Trooping the Colour: See How Each Royal Family Member Made Their Big Balcony Debut
Can you believe it's been a year since Meghan Markle made her debut at Trooping the Colour? Over the weekend, the Duchess of Sussex surprised us all when she took a break from her maternity leave and made her second appearance at the royal affair. To make matters even sweeter, Prince Louis also graced us with his presence, marking his Trooping the Colour debut.
For those who aren't familiar with Trooping the Colour, it's an annual ceremony that originally began as a military parade when Charles II was king in the 17th century and takes place on one Saturday in June. During the event, the British royal family watch a flyover by the Royal Air Force, and a 41-gun salute is fired. While Trooping the Colour is usually reserved for family, both Princess Diana and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, made their debuts as fiancées. Ahead, take a walk down memory lane and look back at the royal family's Trooping the Colour debuts.
Queen Elizabeth II, 1931
Queen Elizabeth II was 5 years old when she made her debut. Little did she know, she'd be appointed to the throne after her father King George VI's death 20 years later.
Prince Philip, 1952
Four months after Queen Elizabeth II took the throne, Prince Philip accompanied her to Trooping the Colour, marking his first time at the event.
Prince Charles, 1951
Prince Charles attended the military parade for the first time with his grandmother the queen mother and his aunt Princess Margaret.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2005
On the other hand, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, didn't make her debut until two months after she and Prince Charles tied the knot. She arrived in a horse-drawn carriage with Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Prince William, 1984
The Duke of Cambridge was just days away from celebrating his second birthday when he made his Buckingham Palace debut alongside Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and the rest of the royal family.
Kate Middleton, 2011
The Duchess of Cambridge attended Trooping the Colour for the first time ever two months after her April 2011 wedding to Prince William.
Princess Charlotte, 2016
Princess Charlotte hit a major milestone a month after celebrating her first birthday: she made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut!
Prince Harry, 1985
The Duke of Sussex was 9 months old when Princess Diana and Prince Charles took him to his first Trooping the Colour.
Prince Andrew, 1961
Prince Andrew was 1 when he made his debut in Queen Elizabeth II's arms.
Princess Beatrice, 1991
Princess Beatrice was just two months away from turning 3 when she made her debut.
Princess Eugenie, 1998
Meanwhile, her younger sister was 8 years old when she made hers.
Prince Edward, 1964
Prince Edward was the youngest royal family member to make his debut under Queen Elizabeth II's reign at just 3 months old. What a cutie!
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 1999
A week before tying the knot with Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, made her first Trooping the Colour appearance.
Lady Louise Windsor, 2009
Lady Louise Windsor was 5 years old when she stepped out for her first military parade with her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
James, Viscount Severn, 2013
Lady Louise Windsor's younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, also made his Trooping the Colour debut at the same age.
Princess Anne, 1953
For her first Trooping the Colour, Princess Anne arrived in a carriage with the queen mother, Prince Charles, and Princess Margaret.
Peter Phillips, 1980
Princess Anne's son was 2 years old when he attended his first Trooping the Colour.
Autumn Kelly Phillips, 2008
A month after tying the knot with Peter Phillips, Autumn Kelly joined him at Trooping the Colour.
Isla and Savannah Phillips, 2017
Peter and Autumn Phillips's daughters made their debuts together. Isla was 5 at the time, while Savannah was 6.
Zara Tindall, 1984
Zara Tindall was 3 years old when she attended her first Trooping the Colour with the royal family.
Mike Tindall, 2016
Nearly five years after getting married to Zara, Mike Tindall attended his first Trooping the Colour.