Royals Return to Buckingham Palace Balcony

The royal family finished off this year’s Trooping the Colour celebrations with the traditional appearance on Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony, from which they viewed the Royal Air Force flypast following a military procession down London’s Mall.

Flanking King Charles III and Queen Camilla were Prince William and Princess Kate, as well as their three children—Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9, and Prince Louis, 6. On the other side of the British monarch were his younger brother, Prince Edward, and Edward’s wife and daughter, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Lady Louise Windsor. Other royals who appeared on the balcony included Charles’s sister, Princess Anne, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence; Prince Richard and Birgitte, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.

london, england june 15 prince george of wales, prince william, prince of wales, prince louis of wales, princess charlotte of wales, catherine, princess of wales, king charles iii and queen camilla during trooping the colour at buckingham palace on june 15, 2024 in london, england trooping the colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the british monarch the event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses more than 400 musicians from ten different bands and corps of drums march and perform in perfect harmony photo by chris jacksongetty images

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Members of the royal family have traditionally gathered together on the balcony, on the front facade of the palace’s east wing, during major ceremonial events since the mid–19th century. There are technically no fixed rules about who is allowed to appear there, but recent years have seen fewer family members on the balcony as the number of working senior royals has also dwindled. At Queen Elizabeth II’s 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations, for instance, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson explained to Bazaar that only senior royals “who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the queen” would be invited to make public appearances.

prince george, the prince of wales, prince louis, the princess of wales, princess charlotte, king charles iii, queen camilla and the duchess of edinburgh on the balcony of buckingham palace, london, to view the flypast following the trooping the colour ceremony in central london, as king charles celebrates his official birthday picture date saturday june 15, 2024 photo by james manningpa images via getty images

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Trooping the Colour is an annual celebration of the reigning monarch’s birthday (but traditionally takes place in June, regardless of the sovereign’s actual date of birth), and today’s ceremonies also marked a grand return to the public eye for Catherine, Princess of Wales. Until today, Kate had not ventured out on an official public engagement since Christmas, after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Still, her appearance today does not mean she will be returning to work in a full-time capacity any time soon. In a letter released by Kensington Palace yesterday, the princess explained, “I am not out of the woods yet. I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much-needed time to heal.”

london, united kingdom november 14 embargoed for publication in uk newspapers until 24 hours after create date and time catherine, duchess of cambridge attends the annual remembrance sunday service at the cenotaph on november 14, 2021 in london, england photo by max mumbyindigogetty images

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As an associate editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey keeps a finger on the pulse on all things celeb news. She also writes on social movements, connecting with activists leading the fight on workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, rewatching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or buying yet another corset.