by the Royal Air Force.
Arguably the cutest moment from the celebration came when 4-year-old Prince George began giggling, and found himself shushed by 7-year-old cousin Savannah Phillips, granddaughter of Princess Anne.
Next week, reports People, Meghan will join the Queen for their first solo outing together when they’ll travel overnight on the Royal Train for a day-long engagement in Cheshire. This, notes the magazine, marks a “major milestone” for the newest member of the royal family, as the train is only used “in an official capacity” by the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles.
Bringing Prince Harry’s new bride along with her is a “is a really positive sign of favour, encouragement and endorsement by the Queen,” Robert Lacey, historical consultant for Netflix’s “The Crown”, tells People.
“It’s as much the Queen seeing how Meghan does events like this,” he adds. “I can’t think of a more striking signal and expression of welcome into the royal family for a new recruit. It shows the Queen’s excited by it.”