Happy and Glorious: Platinum Jubilee weekend launched with Queen’s spectacular birthday parade and flypast

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Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd RLC Photographer - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

More than 1,400 soldiers and 250 horses from the British Army’s Household Division took part in the Trooping of the Colour in front of 7,500 ticketed spectators on Horse Guards Parade and another 7,000 at the Queen Victoria Memorial in London today (Thursday 2nd June 2022).

This was followed by a spectacular air show where 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army made their way towards Buckingham Palace for a flypast.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade is the epitome of ceremonial precision and pageantry but this year it has a special resonance because it marks the Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of loyal service to Her Majesty The Queen.
Image of the Red Arrows flying over Buckingham palace today (02/06/2022) in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Photographer: RAF SAC Sarah Barsby – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Swords, medals, buttons and breast plates shone while horses and soldiers carried out complex battlefield drill manoeuvres to a spectacular, specially composed programme of music.

This year the honour to Troop their Colour fell to the Irish Guards and every detail was designed to delight and impress.

The 1st Battalion Irish Guards received their New Colours from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on 17th May. It is these New Colours which were at centre stage for the spectacular Platinum Jubilee Trooping of the Colour Parade.

Photographer: Cpl Danny Houghton RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Queen appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony and was seen watching troops returning from the official Trooping of the Colour ceremony. She was first joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to inspect parading troops.

Then after a quick break back inside Her Majesty was joined by her family for the spectacular air show where 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army made their way towards Buckingham Palace for a flypast.

Swarms of people have taken to the streets in London to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

A crown pleasing moment occurred when a special formation of 15 Typhoons spelt out “70” to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Photographer: Petty Officer Dave Jenkins – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The monarch was seen smiling as she gathered alongside senior royals on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch.

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd RLC Photographer – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Gun salutes then took place in Hyde Park and across the country to pay tribute to the Queen as she marks 70 years on the throne. There were 82 salutes in total.

The standard Royal salute is 21-guns and is reserved for Heads of State. When the salute is given from a Royal Park, an extra 20 guns is added, hence the 41-gun salute. On this special occasion the number was doubled.

Gunners from 104 Regimental Royal Artillery fire 205mm light guns during the HRH Queen Elizabeth ii platinum jubilee celebration. A Festival of Military Music took place in Cardiff Bay to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and official birthday. Photographer: Cpl Wakefield, Royal Logistics Corps – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

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