Why was Meghan Markle missing from the group balcony appearance at Trooping the Colour?


This weekend saw Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday celebrations, seeing the royal family gather from far and wide to mark the date with a parade.

While the Cambridge family was expected to attend, Prince Louis made news for his first official royal appearance. But it was Meghan Markle who really hit headlines, with the Duchess of Sussex breaking her maternity leave to make a surprise appearance.


Sitting alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan took part in the carriage procession, proving herself to be a fully fledged member of the royal family.

Royal fans were confused however to see Meghan wasn’t present at the first group appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony after the procession, only joining the royals later.


While some speculated that Meghan could have been tending to baby Archie behind the scenes, it is thought that the newborn wasn’t in attendance and that Meghan was instead most-likely doing a quick wardrobe-change, emerging without her jacket.

Meghan’s appearance was surprising, with the Duchess still in her maternity leave and not taking on any royal duties until the end of summer, but given her closeness with the Queen, it’s hardly surprising that she made an exception.

We’re wishing Meghan Markle a relaxing rest of maternity leave!

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How to wear colour this summer: the new season colour combos to look out for

We’ve rounded up the trending new colour combinations to freshen up your wardrobe for spring. 

From sweet sugary shades to bold and bright hues the SS19 catwalks were awash with colour. But don’t think you have to stick with just one; designers from Roksanda to Tibi clashed and combined various colourways within their collections proving that it’s not only what you wear that’s important, it’s what you pair it with. But with a whole spectrum of different shades to choose from where to start? Experimenting with one of our eight colour combinations below could be a good place…

Rainbow shades (main image)

Earrings, £108, Longshaw Ward
Layered top, £375, Rejina Pyo
Layered skirt, £475, Rejina Pyo
Beaded bag, £440, Shrimps

Tan & Tangerine

A zesty injection of orange can help liven up darker sludgy shades such as camel, tan and brown. Adding colour-pop accessories like this belt and bag are an easy way to transform your look without turning your entire wardrobe upside down.

Leather coat, POA, Theory
Mini bag, £219, Eudon Choi
Belt, £148, Tibi

Ivory & Peach

Despite what you think pastel palettes can pack a punch too. These pale hues – especially when paired with delicate silk and lace – inject a fresh sense of femininity, helping to tick off yet another SS19 trend.

Earring, £80, Bimba Y Lola
Peach top, £179, Me + Em
Lace cami, £595, Victoria Beckham at Flannels.com

Navy & Apple  

Forget that old-fashioned phrase; blue and green should be seen this season. Opt for a deep navy as its ‘almost black’ appearance acts as an effective backdrop to bold green tones.

Earrings, £250, Peter Pilotto
Navy top, £350, Palmer//Harding
Green and white printed dress, £600, Kenzo
Green boots, £565, Tibi

Grey & Mint

Calling all Colour-phobes… These two tones combined are ideal if you’re seeking a spring alternative to your usual dark and dull go-to colours. Similar to white, mint green is a light and airy shade perfect for the warmer weather whilst the pale pewter grey helps to create a crisp modern look.

Earring, £80, Bimba Y Lola
Grey Vest, £390, Longshaw Ward
Checked top, £385, Tibi
Checked Skirt, £490, Tibi
Bag, £583, STÉE

Taupe & Lilac

Considering these two shades sit so closely together on the colour wheel it’s not surprising how well they work when worn together. Use the darker of these two tones as your outfit’s core colour whilst adding accents of light lilac into accessories and shoes and you can’t go wrong.

Earrings, £260, Bibi Marini
Top, £330, Solace London
Trousers, £99, Cos
Shoes, £195, Kate Spade New York

Rose & Scarlet

Yes, it’s true what they say; pale pink and paint-box red colourways can clash but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be worn together. If you’re not brave enough to colour-clash your outfit head-to-toe then try it via shoes and accessories.

Earrings, £86, Zarvich
Top, £160, Cefinn
Jacket, £249, Me + Em
Trousers, £159, Me + Em

Banana & Fawn

Bought heavily into spring’s ‘au naturel’ trend but already bored of seeing 50 shades of beige whenever you open up your wardrobe? Try teaming these neutral colourways with tutti fruity yellow hues for a fresh approach.

Yellow knit, £420, Eudon Choi
Knitted skirt, £420, Eudon Choi
Bag, £365, Bimba Y Lola

Aqua and Teal

These two tones are so closely related that they work best together when the balance is kept equal. So if an outfit’s top half is completely covered with teal then make sure aqua plasters the entire bottom half and vice versa… Just like true siblings, one should not be favoured over the other.

