Thousands gather for 'Trooping the Colour' for Queen Elizabeth

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Trooping the Colour is the annual parade celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

He joined the other royal colonels riding behind the Queen's Ascot Landau carriage, Charles who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Anne, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and William, Colonel of the Irish Guards.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from official public duties, was the only major figure missing from the gathering.

Meghan fit right in with her pale pink dress and asymmetrical hat, beaming like the new bride she is.

One guardsman stood out: Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester, who wore a black turban.

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).

They were joined in a three-carriage procession by Prince Charles' wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who travelled with Prince William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

"Meghan looked very much regally appropriate for such an important royal event", Amanda Dishaw of Meghan's Mirror told E!

The Queen looked on as the celebrations for her birthday took place on the Mall in central London. She was actually born in April, but Trooping the Colour is the birthday of "Queen" Elizabeth, or the anniversary of her coronation.

Doria Ragland was close to tears as she watched her daughter Meghan Markle walk down the aisle to marry Prince Harry in May.

The nation will next catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Sussex on June 14, as she is preparing for her debut joint engagement with the Queen.

The royals watched a fly-past undertaken by the Royal Air Force.

It's official - Meghan Markle is part of the British Royal Family.

With Meghan still relaxing after the trip, Harry went to work on Friday, slipping into a tux to welcome charity OnSide Youth Zones to the palace for a gala dinner.

He said: "I'm quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well".

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