Britain is awash in pomp and pageantry for the Platinum Jubilee, a four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s seven decades on the throne, with street festivals, lunch parties and even an occasional glimpse of the queen herself.
The festivities began Thursday with a birthday parade as 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, closed with a flyover from the Royal Air Force.
Members of the royal family watching the flyover from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. They included Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William.
The Royal Air Force formed the number 70 to highlight the queen’s reign.
Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte watched the parade from a window at Buckingham Palace.
A 124-gun salute celebrating the queen near the Tower of London.
Revelers celebrated in Trafalgar Square.
Queen Elizabeth making her first appearance of the Jubilee weekend on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage.
Members of the Household Division marched in the Trooping the Color parade.
Royal fans lining 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.
Crowds around one of the fountains in Trafalgar Square.
A Guardsman distributed Jubilee pamphlets to people attending the Trooping the Color.
Security personnel patrolled the streets on the first day of Jubilee celebrations.