Queen’s Platinum Jubilee LIVE: Bonfires will be lit across the country tonight


The day of pageantry and ceremony ushers in the anniversary celebrations

A spectacular flyover capped a day of pomp and ceremony to kick off the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Crowds basking in the sun around the Queen Victoria Monument cheered as Her Majesty appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the first time for 10 minutes at 12:20pm alongside the Duke of Kent.

Earlier, the crowd reserved their biggest cheers for the adorable Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louie as they rode in a carriage with mother Kate, dressed in white, alongside Camilla, dressed in sky blue – just like the Queen.

They were shortly followed by Prince Charles, who was accompanied on horseback by Prince William and Princess Anne.

The Trooping the Color parade in honor of Her Majesty’s official birthday culminated in a gun salute before the six-minute flyby.

Pals Jill Simon, 73, and Val Brown, 74, watched in delight as the Queen made her second appearance before the transfer began.

“After that we will go home through every pub we can find and toast the Queen with every single drink,” said an emotional Jill as three cheers for the monarch rang out in the crowd.

Jill served in the Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in the 1970s.

The 73-year-old, who lives in North Newton, Somerset, but is originally from Middlesbrough, said as crowds swarmed around the palace for the Queen’s second appearance: “There is no one who flaunts like us.

“Look at this, you won’t see this anywhere else in the world.”

After the six-minute flyby, which culminated with the Red Arrows, Happy Birthday songs echoed around the Queen Victoria Memorial.

“It’s just unbelievable. We see history here. There will never again be a reigning monarch who has been in office for 70 years.

“We are here for you. It was wonderful. The atmosphere was incredible and it’s great to be here for the country to be one to celebrate.

“And it’s so important to me to see all my military brothers and sisters.

“I’m so glad that so many people came here today.”

Marina Meldrum, 73, her daughter Karin Lanham, 49, and daughter Scarlett, 14, said it was an “amazing” day.

Former WRAF Administrator Marina, from Horsham, West Sussex, who served from 1966 to 1970, said: “Seeing the Queen was fantastic. She looked happy and healthy and took it all in.

“It’s very special to be here, three generations of us.

“I’ll never see anything like it in my life again. I actually remember her coronation and we also went to Charles and Diana’s wedding.

“I haven’t been to anything like this since, and now here we are today.”

Scarlett said: “It was great to see the Queen because I’ve never seen her before.

“Everyone screamed when she came out, it was such a beautiful atmosphere.”

Spectators watch the RAF flypast on The Mall (


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