Meghan Markle pictured with royal family for the first time since leaving the UK as a senior royal

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 balcony, talking to Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall at Horse Guards Parade, in pictures obtained by MailOnline. The couple attended 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 will not be 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.

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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.

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.

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.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Camilla on Thursday

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