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The Queen and Royals mark historic Platinum Jubilee on Buckingham Palace balcony
2 June 2022, 13:00 | Updated: 2 June 2022, 16:17
Royals gathered on Buckingham Palace's balcony for a historic moment as they marked Britain's first Platinum Jubilee.
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The royal family delighted the waiting crowd in front of the palace as they appeared ahead of a military flypast, as celebrations of the Queen's 70 years on the throne broke out.
Their appearance on the balcony followed the vibrant Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, just down the Mall.
The royals looked delighted as 70 aircraft flew overhead, including Chinook and Puma helicopters, Spitfire fighters and Lancaster bombers, and the F35 stealth fighters, among a raft of other military aircraft.
A total of 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jets spelled out the letters "70" as they flew overhead, delighting the thousands below,
The royal family came out onto the balcony to rapturous applause, with the packed crowd outside the palace cheering the moment they sighted the Queen.
She wore sunglasses and dusky dove blue made out of wool.
Prince Charles stood to the Queen's right, and the two spoke and smiled with each other.
Prince Louis waved towards the sky and could also be seen resting his chin in his hands as the flypast went overhead.
Notably absent were Prince Andrew, Harry and Meghan. It was known ahead of the time that the three would not appear on the balcony.
It followed an 82-gun salute in Green Park and Hyde Park in London.
The flypast and Trooping the Colour parade are just the start of the jubilee celebrations.
Thursday night will see the lighting of beacons across the UK to mark the jubilee, while Friday will bring a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.
The weekend will involve the Epsom Derby while Sunday will see neighbours unite in celebration for lunch together.
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