New mom Meghan Markle on Saturday took a break from her maternity leave to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday at the Trooping the Colour parade.
Saturday’s event was the first time the Duchess came out in public since the arrival of her new born, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Thousands gathered in the streets of central London to wish the queen a happy birthday and watch the annual parade.
Queen Elizabeth, who rode in the Scottish State Coach, was joined by members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, and Prince William. Both were in full military regalia.
The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan came by carriage.
Queen Elizabeth’s real date of birth is April but the queen observes it in early June so that it coincides with the parade, and on a Saturday for the public to attend.
The queen watched the ceremony from a dais in Horse Guards Parade, and inspected the troops before a 41-gun salute in Green Park and returning to Buckingham Palace.
The climax of the event is the spectacular fly past from the Royal Air Force. More than 20 aircraft — both modern jets and older, historically significant planes took part, before the iconic Red Arrows made their finale, with streams of red, blue and white across the sky in the colours of the Union Jack.