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Beaming Queen seen for the first time during her Jubilee celebrations

The Queen has been seen for the first time during her four-day Platinum Jubilee celebrations on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The monarch, 96, took the salute from the Irish Guards alongside the Duke of Kent as thousands of people crowded central London to celebrate 70 years of her reign.

She wore the same pale blue outfit she did for the official Jubilee portrait released on Wednesday and appeared holding a walking stick.

Her Majesty appeared on the balcony again half an hour later with other senior royals for the traditional RAF flypast. It had previously been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Duke of York would not appear after stepping back from royal duties.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent watch from the balcony during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022.
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The Queen next to the Duke of Kent on the Buckingham Palace balcony
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Left to right: Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Louis, Prince George and the Duchess of Cambridge
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Senior royals on the balcony alongside the Queen

She waved at the crowds as the Red Arrows flew over central London and formed the number 70 in the sky.

Before Trooping the Colour got underway at 11am, a group of men were dragged off the Mall by police after trying to disrupt marching guards.

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Members of the Royal Family travelled to Horse Guards Parade in three carriages, with the first carrying the Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall and Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The second carried the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn to the parade ground.

Prince George, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022.
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Prince George, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge (right)
Britain's Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade in celebration of Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, in London, Britain June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte travel to the parade ground
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022.
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence rides in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022.
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Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in his carriage on the way to the parade

While the third took the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Princess Royal’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence to watch the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

More than 1,200 soldiers from the Household Division of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, 200 horses and 400 musicians then paid tribute to Her Majesty with the usual military spectacle on the first day of the Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen, who has experienced episodic mobility problems in recent months, did not travel to Horse Guards Parade as she has done in previous years and instead waited at Buckingham Palace for the traditional balcony appearance and RAF flypast.

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal were on horseback inside the parade ground to take part.

 
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Members of the Irish Guards assemble to Troop the Colour at Horse Guards Parade
Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the Prince of Wales during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Issue date: Thursday June 2, 2022.
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Prince Charles on horseback during the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Harry and Meghan allowed to watch parade

The Duchess of Sussex was photographed with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall watching the military display from the sidelines.

It is the first time Meghan and Harry have attended Trooping the Colour in two years following their decision to step back as working royals and leave the UK for Los Angeles in January 2020.

Their daughter Lilibet, named after the Queen, turns one on Saturday, which has fuelled speculation the monarch may take time out of official proceedings to spend time with her great-granddaughter for the first time.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie watched the parade from the stands.

Members of the military march down the Mall towards Horse Guards Parade
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Members of the military march down the Mall towards Horse Guards Parade
Members of Life Guards, a regiment of the Household Cavalry, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade, during the celebrations for Britain's Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, in London, England June 02, 2022. Paul Ellis/Pool via REUTERS
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Members of the Life Guards take part in the Trooping the Colour

Following the parade, an 82-gun salute was fired from Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, which is named after the Queen’s father King George VI.

Meanwhile 124 volleys – an extra 42 for the City of London – came from the Tower of London courtesy of the Honourable Artillery Company.

At 2pm on Thursday town criers will read a proclamation ahead of beacon lighting around the UK and the Commonwealth this evening.

More than 2,000 beacons will be lit in unison at 9.45pm – at the same time as the principal lighting ceremony takes place outside Buckingham Palace.

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A group of men are apprehended by police after storming the Mall

People gather along The Mall for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Royal fans camped out along the Mall overnight

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Members of the Royal Family will witness the ‘tree of trees’ being illuminated in London, as Grammy-winning singer Gregory Porter sings the Song for the Commonwealth.

On Friday a thanksgiving service will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral, before the Epsom Derby and Party at the Palace on Saturday evening.

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The Queen was due to attend the races in Surrey, but her appearances have been scaled back amid concerns for her health.

On Sunday a £15m carnival will assemble for the Queen’s Jubilee pageant.

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