Trooping the Colour: Meghan Markle makes post-baby public debut

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Meghan Markle made her official return to public life on Saturday for the annual Trooping the Colour celebration in honor of Queen Elizabeth's birthday.

The Duchess of Sussex took a break from her maternity leave just over a month after giving birth to her first son with Prince Harry, Archie Harrison, to participate in the celebratory event, which comes nearly two months after the monarch turned 93.

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Her appearance on Saturday marked just the second time that she's been seen since giving birth, with the only other time being two days after welcoming Archie for a brief photo-call. Notably, she didn't break her maternity leave during the Trumps' state visit to London earlier in the week.

Meghan was all smiles at Trooping the Colour in a navy dress made by Clare Waight Keller, who designed her wedding dress and is the artistic director for Givenchy, that she paired with a matching hat by Noel Stewart.

Thousands of spectators from the British public were lining the carriage routes to greet the royals, celebrate the Queen and, presumably, get a glimpse of new mom Meghan.

After riding in a carriage to Buckingham Palace alongside Harry, Duchess Kate and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace alongside the rest of the royal family, a group that included Prince Louis, 1, for the first time this year.

Meghan made her debut last year, just one month after marrying Prince Harry, who is not taking a paternity leave and has attended a slew of events since welcoming his first child.