Royal watchers weren't expecting to see Meghan and Harry Thursday morning during Trooping the Colour

In the photographs, Meghan jokes and plays with some of the royal children—Mike and Zara Tindell's kids Mia and Lena, and Peter Phillips' daughters Savannah and Isla

Meghan looked gorgeous in a navy dress for the event; she also wore a large white hat with a navy ribbon to match her dress (the Daily Mail says the hat was by Stephen Jones).

So, why were Meghan and Harry and the others watching from the Major General's office rather than the Buckingham Palace balcony, as it tradition?

Well, the Queen announced last month that she's slimming down the group that will appear on the balcony with her this year, with Buckingham Palace:

"After careful consideration, the Queen has decided that this year's traditional Trooping the Colour balcony appearance on Thursday 2nd of June will be limited to

Her Majesty and those members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen."

Harry and Meghan are expected to make their first official royal appearance on Friday at the National Service of Thanksgiving—day two of the four-day Jubilee schedule of events.