Emily (’16) and René (’17) attended Trooping the Colour on June 14, 2014 – the ceremony marking the Queen’s official birthday. To their surprise, not only did they see Queen Elizabeth waving and smiling just a few feet away from them, but also Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as well as William’s younger brother, Prince Harry.

RAF flyover, Buckingham Palace, June 2014

The royal family watches an RAF flyover from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures

Queen Elizabeth, Trooping the Colour, June 2014

Queen Elizabeth waves from her carriage during Trooping the Colour, June 2014. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures

Prince Harry and Duchess Kate, Trooping the Colour, June 2014

Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, participate in Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth’s 2014 birthday celebrations. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures