Final Kate outing before birth

The Duchess of Cambridge made her last public appearance before the birth of her first child when she joined thousands of well-wishers to celebrate the Queen's official birthday at the Trooping the Colour parade.

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Trooping the Colour parade to mark Queen's birthday

The Queen will celebrate her official birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade of more than 1,000 soldiers and horses.

The Queen will ride in a vintage carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday today with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

As the Duke of Edinburgh is still recovering in hospital from exploratory abdominal surgery, the monarch has invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to join her for the short journey.

The Duchess of Cambridge, attending her last public engagement before her baby is born in mid-July, will ride in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

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