Meghan Markle Joins The Royal Family On The Buckingham Palace Balcony For The First Time

BY Erica Gonzales / Jun 10 2018 / 13:42 PM

This is possibly the biggest royal gathering so far this year

Meghan Markle Joins The Royal Family On The Buckingham Palace Balcony For The First Time

The royals gathered at the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour today, and yes, Meghan Markle was there. The Duchess of Sussex joined her new in-laws at her first time at the event, which arrives less than a month after her royal wedding to Prince Harry.

Her fellow Duchess Kate Middleton was also present. Prince William and his father Prince Charles joined in after participating in the military procession. Both duchesses curtsied to the Queen as she rode in on her carriage below. Her Majesty and other royals then joined the rest of the family to watch the Royal Air Force overhead.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice were also in attendance. So were Peter Phillips (Prince Harry's cousin), Autumn Phillips, and their daughters Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips.

This is the first time Markle has been photographed this many members of the royal family. Even her official wedding portraits only included the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. This is one grand way to welcome her to the family.

Royal blog Royal Central reports that this is the largest royal family gathering so far this year. Some members of the clan are present that were not at the royal wedding last month.

Of course, the real celebrant of the occasion is Queen Elizabeth II; the event is held to honor the sovereign's birthday. (Though her actual birthday is on April 21.) The festivities include a parade and the Royal Air Force's Red Arrows fly-past, which the royal family watches from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

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