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Sikh soldier makes history by wearing turban during Trooping the Colour parade

Sikh soldier makes history by wearing turban during Trooping the Colour parade

It's official: the Duchess of Sussex has made her debut appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour 2018.

Trooping the Colour is the annual parade celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth.

Watched by large crowds, the newlyweds arrived in a horse-drawn carriage as part of a procession.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from official public duties, was the only major figure missing from the gathering.

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle attended Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday celebration on Saturday. Meghan wore a simple peach dress by Carolina Herrera, but its off-the-shoulder style was a bit too cocktail-y for such an important military event in which shoulders are usually covered.

One guardsman stood out: Charanpreet Singh Lall, a 22-year-old Sikh from Leicester, who wore a black turban.

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Over 1,400 soldiers took part in the parade to mark the Queen's official birthday.

Four generations of the royal family were gathered on Buckingham Palace's balcony to watch the traditional flypast which featured modern Typhoon jets and also aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - an iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber.

Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesIT'S HER PARTYThe Queen's actual birthday was April 21.

Next week, reports People, Meghan will join the Queen for their first solo outing together when they'll travel overnight on the Royal Train for a day-long engagement in Cheshire.

Prince Phillip, who was recently at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding at St. George's Chapel, is instead spending the weekend privately. Princess Anne and her brother, Prince Andrew are also members of the Queen's guard, but at this time, Prince Harry is not. While the Palace hasn't given any indication how Meghan will focus her charitable work, given her previous interest in women's empowerment, she may select a charity that benefits from her experience in this arena.

The British media is reporting neither Prince Harry, nor Prince William and Catherine, have travelled on the royal train before, so the invitation from the Queen is considered a mark of her high regard for Meghan. See PA story ROYAL Wedding.


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