Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, looked pretty in pink for her first appearance at Trooping the Colour Saturday, an annual ceremony in honour of the Queen’s birthday. The newlywed was glowing in a light pink Carolina Herrera dress and a Philip Treacy hat, while her new husband, Prince Harry, looked dashing in uniform.
The Duke and Duchess rode into the parade on a carriage, while Camilla and Kate Middleton rode in front of them. Prince William and Prince Charles, royal colonels of the Household Division, were also in attendance at the ceremony, but they rode in on horseback instead.
Later, the royal family gathered on the balcony to watch the Royal Air Force flying through the sky in front of them.
In a candid moment caught on Instagram, the Duchess of Sussex asks her husband about curtsying to the queen, mouthing, “do it?” Prince Harry answers, “yes.” Royals, they’re just like us!
The event was the couple’s first post-honeymoon appearance together, and judging by their winning smiles, it looks like they still haven’t come down from the wedding high. Prince Harry had already made his first solo appearance since their trip, though, at OnSide Youth Zones gala dinner at Kensington Palace last Thursday.
Despite the elegance of the Duchess’s pale pink look, Internet trolls have still found a way to shame her for her wardrobe choices. Royal followers criticized her look, arguing that the off-the-shoulder neckline was inappropriate for the Queen’s birthday celebration.
As pretty as Meghan Markle looked, the choice of neckline for the outfit did not go down too well with the royal family fans and followers..the dress was inappropriate for Trooping the Colour or any formal event.. Duchess must endear herself to public..She has a duty to fulfill
— ddp thorat (@ddpthorat) June 12, 2018
not sure an off the shoulder sun dress appropriate Meghan ….its not a film premiere #troopingthecolour
— hughes (@thehugheslady) June 9, 2018
Express reports that Meghan actually broke royal protocol by wearing something so revealing to the event. Traditionally, women are required to wear long sleeves to this specific event (as Kate Middleton did with her light blue dress), and that off-the-shoulder or “revealing styles” are “discouraged.”
Other critics are saying Meghan’s look for Trooping the Colour was a little too similar to the other pale pink outfit she wore to her first official appearance as a royal at the Buckingham Palace Garden, suggesting she may even have worn the same Philip Treacy hat twice. However, PEOPLE reports there are definite differences between the hats, so it’s clear the Duchess hasn’t repeated any accessories just yet.
The Trooping the Colour ceremony has been going on in Britain since the 17th Century. It was first used as a practical event during which officers would display the “colours” or flags of their regiment so that troops could recognize them easily, and in 1748, the parade became an official birthday celebration for the sovereign.
What’s next for the world’s favourite newlyweds? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be making an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.