Kate Middleton Catches Charlotte as She Falls on Palace Balcony

  • Kate Middleton Catches Charlotte as She Falls on Palace Balcony

Kate Middleton Catches Charlotte as She Falls on Palace Balcony

As part of the day's pomp, almost 1,000 soldiers march to Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Air Force performs a flyover (which the royals famously watch each year from the balcony at Buckingham Palace).

This year the ceremony, which is staged every June in London's historic Horse Guards Parade, will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped.

Next week, Meghan Markle will be going it solo without Prince Harry for a royal appearance alongside Queen Elizabeth.

In the ceremonial celebration of the queen's birthday, which is actually in April, over 1,400 parading soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians come together each June in a display of military precision and horsemanship. He will celebrate his 97th birthday Sunday.

The guardsman said his family, including his mother, father and sister, who are "really, really proud" of him, will be there to watch him take part. The event was attended by other senior royals including the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Meghan's premiere week continues on Jun. 14, when she and the Queen will travel to Cheshire for a series of royal events.

This year, the newest addition to the ceremony was, of course, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. She is the Queen's eldest great grandchild.

Waving to crowds alongside the Duchess of Cornwall, Kate looked radiant in a frock from one of her favourite designers, Alexander McQueen.

The Queen was joined at Trooping the Colour by Prince Charles, William and Kate, and Harry and Meghan.

Kensington Palace is also expected to shortly announce Meghan's first charitable patronage since becoming the fourth member of the Royal Foundation behind by Prince William, Princess Kate, and Prince Harry.

The royal colonels, all on horseback, accompanied the Queen behind her.

What is trooping the colour? Expect to see Meghan at a carefully chosen selection of them as she continues her introduction to her new life as a senior royal.