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The members of the royal family - yes, including now Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex - stepped out on Saturday in London for the annual Trooping the Colour parade, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday.

As you may know already, the event has no less than 1400 parading soldiers, 200 horses as well as 400 musicians, all coming together to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday.

Since her 2011 Trooping the Colour debut, Kate Middleton has never worn short sleeves, and neither did Princess Diana.

Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, did not attend the event, having retired from public life past year.

Prince Harry is relegated to a spot in a carriage because he is not a royal colonel.

Dazzling crowds with beaming smiles, they made their way to Whitehall's Horse Guards Parade for the ceremony to mark the Queen's 92nd birthday.

After this year's Trooping the Colour, it was time for Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, to cross another first off her list of royal of events: a balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace.

The two were joined on the balcony by other key members of the royal family including Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor, and Duke of York Prince Andrew.

The Duchess of Sussex broke protocol with her off-the-shoulder outfit.

The ceremony originated from traditional preparations for battle.

At 1pm, the royals gathered on the balcony for the RAF flypast featuring 23 modern and historic planes, Meghan taking centre stage.

Princess Kate, who has been on maternity leave since giving birth to Prince Louis, left the newborn home. The Duchess of Cambridge sported a long-sleeved dress by Alexander McQueen paired with a matching hat by Juliette Botterill, while Parker-Bowles wore a textured jacket atop a matching dress, completing her look with a ribbon-trimmed hat. She and new-husband Prince Harry were picture-perfect, as Harry chose to wear his Household Cavalry Number 1 ceremonial military uniform.

The couple postponed their honeymoon by several days to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honor of Prince Charles three days after their spectacular wedding last month.

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