Trooping the Colour 2018 in pictures: Stunning pictures from Trooping the Colour

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A turban-wearing soldier of the Coldstream Guards became the first Sikh soldier to figure in the widely watched traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

Meghan's remarkable confidence at the event reminds us of when Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's made her Trooping of the Colour debut less than two months after her April 2011 nuptials to Prince William.

REUTERS/Simon Dawson Princess Charlotte waves as she leaves St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following the wedding of her uncle Prince Harry to Megan Markle Royal wedding Princess Charlotte on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Next week, reports People, Meghan will join the Queen for their first solo outing together when they'll travel overnight on the Royal Train for a day-long engagement in Cheshire. He had a hip operation in April and retired from public life a year ago. Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has been the official commemoration of the sovereign's birthday, and throughout her reign, the Queen has never missed the occasion, apart from in 1955 when the event was cancelled due to a national rail strike.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte couldn't have looked cuter in their smart little outfits - co-ordinating perfectly with mum Kate, who wore a gorgeous pale blue Alexander McQueen dress.

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So while Meghan stood in the front row to watch the Queen and royal colonels (Charles, William, Andrew and Anne) return to the palace with their troops, she took a more protected position during the longer, most famous part of the balcony tradition: the flypast by the Royal Air Force. She is the Queen's eldest great grandchild.

Earlier, the pomp and pageantry of Trooping the Colour was staged on Horse Guards Parade - a first for Meghan.

Meghan, the new Duchess of Sussex, who has been welcomed into the Royal Family with open arms, has a busy week of appearances ahead.

"Both of us have passions for wanting to make change, change for good, and, you know, with lots of young people running around the commonwealth, that's where we'll spend most of our time hopefully", Harry said shortly after the couple's engagement was announced in November.

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