Today the royal family attended Trooping the Colour, an annual military parade celebrating the monarch's official birthday. The "birthday" aspect of the event is a bit confusing, since the Queen's actual birthday is April 21. The tradition began in 1748 with King George II and features over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musician "in a great display of military precision, horsemanship and fanfare," according to the royal family's official site.
Most members of the royal family were accounted for, sans Prince Philip, who retired from public life in 2017. Taking center stage this year was Prince Louis, who seemed to really love his first Trooping the Colour.
Kate wore a yellow coat dress by Alexander McQueen and accessorized with a Philip Treacy hat and pearl drop earrings on loan from the Queen.
William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, took part in the parade alongside his father, uncles and aunt, all of whom are Colonels of different regiments within the British armed forces.
After the parade (which includes a carriage procession many of the royals take part in), the family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Air Force flypast, a spectacular aviation exercise over London in which the planes emit red, white and blue colors.
Someone was very into it:
Meghan Markle, whose attendance was up in the air given that she gave birth only five weeks ago to son Archie, wore Givenchy for the occasion. Every female on planet earth -- present company included -- applauds this effort. Now let the woman go home and get back in her sweatpants.
Smiling through the sleep deprivation:
Back to Louis, who really made the most of his first balcony appearance. So much so that he almost whacked Camilla in the face.
A few more of Louis the Cutie:
Louis: "This is great!"
George: "This is like watching paint dry."
Prior to getting in on the balcony action, the Cambridge kids had to watch everything from behind a palace window. BO-RING.
"There's Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan. Wave, I guess."