LONDON – Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family young and old joined Queen Elizabeth II for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Saturday to mark the monarch’s 92nd birthday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined Her Majesty on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the first time since they were married just three weeks ago.
They were joined by Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as well as Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the next in line to the throne. Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, was not present as the 97-year-old retired from royal duties last year.
As is customary, Elizabeth traveled down The Mall in central London from Buckingham Palace surrounded by the Household Cavalry to inspect the ranks of Household Divisions and the King’s Troops, Royal Horse Artillery at the Horse Guards Parade off Whitehall, where the Trooping the Colour takes place.
Upon her return to Buckingham Palace, the Queen is joined on the balcony for a Royal Air Force fly-past.
The Queen was born on April 21, 1926 but the official public celebration of the event falls on the second Saturday of June as it has done for the last 260 years.