Meghan Markle joins Kate in Trooping the Colour carriage for first royal outing since Archie’s birth

MEGHAN Markle smiled as she joined Kate Middleton at Trooping the Colour today in her first public appearance since the birth of Archie.

But the Duchess of Sussex is not accompanied by her newborn son for the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.

Meghan and Harry in a carriage leaving Buckingham Palace for the parade today
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The Duchess of Cambridge beaming at crowds of wellwishers who came to watch the parade
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Meghan smiling at Kate on their way out of Buckingham Palace
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The Queen joining the celebration in a carriage

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Meghan and Harry arriving at Trooping the Colour earlier[/caption]

Meghan will join the rest of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in her first outing since Archie’s birth on May 6.

She briefly spoke in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle to show her baby to the world in the days after his birth.

But Meghan has spent the majority of her time since then bonding with Archie in Frogmore Cottage, her home with Prince Harry, away from the public eye.

Since Archie’s birth, Meghan has been absent from several high profile royal events.

Her presence alongside Kate today comes amid rumours of a rift between the princesses.

Kate Middleton will also join the other royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the ceremony
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Over 1,400 soldiers are taking part in Trooping the Colour – the parade celebrating the Queen’s official birthday
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Medics help a soldier who fell from his horse during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in central London
Meghan Markle will join the royal family for Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queen’s birthday this weekend – it will be her first public appearance since she gave birth to Archie
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Meghan didn’t attend the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace held in honour American President Donald Trump this week.

Days before his arrival, President Trump said he didn’t realise Meghan had been “nasty” about him — but praised the idea of an American princess.

Royal expert Ingrid Seward says Meghan’s outing today could be seen as a deliberate attempt to spite Trump

She said: “I don’t think [Meghan would] miss an opportunity like that – it’s totally high profile, so then it makes her, will make her point with Trump – ‘I didn’t come to the state banquet, here I am at the Trooping the Colour parade!’”

News of Meghan’s appearance comes after The Sun exclusively revealed her wedding pictures with Harry were leaked on Instagram after their photographer was hacked.

Meghan also missed out on the commemorative events for the 75th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.

Husband Harry had donned his Blues and Royals ceremonial uniform to pay tribute to Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday.

Speaking to the crowd which had six veterans of the D-Day landings in the audience, Harry said: “I can only say that you are a constant reminder of the great debt we owe those who have served this nation.”

 

Trooping the Colour sees 1,400 soldiers, 400 musicians and 200 horses parade to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday.

Her Majesty’s 93rd birthday was actually in April, but the official birthday parade is celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year.

Earlier, medics had to help a soldier who fell off his horse during the display.

The parade is held every year to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday
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Members of the Welsh Guards, a regiment of Household Division, march to Horseguards parade
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Wellwishers waving Union Jacks along the route of the parade this morning
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Thousands of royalists have turned out for the spectacular occasion
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