The Duchess of Sussex makes first Buckingham Palace Balcony appearance at Trooping the Colour

In a day of pomp and pageantry, The Duchess of Sussex joined Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for the first time. On a wonderful day of celebrations, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony marked Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday and as always, this was done in style.
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The celebrations began when members of The Royal Family made their way to Horse Guards Parade. The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge travelled by carriage together as did The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of Kent.
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The Queen – who travelled alone in her carriage – was accompanied down the Mall by the Royal Colonels on Horseback. The Prince of Wales as Colonel of the Welsh Guards, Princess Royal as Colonel of the Blues and Royals, The Duke of Cambridge as Colonel of the Irish Guards and The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards all processed down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade behind Her Majesty The Queen.

They joined more than 1400 guardsmen and cavalry for the procession from Buckingham Palace.
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Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign since 1748 though it has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, though its roots go back much further.
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Following the service on Horse Guards Parade, The Queen and The Royal Family made their way back to Buckingham Palace.

Events took a bit of a dramatic turn for Field Marshal Charles Guthrie on the return journey to the Palace as he was thrown from his horse. After the fall of the 79-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics and was later taken to the hospital. Charles Guthrie was Chief of Army General Staff from 1994-1997 and Chief of Defence Staff from 1997-2001.
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Due to Guthrie’s fall, the Royal Air Force flypast was delayed by a few minutes but nonetheless, it happened. The Queen was joined by members of The Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony including The Duchess of Sussex, who was making her first appearance on the famous Royal terrace.
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The Royal Air Force flypast included World War Two Lancaster Bombers and Spitfires as well as a display from the spectacular Red Arrows.
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The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public duties last year, was not present for the procession down the Mall or the Buckingham Palace Balcony appearance. His Royal Highness celebrates his 97th birthday on Sunday.
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The Queen has travelled every Trooping the Colour of her reign apart from in 1955 when the ceremony was cancelled due to strike action.

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