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Meghan Markle rebels in first public royal outing as a duchess

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Trooping The Colour was the first time Meghan has been on full show as a royal. Photo: Getty
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Meghan Markle is still breaking protocol despite her newly minted royal status.

In her first truly public appearance as a newlywed duchess, the former Suits actress quietly rebelled with her outfit.

Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera dress – shoulders are one body part royals usually cover up, especially during the day – for her debut at the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The duchess, 36, was the only woman in the family not wearing a long sleeved dress. Since her 2011 Trooping the Colour debut, Kate Middleton has never worn short sleeves, and neither did Princess Diana.

Meghan fussed with her loose hair and seemed to be troubled by her Philip Treacy hat. Her most notable accessory was a Sphinx-like expression.

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The Duchess of Sussex broke protocol with her off-the-shoulder outfit. Photo: Getty

Fresh from their honeymoon – its location is still a secret – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined other senior members of the royal family to mark the Queen’s official birthday celebration.

Meghan and her husband, 33, who was kitted out in his full ceremonial Blues and Royals uniform a la his wedding day three weeks ago, waved to crowds in the Mall.

While they appeared at a private Buckingham Palace garden party three days after they wed, Saturday afternoon’s outing was the first time the former actress has been on full show as a royal.

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Queen Elizabeth II  – without Prince Philip – at the Trooping The Colour. Photo: Getty

She and Harry arrived at Buckingham Palace in the back of a car before switching to their carriage for the big occasion.

In matching ice blue, the Duchess of Cambridge, 36, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 70, led the procession in a carriage.

Kate, taking a break from her maternity leave with Prince Louis after his April 23 birth, wore an Alexander McQueen dress with Juliette Botterill fascinator.

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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: Getty

Their two duchesses’ husbands, Prince William, 35, and Prince Charles, 69, rode on horseback in the procession, which honours the Queen’s official birthday.

Prince Harry is relegated to a spot in a carriage because he is not a royal colonel.

It was his second day back on the job since the honeymoon, which the latest version of the rumour mill claimed was at Ashford Castle, a five-star resort in County Galway, Ireland.

Twitter users who were on holiday near the hotel reported it had “strangely high” security levels and “grounds closed to all” last week.

With Meghan still relaxing after the trip, Harry went to work on Friday, slipping into a tux to welcome charity OnSide Youth Zones to the palace for a gala dinner.

On Saturday, the Queen, who last month had a successful day procedure to remove a cataract, left Buckingham Palace at 10.45am (local time) for the ceremony.

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The view along the Mall heading back to Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty

She was without her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 97 on Sunday. He had a hip operation in April and retired from public life last year.

At 1pm, the royals gathered on the balcony for the RAF flypast featuring 23 modern and historic planes, Meghan taking centre stage.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among the ranks, but Prince Louis was a no-show and is unlikely to be seen before his christening, tipped to be next month.

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Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty

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