Airplanes fly over Buckingham Palace in London during Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 8. The annual parade marks the official birthday celebration of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
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In photos: Trooping the Colour

Updated 4:13 PM ET, Sat June 8, 2019

Airplanes fly over Buckingham Palace in London during Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 8. The annual parade marks the official birthday celebration of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
Frank Augstein/AP

Britain's royal family took part Saturday, June 8, in the annual Trooping the Colour, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday. Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the British sovereign for more than 260 years.

Elizabeth's real birthday is April 21, but official celebrations always take place in June. Britain's longest-serving monarch is 93.

Traditionally, the parade, which moves from Buckingham Palace down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, gives the Queen a chance to review her army, with members of the royal family traveling on horseback or carriage.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made her first appearance at a public engagement since the birth of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May.