One of the most important annual events for the Royal Family is Trooping the Colour, which is taking place today! It marks the official birthday of the British Sovereign and is held on a Saturday in June every year. The event starts with the Queen and members of the Royal Family travelling down the Mall in carriages. The Queen is in the last carriage to depart from Buckingham Palace. Her carriage is preceded by three other carriages. The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex usually sit in one carriage together (or at least, they have been together with the three of them for the past seven years). This year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seated with the Duke of Kent in the second carriage, while the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were in the first carriage to depart.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are attending the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The couple is joined by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. It is their first engagement as a married couple after their wedding on Saturday in Windsor. The couple returned home to Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace yesterday. They will depart for their honeymoon later this month.
Over 6000 people are attending it from 386 of The Prince of Wales’ patronages, and 20 of The Prince’s military affiliations will be represented. Some of the first responders to the Manchester terrorist attack last year are also present for the Garden party. The Manchester attack, which killed 22 people, happened exactly one year ago today. The Duke of Cambridge attended the Manchester Arena National Memorial Service this afternoon at Manchester Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the attack.
The Duke of Sussex gave a short speech for the attending guests.
The Duchess of Sussex shared a joke with her new in-laws.
The official photographs from the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Saturday have been released by Kensington Palace. The pictures were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle, following the carriage procession.
The first of the three photographs shows the Duke and the Duchess with their immediate families, including Ms. Doria Ragland (the Duchess’ mother), the Queen, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge and prince George and Princess Charlotte. The picture was taken in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.
The second photograph shows the bride and the groom with their six bridesmaids and their four pageboys. The picture was also taken inside the Green Drawing Room inside the castle.
The last photographs depicts the happy couple on the East Steps of Windsor Castle. Meghan’s veil has been removed. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their Wedding. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.’
Photographs: ©Kensington Palace/Alexi Lubomirski
After the wedding ceremony, the carriage ride through Windsor and the lunchtime reception, it was time for the glamorous evening reception. This reception was hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle. Only 200 of the 600 wedding guests were invited for this exclusive party.
The Duke and Duchess did not choose to wear their day wear for the party, and changed inside Windsor Castle. Luckily, some photographers were allowed to take pictures of the couple leaving the Castle in a Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The car was already build in the 1960s but converted into an electric car a few years ago. The Duke drove his new wife to the venue.
As the couple stepped into their carriage after the wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, they were waved off by family and friends. The Carriage Procession through Windsor was designed to allow members of the public to see the couple. The couple travelled in one of the Ascot Landau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses.
The twenty-five minute procession saw the newlyweds travel along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town centre before returning along the beautiful, tree-lined Long Walk for their reception. Thousands of people lined the streets of Windsor to see the couple.