Meghan Markle with her husband, Harry, is seen in a white hat adorned with a navy blue ribbon, smiling with some of the children.
Their appearance ended months of speculation on whether the Sussexes would attend the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
An animated Meghan Markle appeared to playfully ‘shush’ a group of young royals as she made her first appearance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, from a window overlooking Horse Guards Parade in central London.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, chatted with 11-year-old Savannah Philips and her sister Isla, 10, together with Lena Tindall, three, and her older sister Mia, eight, as she appeared to joke that the girls should be quiet during the Trooping the Colour while it took place in the parade square below them.
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Today was the first day of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, marking the Queen’s record-breaking 70-year reign – no other British monarch has been on the throne as long. She made her first appearance of the four-day event on Buckingham Palace balcony to inspect the troops and watch the traditional flypast.
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Immaculate in pale blue, diamonds and pearls, she showed little sign of the mobility problems which had threatened to scupper any appearances at the Jubilee. Her only public concession to the frailty that comes at 96 was a slim walking stick.
Harry seemed to be in a morning suit, rather than the military uniforms his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William wore to the parade after he was stripped of his honorary titles as part of his Megxit deal with the Queen to step away from royal duties. Meghan joined her husband and royals including the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall to watch the spectacular military event from the Major General’s Office overlooking the Whitehall parade ground.
The balcony line-up was limited to working members of the royal family, ruling out Harry and Meghan as well as Prince Andrew. The Sussexes abandoned royal duties for a new life in America in 2020 and relations have been fraught.
There appeared to be no family tension in the brief glimpses of their interactions with other Royals through the palace windows. The Sussexes will join the congregation for Friday’s service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70-year reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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They are travelling with their children, three-year-old Archie and Lilibet who turns one on Saturday, and their visit to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has sparked rumours the couple will have their daughter christened with the monarch present.
It will be the first time the duke and duchess will have brought Lilibet, who was named in honour of the Queen, to the UK. Meghan Markle appears at Buckingham Palace
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