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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured with royal family for the first time since leaving UK as senior royals

Trooping the Colour saw members of the royal family come together

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a sensational return to the UK this week, bringing their two children, Archie and Lilibet, with them. On Thursday, the couple were among the royals who stepped out to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and to mark her 70 years on the throne.

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Meghan, 40, was seen from inside the Major General's Office, talking to Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade, in pictures obtained by MailOnline.

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At one point, Prince Harry and Meghan were seen playfully telling some royal children including Isla Phillips and Lena Tindall to be quiet as they watched the parade. The couple were at the traditional Trooping the Colour event to celebrate Her Majesty's official birthday.

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While Harry and Meghan watched the procession from indoors, they were not seen on the iconic balcony at Buckingham Palace. They had a prime vantage point with members of the monarchy from the Duke of Wellington's former office, overlooking Horse Guards Parade, as they watched Prince Charles inspect the guardsmen and officers and take their salute.

Meghan looked incredible wearing a sleek bodycon dress complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and wrap detailing. The stunning frock, which came in a stylish navy hue, featured capped sleeves and a chic midi length. 

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She accessorised with elegant drop earrings and a large, wide-brimmed white hat adorned with an oversized bow by British milliner Stephen Jones. Meghan styled her raven hair in voluminous curls, draped to one side.

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Meghan pictured with some of the royal children on Thursday credit - Kelvin Bruce

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The Sussexes are also expected to join the congregation for Friday's service of thanksgiving for the Queen's 70-year reign at St Paul's Cathedral, but their participation in Trooping is an added element.

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This is the first time Harry and Meghan have brought their family to the UK since leaving for the US in 2020. The Duke previously said he had wanted to return to his home country but felt it wasn't safe to due to his lack of security.

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The mum-of-two was seen playfully shushing some of the royal kids credit - Kelvin Bruce

The trip is no doubt extra special for Prince Harry and Meghan as this is baby Lilibet's first introduction to the Queen and the royals. She is also set to receive some special attention as it's her first birthday on Saturday.

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While the appearance also marks the first time the world is catching a proper glimpse of Lili, as she is known, the Sussexes finally shared the first photograph of Lilibet with the release of their 2021 Christmas card.

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Prince Harry seen from inside the Major General's Office credit - Kelvin Bruce

The adorable family photo was taken by their wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski in the summer at the couple's home in Montecito.

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The precious portrait sees the family posing on some steps with Archie, two, sitting on Harry's lap and Meghan lifting Lilibet in the air.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with Camilla on Thursday

The message on the card read: "Happy Holidays. This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a 'Mama' and a 'Papa', and Lili made us a family."

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