Britain is awash in pomp for the Platinum Jubilee, a four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s seven decades on the throne, with street festivals, luncheon parties and even the occasional glimpse of the Queen herself.
The festivities kicked off on Thursday with a birthday parade when the Queen was joined at Buckingham Palace by members of the royal family, who took part on horseback and in carriages. The parade, known as Trooping the Color, concluded with a Royal Air Force flyover.
Projected images of Queen Elizabeth during her reign along the facade of Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth led the lighting of the main jubilee beacon in Windsor, England.
Members of the royal family look at the viaduct from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They include Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Louis; Princess Charlotte; Prince George; and Prince William.
The Royal Air Force formed the number 70 to mark the reign of the Queen.
Children, including Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte, watched the parade from a window at Buckingham Palace.
A 124 gun salute in honor of the Queen near the Tower of London.
Revelers celebrated in Trafalgar Square.
Queen Elizabeth appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the first time of the anniversary weekend.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage.
Members of the Household Division marched in the Trooping the Color parade.
Royal fans line up along the Mall in London.
Several members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne, rode on horseback during the Trooping the Color parade.
Crowded around one of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
A guard handed out anniversary pamphlets to the people who attended the Trooping the Color.
Security personnel patrolled the streets on the first day of the anniversary celebration.
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