On Saturday we got to see the royal family in full force, with all important members coming out for the Trooping the Color celebrations. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were also there, marking their first joint appearance since the birth of their first son Archie. And despite that, they still weren’t in the focus on the balcony.
Much like last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not as prominent on the balcony as Kate Middleton and Prince William and their three children. This all comes down to the royal “pecking order” and the desire for the kids to be the focus.
“She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, previously told PEOPLE. “There was no slight intended, but William being the older, the more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”
Last year, a palace source told PEOPLE: “There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand. And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front.”
Meghan Markle arrived at the annual celebration in honour of the Queen’s birthday in a carriage, sharing it with her husband Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla and Kate Middleton.
The royal couple welcomed their son Archie Harrison almost five weeks ago, on May 6, and since then they have been settling into the life as a family of three at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor. The youngest royal was left out of the event and left in the care of royal staff members during the event, as he is far too young to attend such a noisy and crowded event such as this.
Instead, he had to leave the title of youngest present royal to his cousin, Prince Louis, the third child of Kate and William. He was joined by his elder siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but no doubt, he was the main event on the balcony. For his debut at Trooping the Color the little royal enthusiastically waved to the crowds below and to the planes flying overhead.
The day started with a grand military parade and the arrivals of the royals via carriages. Meghan and Harry shared a carriage ride (her second!), while the Queen arrived on her own.