Crowds throng central London as Queen joins Platinum Jubilee celebrations
London, Jun 2 (EFE).- Throngs of royal supporters gathered in central London on Thursday to witness the pomp and pageantry of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which began with the Trooping of the Colour and culminated with a flypast of 70 aircraft as the monarch and working members of the royal family watched on from the balcony at Buckingham Palace.
The Platinum Jubilee marks Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, making her the longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.
The four-day celebration of her reign began with a traditional Trooping of the Colour. Over 1,000 soldiers and 240 horses took part in the ceremony, which has marked the British monarch’s birthday for the last 260 years.
Crowds later gathered along the Mall, the road that leads down to Buckingham Palace, to catch a glimpse of Elizabeth and members of the royal family as they greeted the public from the balcony.
Elizabeth was joined by her son and first in line to the throne, Prince Charles; his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, among others.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Prince Andrew, did not appear on the balcony as they are no longer working royals.
An 82-gun salute was followed by a flypast of 70 aircraft, including spitfires and the iconic Red Arrows aerobatic team.
Platinum Jubilee celebrations are set to continue until Sunday. EFE