Earrings, £135, Longshaw Ward
Jacket, £340, Cefinn
Blouse, £749, Chloe at Flannels.com
Trousers, £550, Zimmermann
Bag, £1620, Longshaw Ward
Shoes, £39.99, Zara

Styling & words: Sarah Barlow
Photography: Michael Mills
Make up by Sophie Higginson using Dermalogica & MAC Cosmetics
Hair by Liam James Moore using products by Davines and Kiehl’s Since 1851
Model: Vlada at Linden Staub

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Joyous Colour In Germany

Marta Dahlhoff (45) lives in Germany and documents her outfits on Instagram. She mixes Modern Classic with lots of trendy pieces, and her Instagram feed is an explosion of joyous colour. Marta is an adventurous dresser who likes to experiment with different styles and silhouettes, and doesn’t shy away from pattern-mixing.

“My style has changed slightly since my 40th birthday. Before that, I was more of a ‘gray mouse’ and did not want to attract attention. Today I love color and it’s a pleasure to be seen. Between the ages of 30 and 40, I was very busy with the children’s education, job, family and only had limited time for myself. Everything changed from 40 onwards. I started to get into fashion again. My style is sporty – chic, colorful and not too playful. I love clean lines. I wear high-quality accessories but fast fashion, and I always give my gently-worn items to the many friends I still have in the Czech Republic.”

Marta Dahlhoff - 6

A cosy coat in a happy colour is a great way to light up the dreariest Winter day. Here, Marta is sporting an oversized bright green coat with blue jeans. The coat is straight through the back and torso, but structured on the shoulders which helps rein in the volume. Marta’s blue jeans with bleached patches casualize the look, while the white buckle booties add crispness and soft edge.Opting for mid-blue accessories makes the emerald coat pop even more. The white pattern on Marta’s large scarf bookend her footwear. The crossbody with gold chain strap matches the scarf beautifully and almost looks like denim, which adds textural interest.

Marta Dahlhoff - 4

Wearing a shirt dress open over trousers or jeans increases the versatility of the garment. Marta has tucked a simple scoop neck tee into dark wash skinny jeans that are cropped short enough to show off her white pointy-toe booties. These lengthen the leg line and bookend our blogger’s white T-shirt. Her greyish-blue belt doesn’t match but works great with Marta’s structured two-toned satchel. A floral print shirt dress with bright green and orange accents is worn open as a lightweight coat, adding drama and lots of visual interest. A dainty necklace, stud earrings and raspberry lipstick finish off the look.

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Pink, burgundy and shades of red come together beautifully in this elegant, modern outfit. Marta is sporting a flouncy midi skirt with a striking pink and red floral print. Combining the calf-length skirt with fitted pointy-toe booties and a fitted top streamlines the look. The suede cranberry booties add textural interest. Our blogger’s burgundy turtleneck tee is slightly cropped which lengthens the leg line from the hips upward. A sharp fuschia blazer adds playful strictness and delightful extra colour. Marta completes this tonal look with a structured burgundy satchel and her trusted stud earrings.

Marta Dahlhoff - 3

Preppy in pink. This is a wonderful example of Angie’s Gingham Top Ensemble. Marta is wearing tailored cropped trousers with an eye-catching pastel and gold floral pattern. She is as adventurous with patterns as she is with colours, and here’s she’s pattern-mixing the trousers with a bright pink gingham shirt. The crisp shirt all buttoned up amps up the dressiness factor of this polished casual look. Tucking the shirt showcases Marta’s striking gold with beige belt that picks up the gold in the trousers. Tasseled gold loafers echo the other gold accents, and her light taupe bag cleverly complements Marta’s belt.

Marta Dahlhoff - 5

Another striking colour combo from our colour expert. The warm, rich mustard looks amazing with the tomato red! Marta is wearing cropped black skinny jeans with an oversized chunky sweater. Faux tucking the sweater and pairing it with skinny jeans tames the volume. The faux tuck also reveals a fun, bright red belt that complements her fab patent pointy-toe booties and the red accents in her scarf and bag. The pushed up sweater sleeves reveal an animal print top in shades of brown that look great with the mustard. Such a playful detail! The animal print is then picked up again in Marta’s artfully tied scarf. A classic satchel with not-so-classic bright red trim is the perfect finishing touch.

Marta Dahlhoff - 2

Our blonde-haired blogger really rocks all shades of red. Marta has tucked a bright red turtleneck sweater into black cropped skinnies. This lengthens the leg line and shows off her matching red belt. A pair of showstopper stiletto booties feature snakeskin print accents on the toe and heel. A fun man coat in a pinky-red plaid pattern adds playful pizzazz. The thigh length and structured fit on the shoulders make it just tailored enough. Marta accessorizes with a red satchel that works well with the rest of the colour palette, pink-red lippie and mirrored sunnies.

Let us know what you think of Marta’s colourful outfits, and be sure to browse the rest of her looks on Instagram.