Savannah Phillips was the unexpected hero of Trooping the Colour 2018

Saul Bowman
June 10, 2018

A turban-wearing soldier of the Coldstream Guards became the first Sikh soldier to figure in the widely watched traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth. Although she celebrated her real birthday on April 21, Saturday marked the official birthday of the Sovereign, the Daily Mail points out.

The celebration kicked off with a military parade featuring more than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, with Meghan and Harry riding together in a horse-drawn carriage that took them to Buckingham Palace (Kate and Camilla rode in their own carriage).

The day's proceedings closed with an RAF flypast, which was watched by members of the royal family from Buckingham Palace's balcony. While watching the flypast, the seven-year-old hilariously placed her hand over Prince George's mouth when he began to giggle. Meghan Markle appeared for the first time with husband Prince Harry, to Kate's left.

Meghan, the new Duchess of Sussex, who has been welcomed into the Royal Family with open arms, has a busy week of appearances ahead.

The Queen cut a lonely figure as she attended Trooping the Colour alone, without Prince Phillip by her side. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed their in 2005.

At the very important celebration, Meghan opted for a custom Carolina Herrera ensemble that bared her shoulders and arms, which apparently is a no-no for royal women at the yearly event-at least until now.

Trooping the Color is a ceremony deeply rooted in the history of the United Kingdom.

Buckingham Palace tweeted that she had only missed one such event during her reign, and that was in 1955 during the country's general strike.

The Queen, who has refused to retire despite her advancing years, has upped her workload even further this year, doing 25 per cent more engagements and appearances than for the same period last year, according to royal observers Write Royalty.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex head back down the Mall to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England.

The Ministry of Defence said he was "receiving medical attention" but would not give further details.

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