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Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee 2022: Trooping the Color The Queen’s Birthday Parade

queen elizabeth has appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour, marking the official start to her Platinum Jubilee.

The monarch, 96, used her walking stick as she made her way outside onto the balcony, wearing the same blue coat designed by Angela Kelly she was pictured in for her official Platinum Jubilee portrait taken at Windsor Castle.

Pinned the monarch’s coat is the Guards’ Badge.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony during the Trooping the Color ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London, Thursday, June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. (AP)

She was joined by her cousin the Duke of Kent.

A short time later the Queen was joined with working members of her family for the famous flypast, a six-minute display of aircraft, now wearing her sunglasses.

Among those on the balcony with Her Majesty included the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise and Viscount Severn.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent watch from the balcony during the Trooping the Color in London. (AP)

They stood to watch the six-minute fly-past of more than 70 aircraft, featuring Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who returned to the UK from the US were seen watching the Horse Guards Parade earlier in the event from the Major General’s Office.

They were joined by the Queen’s other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Color during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee in The Mall, London, UK. (WireImage)

The Horse Guards Parade was the first part of Trooping the Colour.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge were the first senior royals to depart Buckingham Palace in a carriage for the parade, with the three Cambridge children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four – riding in the carriage for the first time.

Prince William, in his role as Colonel of Irish Guards, was on horseback. This year, the Color of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards will be trooped. The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal were also on horseback.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge during the Trooping the Color parade on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

The three Cambridge children bowed their heads in respect as they passed the colour, squinting in the bright London sunshine as they rode along.

The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing diamond and sapphire earrings, believed to be from the collection of Diana, Princess of Wales, known as the Saudi Sapphire suite and a matching pendant.

Her white outfit is a re-wear from her wardrobe made by Alexander McQueen, her hat by British milliner Philip Treacy.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, her children Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall travel in a horse-drawn carriage during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Color in London, Wednesday, June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. (AP)

Thousands of people are lining the streets of The Mall in London leading to Buckingham Palace where the main event is taking place but all public vantage points are now full the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

The Queen’s guards march during the Trooping the Color parade at Horse Guards on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

Other royals to watch from that vantage point will include the Queen’s other grandchildren Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice – and their spouses, along with any of their children old enough to watch from afar.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales ride horseback during the Trooping the Color parade on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

Also present will be the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Earl of Snowdon and his family, and Lady Sarah Chatto and her family. The Duke of York, who retired from public duties in November 2019, will not be there.

The Queen and her family will then watch a six-minute fly-past of more than 70 aircraft, featuring Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles during the Trooping the Color parade on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

Aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will fly over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.

The first to appear will be the Royal Navy Wildcat, Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache helicopters.

The Queen is marking 70 years on the throne, the first British sovereign to do so.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, with their children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor, leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Color ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London, Wednesday, June 2, 2022, on the first of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. (AP)

Her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria came close, ruling for close to 64 years. She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and in 2012 Queen Elizabeth did the same.

This year, on February 6, the Queen officially became Britain’s longest-serving monarch on the anniversary of her father’s death.

On April 21, she turned 96 but the sovereign’s birthday is celebrated in June due to the weather being more favorable in the UK.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and salutes during the Trooping the Color parade at Buckingham Palace on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Getty)

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will coincide with her official birthday today as the royal family takes part in Trooping the Colour.

The show is the first in the four-day holiday weekend and will see members of the British royal family come together in celebration of their leader.

Prince Harry and Meghan returned to London from the US at the invitation of the monarch.

It will be the first time the Sussexes have reunited wit the wider royal family since their departed as senior working royals in 2020.

More to come.

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