Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Next Public Appearance Will Probably Be Another Family Affair

Mark your calendars!

Updated 05/25/18

James Devaney/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still have a few things to take care of before they jet off on a much-deserved honeymoon. On Tuesday, only a few days after their gorgeous royal wedding in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, they made their first public appearance as newlyweds at a celebration at the Buckingham Palace Gardens in honor of Harry's father Prince Charles's birthday and charity work. And according to People, Meghan and Harry's next post-wedding, pre-honeymoon official royal outing will be at yet another family birthday party: Queen Elizabeth's annual Trooping the Colour celebration, which takes place each June, several weeks after her actual April 21 birth date.

During the Trooping the Colour event, which falls on June 9 this year, Queen Elizabeth is honored with a military parade and royal salute, and rides in a carriage from Buckingham Palace to the nearby Horse Guards Parade grounds, where she inspects the troops and returns the salute. The rest of the family makes the trip with their matriarch, with royal colonels Prince Charles and Prince William riding alongside her carriage on horseback, and everyone else, including Prince Harry, Duchess Camilla, and Kate Middleton, following in a procession of carriages. This year, per People, there's a good chance Harry and Meghan will get to ride in a carriage of their own behind Harry's grandmother, until she decides to bestow the title of colonel-in-chief upon him, thus upgrading his ride from a carriage to a horse.

Though the world will surely be keeping a close eye on how the newly titled Duchess of Sussex dresses and acts at the royal celebration, it's clear that Markle is already completely comfortable attending formal events with her husband's family. At Tuesday's garden party, she wore a gorgeous pale pink Goat dress and Philip Treacy hat, shared a giggle with Harry's father and stepmother, and showed some flirty PDA to Harry as they headed back into the palace. Clearly, she'll have no problem whatsoever fitting into the family pics on the Buckingham Palace balcony at the end of this year's Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Related Stories