Royals Why Meghan Markle Took a Break from Her Maternity Leave to Attend Trooping the Colour The Duchess of Sussex will likely take a three-to-five month maternity leave, with possible public appearances sprinkled in earlier By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines and Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 12, 2019 01:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Almost five weeks after welcoming her son Archie, Meghan Markle took a break from her baby-bonding time at home to celebrate with her in-laws last weekend in the most royal day of the year: Trooping the Colour, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth‘s birthday. While she didn’t make an appearance during Donald Trump’s recent state visit to the U.K., the only thing that could take her away from her maternity leave would be a family event. “Meghan is on maternity leave, but Trooping is a family occasion,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “You don’t skip the Queen’s birthday. She’s the Queen!” Mystery Solved! The Meaning Behind Meghan Markle’s New Ring Revealed The Duchess of Sussex will likely take a three-to-five month maternity leave, with possible public appearances sprinkled in earlier. Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images Neil Mockford/GC Images “She’s a workhorse,” another source tells PEOPLE. “She’ll be working through her maternity leave, I just know her and I know that’s going to happen!” On the palace balcony on Saturday, Meghan and Prince Harry stood in the back (like they did last year), letting the children be the focus. Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s 1-year-old son Prince Louis ended up stealing the spotlight with his animated faces and royal thumb-sucking. Neil Mockford/GC Images Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! “Meghan was laughing and Prince Charles was really tickled. We have a new star in the royal family. He’s a little live wire,” royal photographer Mark Stewart tells PEOPLE.