See Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and More Royals’ First Appearances at Trooping the Colour See Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and More Royals’ First Appearances at Trooping the Colour
From Prince Charles’s 1951 debut to Meghan Markle’s first wave from the balcony last year.
There’s a first time for everything. Although it seems like many longtime working royals—Prince Charles, say—have always been at the annual Trooping the Colour parade, waving dutifully from the Buckingham Palace balcony, each royal family member still made a debut appearance at the event. Below, what those first times have looked like, from Prince Charles’s first carriage ride in 1951 to Meghan Markle’s first balcony wave in 2018.
Meghan MarkleMeghan first attended the parade in 2018—just months after marrying Prince Harry and becoming an official working royal.
Princess Charlotteprincess charlotte prince george kate middleton prince william trooping the colour balconyMARK CUTHBERTGETTY IMAGESPrincess Charlotte made her balcony debut on June 11, 2016, after celebrating her first birthday in May of that year
Prince Georgeprince george prince william kate middleton trooping the colour buckingham palace balconySAMIR HUSSEINGETTY IMAGESIn June 2014, Prince George was still a month shy of his first birthday, and the family decided to wait until 2015 to bring him to Trooping the Colour.
Kate MiddletonAfter saying “I do” to Prince William in April 2011, Kate first attended the parade that June.
Prince HarryPrincess Diana played a supporting role in Prince Harry’s first balcony appearance, back in 1985.
Prince WilliamPrince Charles tended to Prince William during his first Trooping the Colour in 1984, when he was about two years old
Princess DianaJust ahead of her and Prince Charles’s wedding, in July 1981, then-Lady Diana Spencer attended the parade for the first time.
Prince Edward got a particularly early start with the annual tradition, when Queen Elizabeth carried the months-old royal onto the balcony in 1964.
Prince AndrewPrince Andrew stepped out barefoot for his balcony debut in 1961.
Princess AnnePrincess Anne first went to Trooping the Colour in 1953, when she was a couple months shy of two years old.
Prince CharlesPrince Charles first went to Trooping the Colour in 1951. It was also an eventful Trooping for his mother—the then-Princess Elizabeth had to step into her father King George VI’s role, after he was unable to attend.