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New mum Meghan returns to Royal duties: The Duchess of Sussex makes her first public appearance since the birth of baby Archie as she arrives to help celebrate The Queen's birthday at Trooping the Colour

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 08/06/2019 Connor Boyd and Luke Andrews For Mailonline
a car parked in front of a bus: Meghan's here: The Duchess of Sussex is spotted for the first time since revealing Prince Archie to the world. She is pictured arriving at Trooping The Colour for the Queen's official birthday parade © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan's here: The Duchess of Sussex is spotted for the first time since revealing Prince Archie to the world. She is pictured arriving at Trooping The Colour for the Queen's official birthday parade

Meghan Markle has been pictured for this first time since revealing Prince Archie to the world, as she attends the Queen's official birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour. 

The Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth just four weeks ago, was seen arriving at Horse Guards Parade in London in the back of a black Range Rover. 

She will join the royals and thousands of spectators to watch 1,400 troops and 400 musicians march in the parade. 

a man wearing a hat talking on a cell phone: Meghan Markle is rumoured to be attending the Queen's official birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour, which is happening today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan Markle is rumoured to be attending the Queen's official birthday parade, known as Trooping the Colour, which is happening today

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are among those expected to attend.

Meghan also did not put in an appearance for the Windsor wedding of Lady Gabriella, who is 52nd in line to the throne, which happened just 12 days after she gave birth. 

At today's celebrations the Queen is expected to be joined by members of her family to watch the ceremony from a dias at Horse Guards Parade, London. 

Those expected to attend include the royal colonels, all on horseback, will accompany the Queen: The Prince of Wales, colonel of the Welsh Guards; the Princess Royal, colonel of the Blues and Royals; the Duke of Cambridge, colonel of the Irish Guards, and the Duke of York, colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are also expected to attend. 

The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, will watch the Trooping ceremony and also inspect the lines of guardsmen in their scarlet tunics and bearskins.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who celebrates his 98th birthday on Monday, has retired from official public duties and is not expected to attend.

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: She made her last appearance four weeks ago when she introduced baby Archie to the nation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She made her last appearance four weeks ago when she introduced baby Archie to the nation

The ceremony, which involves around 1,400 soldiers, will see the Queen travel to and from Horse Guards Parade in a procession accompanied by a Sovereign's Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of the Life Guards and Blues and Royals, in their silver and gold breastplates and plumed helmets.

The massed bands of the Household Division will provide musical backing during the day and also taking part is the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery who, following the parade, will fire a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen's official birthday.

After the ceremony, the royal family will head back to Buckingham Palace and gather on the balcony to watch the RAF flypast.

More than 20 aircraft will take part including modern jets and historic aircraft, while the Red Arrows will be the finale.

Among the soldiers expected for the pomp and pageantry are identical twins Ben and Thomas Dell, both 21, from Bath, Somerset. 

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Guardsman Thomas will be with the Grenadier Guards and Trooper Ben will be with the Household Cavalry.

It will be the first time Thomas troops his colour but Ben's third time involved in the pomp and pageantry of the event.

'Everything is a competition between both of us,' Ben said. 

a person wearing a red hat: Among soldiers expected to attend are identical twins Ben and Thomas Dell, both 21, from Bath in Somerset. Thomas is in the Grenadier Guards while Ben will be with the Household Cavalry © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Among soldiers expected to attend are identical twins Ben and Thomas Dell, both 21, from Bath in Somerset. Thomas is in the Grenadier Guards while Ben will be with the Household Cavalry

'At home, since we were very young all the way up to now, it's always a competition of who's the better one. It's a lot of fun.'

The 21-year-old twins will be among the soldiers taking part, along with 400 musicians from the massed bands.

Recognised for their scarlet tunics and bearskin hats, the Grenadier Guards carry out an operational role as well as duties at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

The mounted regiment of the Household Cavalry, with which Ben serves, provides ceremonial troops for all state occasions, including the opening of Parliament.

a group of people riding on the back of a horse: Trooping the Colour celebrates the Queen's official birthday, after she turned 93 in April this year, and will feature more than 1,400 troops and 400 musicians © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Trooping the Colour celebrates the Queen's official birthday, after she turned 93 in April this year, and will feature more than 1,400 troops and 400 musicians

As a Grenadier Guard, Thomas was deployed to Iraq to work with the US coalition and returned to the UK just before Christmas. 

Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle.

Colours, or flags, were carried, or 'trooped', down the rank so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

In the 18th century, guards from the royal palaces assembled daily at Horse Guards Parade to 'troop the colours' and in 1748 it was announced the parade would also mark the Sovereign's official birthday.

Gallery: Meghan's style file (Photo Services)

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