Meghan Markle Set To Make Her Royal Return At Trooping The Color

Meghan Markle has taken maternity leave and avoided the royal spotlight since giving birth to baby Archie Harrison, but she is expected to attend the upcoming Trooping the Color ceremony with the rest of the royal family. During the annual event that dates back centuries, fans will also get the chance to see Prince Louis make his first official appearance.

Meghan Markle and the rest of the Royal family at Trooping the Color 2018.
Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade on June 9, 2018 in London, England | Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic

What is Trooping the Color?

Trooping the color is a British tradition that dates back to 1748 when King George II decided to combine his birthday celebration with the annual summer military march. His actual birthday was in November, but it was too cold in Great Britain to celebrate with a parade. As a result, the British monarch has celebrated their “official birthday” in the summertime, regardless of their actual date of birth.

The current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II,  turned 93 on April 21st. But, Trooping the Color – which always takes place in June – will be her official public celebration complete with a military parade of more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses, and 400 musicians.

At the event, numerous members of the royal family make an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force fly past, giving fans a guaranteed opportunity to see their favorites all in one place.

Meghan Markle made her balcony debut last year with Prince Harry.

Prince Louis will make his royal debut at Trooping the Color

While fans have had the chance to see Prince Louis every now and then in some family photos – and during an outing at the Chelsea Flower Show – this year’s Trooping the Color will mark the 13-month-old’s first official public appearance as a senior member of the royal family.

According to The Express, Louis might not limit his appearance to the palace balcony. It’s possible that he will ride in an open-top carriage just like his dad and uncle did when they were little. When they were young boys, Prince William and Prince Harry rode in a carriage alongside Queen Elizabeth and their mother, the late Princess Diana.

Senior members of the royal family make their debut at a young age

At 13-months-old, Prince Louis will be making his debut at a similar age to his brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Prince George made his first official appearances in 2015 before he turned two, and Princess Charlotte made her debut at the Trooping the Color event in 2016 when she was 13 months old.

Senior royal members who are high in the line of succession don’t really have the option to lay low and avoid the spotlight. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are currently third, fourth, and fifth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William.

Meghan Markle is expected to attend

Insiders say that Meghan Markle will be in attendance to celebrate the Queen’s birthday just one month after becoming a mom for the first time. It isn’t clear if she and Prince Harry will bring Archie Harrison along with them, but chances are the one-month-old won’t be on the balcony with the rest of the family,

However, fans will most likely see the majority of the Queen’s family, as everyone from children to grandkids to nieces and nephews usually show up. As a rule, 30 to 40 members of the royal family are on the balcony for Trooping the Color.

Also expected to be in attendance is Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and of course, Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, last year Prince Philip, 97, didn’t attend, so he will most likely skip this year’s ceremony.

Meghan Markle made her first official appearance as a member of the royal family at Trooping the Color 2018,  just two weeks after marrying Prince Harry.