The Queen joined members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as royal fans gathered to celebrate her platinum anniversary. A source said she looked “so happy” and was “in her element”
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The Platinum Jubilee celebrations began in style today as Britain came together to celebrate the Queen’s glorious 70th reign.
Hundreds of thousands of Royal fans took to the streets in honor of the 96-year-old, who beamed with joy in the already glorious London sunshine.
As well-wishers lined the Mall waving the Union flag, the monarch declared the euphoric scenes “incredible” as she watched in delight from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Their spirit of unity also extended to Prince Harry and Meghan, who flew out of their self-imposed US exile earlier in the day to take part in Trooping the Colour.
The occasion, to mark the Queen’s official birthday, returned to London for the first time since before the pandemic.
And those gathered at the Horse Guards parade awaited a spectacular reminder of Britain’s ability to put on a royal show brimming with pomp and ceremony.
Crowds cheered as carriages carried the Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and the Duchess of Cornwall from Buckingham Palace to the event.
But the Queen, who has missed several high-profile events in recent months due to ongoing mobility issues, took center stage – as she later did on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flyby of 70 aircraft to mark each of her years on the throne.
A parade of World War II bombers and fighter jets was followed by a performance by the Red Arrows.
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The noise was clearly too much for four-year-old Louis, who covered his ears with his mouth wide open and eyes tightly shut as the plane roared across the sky.
A royal source said: “You could tell Her Majesty was in her absolute element.
“Anyone watching would no doubt find great comfort in the fact that she looks so happy after all she has done for the country during her seven decades on the throne.”
Prince Charles and Camilla joined the Queen on the balcony with Prince William, Kate and their children.
Princess Anne, husband of Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Louise and James were also present. But there was no room for Harry and Meghan after the monarch declared only working royals would be on the balcony.
The disgraced Prince Andrew, who was embroiled in an abuse scandal, was also absent.
The Prince of Wales had represented the Queen when he led the procession from the Trooping the Color to the Palace on horseback. He was flanked by William and Princess Anne as they marched alongside more than 1,500 soldiers and 350 horses.
On the eve of the four-day bank holiday celebrations, the Queen had urged Brits to join in the fun.
She explained on Wednesday, “I know that these festive occasions will create many fond memories.” And she certainly wasn’t wrong. Heads of state and celebrities from around the world also rushed to celebrate the Queen’s record-breaking performance.
Boris Johnson previously tweeted: “Congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on her remarkable platinum anniversary. All of the country, the Commonwealth and the world thank you for your unwavering duty and service.
“Vivat Regina Elizabetha. God Save the Queen.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/happy-queen-in-element-royal-27135527 "Happy" Queen was "in her element" as royal fans gathered to celebrate the anniversary