In pictures: Duchess of Sussex experiences first Trooping the Colour parade

Meghan experienced the pomp and pageantry of the event for the first time. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined the nation and the monarchy in celebrating the Queen’s official birthday at the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Meghan experienced the pomp and pageantry of the event for the first time when she arrived on Horse Guards Parade with Harry in a carriage, along with the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Kent.

The couple were greeted by the sight of hundreds of Guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins lined up on the parade ground – Henry VIII’s former jousting yard – as the event began.

The newlyweds shared a joke as they appeared in front of the crowds. Credit: PA
Many generations turned out to honour the Queen. Credit: PA
Meghan had arrived at the ceremony by horse-drawn carriage. Credit: PA
Prince Harry saluted en route to the Palace. Credit: PA
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Credit: PA
The Duchess of Sussex arrived on Horse Guards Parade three weeks after her marriage to Prince Harry. Credit: PA

The duke and duchess, who married exactly three weeks today, travelled from Buckingham Palace along the Mall to cheers from royal fans gathered in the famous London thoroughfare.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge were in another carriage while a third carried Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise.

The Queen enjoyed a carriage to herself. Credit: PA
Queen Elizabeth II on the way to Horse Guards Parade. Credit: PA

Meghan, Harry and the other members of the royal family took their place in Wellington’s former office which overlooks the parade ground before later turning out to greet the crowds on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Charanpreet Singh Lall made history at the event as the Coldstream Guards soldier became the first to wear a turban in the parade.

Coldstream Guards soldier Charanpreet Singh Lall made history. Credit: PA

What is Trooping the Colour?

Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial spectacle that brings together prestigious regiments and the families of the serving men and women in celebration of the monarch’s official birthday.

Stands lining Horse Guards were filled with the wives, girlfriends and parents of the servicemen who when not performing ceremonial duties are fighting soldiers.

What were the royals wearing?

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge both wore light hats. Credit: PA

The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Carolina Herrera and a hat by Philip Treacy, while Kate wore a dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Juliette Botterill.

Camilla wore a pale blue silk dress and coat by Bruce Oldfield and a hat by Philip Treacy.

Princess Beatrice and Sophie Countess of Wessex. Credit: PA
The march towards Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA