Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday celebrated her 93rd birthday with a parade, a cause for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of Prince Harry, to make her first official engagement since the birth of their son, Archie, in May.
The queen was also joined by other members of her family and thousands of spectators to watch the display in Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.
Elizabeth II is the queen of the UK and the other Commonwealth realms. She was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, they later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen’s birthday falls on April 21, however, she traditionally plans birthday festivities for June due to the typically warmer weather.
The crowds were in luck: After a rainy morning, the sun popped out.
The queen arrived at the Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace by carriage, where some 1,400 soldiers took part in the spectacle.
The Queen watched the ceremony – which this year parades the flag from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards – from a dais in Horse Guards Parade and she also inspected the lines of guardsmen.
The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who turns 98 years old on Monday, did not attend; he has rarely been seen in public since entering retirement.
Among the guests was Theresa May, who formally stepped down as Conservative party leader on Friday, but will remain in office until a successor has been appointed.