Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family gathered to mark “Trooping the Color,” an annual tradition celebrating the queen’s official birthday.
But on this occasion, all eyes were on Prince George, who made his very first balcony appearance, just like his father did at the same age more than 30 years ago.
We very rarely get to see him, as the little prince makes very few public appearances, so to be here today, to be standing on that balcony, on that iconic balcony, for the very first time … it’s a huge day for him.
The third-in-line to the throne, who was just shy of his second birthday, excitedly waved to his parents from inside a Buckingham Palace window as they participated in the festivities to honor the queen. He appeared unfazed by the tens of thousands of people who had come out to catch a glimpse of their future king.
Queen Elizabeth II’s 89th birthday was actually on April 21 but every year the event takes place on the second Saturday in June when the weather is supposed to be a bit more predictable.
Princess Kate made her first since appearance giving birth to Princess Charlotte about six weeks ago.
Kate took five weeks off after Prince George’s birth but is expected to spend most of the summer with her family at their country home in Norfolk about three hours from London while Prince William is busy with his new air ambulance job nearby.
Princess Charlotte is just a little too young to be making her first balcony appearance just yet.
In about three weeks, the royal family will gather again for Princess Charlotte’s christening at Mary Magdalene Church on the queen’s estate in Sandringham.