Over the weekend, the royal family gave another appearance for the Queen's birthday. Every year on the sovereign's birthday, there is a parade called Trooping the Colour—which is more commonly known as the Queen's Birthday Parade.
Trooping the color refers to the tradition of regiments showing their flags or "colour," so all the troops would recognize their banners during battle. This happened in conjunction with another tradition—the balcony appearance—started by Queen Victoria. In 1851, she decided to greet her subjects from the balcony during the opening celebrations of the Great Exhibition in 1851.
Queen Elizabeth has attended trooping the colour every year of her reign except 1955 when it was canceled because of a general strike. Here she's seen attending as Princess Elizabeth in 1947 while her father George VI was on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth wasn't the only one present on the balcony. She was joined the entire royal family. It was the ultimate photo op. Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry, and Meghan all joined the queen. There were also several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillip, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Anne.
This balcony visit is important because it marks Meghan’s first balcony appearance. Duchess Kate made her first balcony appearance a little earlier. She appeared on the balcony on her wedding day to Prince William.
See the wonderful family photos. They are such a beautiful family!
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