Savannah Phillips Prince George Trooping the Colour celebrations

Marsha Scott
June 10, 2018

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their two eldest children Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, joined other royal family members on a Buckingham Palace balcony on Saturday to watch the Trooping the Colour parade, a belated 92nd birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth II.

For those unfamiliar, the Trooping of the Colour is the most highly-anticipated event in the royal calendar (well, aside from last month's Royal Wedding, of course) and is steeped in English tradition.

Princess Charlotte, 4, appeared to enjoy the rest of the parade, clapping alongside her brother Prince George and Savannah Phillips, their cousin.

The Queen, whose actual birthday is on April 21, inspected the troops and received a royal salute, and watched displays of precision marching before she was due to make her way back to Buckingham Palace.

Trooping The Colour is held the second Saturday each June to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's birthday.

The Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, wore a Carolina Herrera dress and a hat by Philip Treacy.

Since her 2011 Trooping the Colour debut, Kate Middleton has never worn short sleeves, and neither did Princess Diana. Prince Phillip did not attend, after retiring from royal duties past year.

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With the streets lined with crowds waving flags, the parade moves from Buckingham Palace and down the Mall to Horse Guard's Parade, alongside members of the royal family on horseback and in carriages.

Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, attended the event with her previous year, but was absent today.

Riding in the ceremony for the first time is the Duke of York in his new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Her procession was accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

Meghan Markle is still breaking protocol despite her newly minted royal status.

The younger royals lined up in front of the adults to enjoy the fly-past of modern and historic aircraft, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte standing with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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).

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