Sweetest little Royals balcony moments as Archie and Lili to make palace debut

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's children Archie and Lili could be the latest in a long line of royals to make their Buckingham Palace balcony debut.

Reports earlier in the week suggested that next year's Trooping the Colour birthday parade, where the Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF fly-past, will be enjoyed and Archie and sister Lili.

It would mean the little Sussexes get to make their balcony debut at the beginning of June 2022.

Harry and Meghan's son Archie will turn three before the Jubilee and there are rumours he could be among members of the Royal Family when Trooping the Colour takes place on June 2.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Friday and the family are rumoured to be planning to travel back to the UK next year to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.

Princess Eugenie's son and Princess Beatrice's boy or girl could also join their family at the popular event next year.

But they will be far from the first little Royals to appear on the balcony.

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Prince Charles appeared on the balcony in 1951 at Trooping of the Colour.

He would later become synonymous with the palace balcony with one of its most iconic-ever moments as millions of people from around the world watched him kiss newly-married wife Princess Diana.

When Prince Charles and Princess Diana emerged onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace, the joy of the crowd reached fever pitch.

As they waved to the sea of people, a chant of 'kiss her' started to spread – and led to the couple puckering up in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles' balcony image was the first time a member of the royal family had kissed in view at the palace – and the famous photo was later recreated by their son Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.

Prince Andrew was a babe-in-arms when he made his Trooping of the Colour balcony debut in 1961.

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The Queen and Prince Philip appeared at the ceremony in their full uniform, and Her Maj even used to take part in the ceremony on horseback, but in recent years has travelled by carriage.

Prince William was almost two years old when he appeared on the famous Buckingham Palace balcony in 1984.

When it came time for the famous flyover, Diana, who was six months pregnant with Prince Harry at the time, appeared on the balcony with little William.

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Prince Charles also held William as the young royal looked around in awe at the crowds and parade.

He also got to play around with his cousins Zara and Peter Phillips as the parade took place.

Brother Prince Harry, Archie and Lili's dad, then made his balcony debut a year later.

Prince Louis waved at the crowds as he attended his first royal engagement at Trooping the Colour in 2019.

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Mum Kate carried the tot out onto the balcony where he could be seen excitedly waving and pointing at the huge crowds.

Kate laughed and said "wow" as Louis looked amazed at the spectacle.

The adorable Prince couldn't stop waving as the royal family left the balcony.

This year's Trooping of the Colour will not see the Royal Family make a balcony appearance, with the celebrations being scaled back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In a statement, the Palace said: "The Queen will view a military parade in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, on Saturday June 12.

"His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Colonel, Scots Guards, will accompany The Queen."

They added: "Upon The Queen and The Duke of Kent’s arrival in the Quadrangle, Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will be greeted by a Royal Salute, and the National Anthem,” the Palace continued.

"The parade will commence with the Musical Troop as the Band plays. The Colour will then be trooped through the ranks, and the parade will conclude with a second Royal Salute.

"The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will then fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute, to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday, from the East Lawn at Windsor Castle."

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