Prince Louis makes his Buckingham Palace balcony debut

When the royal family made their traditional appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony after Trooping the Colour, there was a new face among them – Prince Louis.

William held his 13-month-old son in his arms as the toddler made his first appearance on the balcony in front of the crowds and appeared a natural.

After the fly-past of RAF aircraft, from historic planes to modern jets, the national anthem was played and Louis joined the crowds in clapping after it ended.

With his older brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, stood nearby with Kate he waved at the crowds enthusiastically and carried on waving as his father carried him inside.

Prince Louis made his Buckingham Palace debut today, carried by his father the Duke of Cambridge during today’s Trooping of the Colour ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday

Prince Louis, his parents and siblings looked up as a nine-ship formation of the Red Arrows powered overheard

Prince Louis, his parents and siblings looked up as a nine-ship formation of the Red Arrows powered overheard

Prince Louis, his parents and siblings looked up as a nine-ship formation of the Red Arrows powered overheard 

The Queen, right, was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as other senior members of the Royal Family

The Queen, right, was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as other senior members of the Royal Family

The Queen, right, was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as other senior members of the Royal Family

The Red Arrows performed a fly past over Buckingham Palace at the end of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony

The Red Arrows performed a fly past over Buckingham Palace at the end of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony

The Red Arrows performed a fly past over Buckingham Palace at the end of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony 

Military pomp and pageantry was on display to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday – and new mother the Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance since giving birth.

The Queen’s milestone was marked with the Trooping the Colour ceremony that saw some of Britain’s most prestigious regiments stage the centuries-old spectacle.

And among the royals was Meghan, attending her first official royal engagement since giving birth to son Archie just over four weeks ago.

The duchess has been on maternity leave caring for her baby born at a private London hospital on May 6, and Harry has already spoken about how parenthood has changed their lives, saying he cannot imagine life without his son.

Meghan joined Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge in a coach that was greeted by cheers from crowds in the Mall as it made its way to Horse Guards Parade in London’s Whitehall for the Trooping ceremony.

In another horse-drawn carriage was Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, Princess Beatrice and the Duke of Kent.

Prince George, left, stood inside a window overlooking the Trooping of the Guard ceremony along with his younger siblings, Prince Louis, centre and Princess Charlotte, right

Prince George, left, stood inside a window overlooking the Trooping of the Guard ceremony along with his younger siblings, Prince Louis, centre and Princess Charlotte, right

Prince George, left, stood inside a window overlooking the Trooping of the Guard ceremony along with his younger siblings, Prince Louis, centre and Princess Charlotte, right

Princess Charlotte, right, made a cheeky grin as she watched the centuries-old ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace

Princess Charlotte, right, made a cheeky grin as she watched the centuries-old ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace

Princess Charlotte, right, made a cheeky grin as she watched the centuries-old ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace

Prince Louis, left, looked as if he had been practicing his royal wave alongside his sister Princess Charlotte

Prince Louis, left, looked as if he had been practicing his royal wave alongside his sister Princess Charlotte

Prince Louis, left, looked as if he had been practicing his royal wave alongside his sister Princess Charlotte

The Queen arrived in a procession full of pomp and pageantry featuring a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

Riding on horseback behind the Queen’s coach were the royal colonels: The Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards and Duke of York, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Trooping the Colour is social as well as a ceremonial occasion and in the stands overlooking the parade ground were the wives, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.

The event featured around 1,400 servicemen in total and hundreds of Guardsmen were lined up on the parade ground waiting to be inspected by the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are whisked away in a carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are whisked away in a carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are whisked away in a carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade 

The new parents smile and wave as they head to the parade. Prince Harry dawned his frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry of the British Army

The new parents smile and wave as they head to the parade. Prince Harry dawned his frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry of the British Army

The new parents smile and wave as they head to the parade. Prince Harry dawned his frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, part of the Household Cavalry of the British Army

The couple sat facing Kate and Camilla and passed rows of cheering fans who turned out in droves to watch 1,400 troops, 400 musicians and 200 horses march in the parade

The couple sat facing Kate and Camilla and passed rows of cheering fans who turned out in droves to watch 1,400 troops, 400 musicians and 200 horses march in the parade

The couple sat facing Kate and Camilla and passed rows of cheering fans who turned out in droves to watch 1,400 troops, 400 musicians and 200 horses march in the parade

The colour, or ceremonial regimental flag, being paraded this year was from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, a frontline infantry regiment of the British Army when not performing ceremonial duties.

Their lineage can be traced back to 1656 when the military unit was raised as the sovereign’s bodyguards by King Charles II while in exile in Bruges.

Harry, Meghan, Kate and the other royals – including the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children the Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor – watched events from Wellington’s office overlooking Horse Guards.

Among the guests was Theresa May who formally stepped down as Prime Minister on Friday, but will remain in office until an successor has been appointed.

Soon after the Queen arrived on the parade ground the national anthem was played and a horse could be seen running across the open space after apparently unseating its rider.

The Queen began the ceremony by inspecting the lines of guardsmen on the parade ground, casting a critical eye over the soldiers as she passed in her carriage followed by the royal colonels on horseback.

She and Harry were full of smiles as they chatted away to Kate and Camilla on their way to watch the annual parade

She and Harry were full of smiles as they chatted away to Kate and Camilla on their way to watch the annual parade

She and Harry were full of smiles as they chatted away to Kate and Camilla on their way to watch the annual parade 

Four generations of the royal family were gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch the traditional flypast which featured modern Typhoon jets and also aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – an iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber

Four generations of the royal family were gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch the traditional flypast which featured modern Typhoon jets and also aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – an iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber

Four generations of the royal family were gathered on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to watch the traditional flypast which featured modern Typhoon jets and also aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – an iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber

The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, arrives to watch the parade in one of her luxurious horse-drawn carriages. She will also inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins

The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, arrives to watch the parade in one of her luxurious horse-drawn carriages. She will also inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins

The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, arrives to watch the parade in one of her luxurious horse-drawn carriages. She will also inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins

Colours, or flags, were carried, or ‘trooped’, down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to ‘troop the colours’, and in 1748 it was announced that the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

The Queen’s actual birthday was on April 21 when she turned 93.

The massed bands of the Household Division and the Mounted Band of the Household Calvary provided the musical backing for the ceremony.

While also taking part was the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

The colour was first trooped through the ranks of soldiers before the guardsmen marched past the Queen, first in slow then in quick time.

Spectators were treated to the sight of precision marching with each Guardsman having trod more than 270 miles in rehearsals and taken more than half a million steps.

(From left to right) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, on horseback follow the Queen's carriage

(From left to right) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, on horseback follow the Queen's carriage

(From left to right) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal, on horseback follow the Queen’s carriage

Medics help a soldier who fell from his horse during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in central London

Medics help a soldier who fell from his horse during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in central London

Medics help a soldier who fell from his horse during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in central London

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