One-year-old Prince Louis makes first royal engagement at Trooping the Colour as he plays with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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PRINCE Louis stole the hearts of the nation as he made his first official royal engagement at the Trooping the Colour ceremony today.

The smiling one-year-old tot looked adorable as peeked through the window at Buckingham Palace with his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Prince Louis did his first public event today at Trooping the Colour[/caption]

The grand event is held in honour of the Queen’s official birthday and ends with the royals watching the RAF fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Louis was seen peering at the crowds that had gathered outside the royal residence with his brother and sister.

Royal fans were desperate to see the young royal attend his first public event, following adorable pictures released at Kate’s Chelsea Flower Show garden.

It’s been tradition for the young Cambridge children to attend their first engagement at Trooping the Colour.

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Prince Louis was seen peering at the crowds that had gathered outside the royal residence, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte[/caption]

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It’s been tradition for the young Cambridge children to attend their first engagement at Trooping the Colour[/caption]

Earlier in the event, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade
Prince Louis’ mum Kate looked incredible in a yellow dress by Alexander McQueen and hat by Philip Treacy

Princess Charlotte, now four, made her debut in 2016, and her big brother Prince George, now five, in 2015.

The birthday celebration, on June 8, also sees Meghan Markle ending her maternity leave and returning to official duties.

The event is the first royal engagement for the Duchess of Sussex, who gave birth just 31 days ago to baby Archie.

The mum-of-one was last seen two days after giving birth, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented Archie to the world.

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Prince Louis was born on April 23 last year and is fifth in line to the throne[/caption]

The event today was Meghan’s first public engagement since giving birth to Archie on May 6
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She didn’t attend the royal banquet at Buckingham Palace held in honour American President Donald Trump this week.

Meghan made one of her first official royal engagements at the Trooping last year after marrying Prince Harry last May.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor didn’t attend the event today.

WHAT IS TROOPING THE COLOUR?

Trooping the Colour is an annual event that dates back to Charles II in the 17th century when regiment colours were trooped in front of soldiers so they could recognise their unit in battle.

The Queen has taken the salute every year since her coronation in 1953, apart from 1955 when it was cancelled due to a national rail strike.

Trooping the Colour is traditionally held on the second Saturday of June.

The royal occasion is also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade.

The day kicks off with an impressive pageantry parade which includes her personal troops, the Household Division and Horse Guards.

Usually the Queen rides in a carriage before inspecting the troops and taking a salute from the officers and men on parade.

The Queen traditionally has two birthdays, her actual birthday on April 21 and an official birthday marked every summer by the Trooping the Colour ceremony.



Meghan’s appearance today comes after The Sun exclusively revealed her wedding pictures with Harry were leaked on Instagram after their photographer was hacked.

We previously told how William and Harry “didn’t see each other in private for six months after the Royal Wedding”.

And “competitive” Prince William has “issues” with Prince Harry since he married Meghan Markle, according to another expert.



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