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See our favourite snaps from Trooping the Colour 2024

Kate thrilled the crowds with her return
King Charles saluting at the Trooping The Colour paradeImages: Getty

Trooping the Colour 2024 was more than just a chance to ogle the royal family in all their finery and marvel at the spectacle of a ceremony that has been going strong since 1748.

It was a reminder of the determination of the Windsors to keep calm and carry on, despite the upheaval some members of the family have been through this year.

“The late Queen Elizabeth would have been proud at how the family pulled together so magnificently, and presented a strong message of unity and resilience,” says royal writer Emily Ferguson.

In a powerful image of solidarity, the King, 75, and his daughter-in-law the Princess of Wales, 42, who are both having treatment for cancer, stood alongside each other on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, exchanging smiles and demonstrating their bond, which has grown during the tough times they’ve been through.

Kate’s decision to attend the event was announced last minute. Having not appeared in public for six months due to her illness, Charles was said to be “delighted” that she was there.

Her children Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, nine, and Prince Louis, six, looked thrilled to have her by their sides, although her reassuring presence didn’t stop Louis stealing the show as usual, with his face-pulling and cheeky behaviour, which included dancing along to the music.

Royal commentator Sarah Vine says at time of global turmoil, many Brits look to the monarchy as a stabilising influence, and it was important to see them carrying out their roles in “in sickness and in health”.

“This was a show of strength, discipline and determination to keep going in the face of adversity that was every bit as impressive as the display taking place on the parade ground.”

Our favourite Trooping the Colour 2024 photos

Prince William, Princess Kate and their kids on the balcony at the Trooping The Colour parade

William looked delighted to have Kate by his side.

Queen Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh on the balcony at the Trooping The Colour parade

Camilla and Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, brightened up a dismal English day.

King Charles, Princess Kate, Princess Charlotte and Queen Camilla on the balcony at the Trooping The Colour parade

Kate and the King appeared closer than ever.

Princess Kate, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in a carriage

Kate rode in the carriage with her children.

Prince Louie pulling funny faces at Princess Charlotte on the balcony

The Wales children looked smart in navy and white.

Prince William, Prince Edward and Princess Anne saluting King Charles from horseback

Saluting their King (from left) Princes William and Edward, and Princess Anne.

Princess Katewaving to the poublic through a carriage window

Our fair lady: With her smile as bright as ever.

Prince Louie waiting beside the carriage

Queen Camilla

The Queen waved to well-wishers.

King Charles saluting at the Trooping The Colour parade

Prince Louie pulling funny faces

Scene-stealer Louis.

Prince Louie pulling funny faces

Princess Kate walking

Kate opted for black and white.

The British royal guard standing in formation in front of Buckingham Palace

Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte smiling through a carriage window

The British Royal Family standing the balcony at the Trooping The Colour parade

Standing firm together.

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