How the Queen is breaking with tradition at Trooping the Colour

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Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations will begin with Trooping the Colour, with Buckingham Palace releasing new details about the special event taking place in central London this morning.

The 96-year-old monarch will take the salute from her Armed Forces on the palace balcony this year instead of riding in a carriage during the procession to Horse Guards Parade.

Prince Charles, as Heir to the throne, will take the salute on his mother's behalf.

The colour will be trooped by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division will put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade, together with hundreds of Army musicians and around 240 horses.

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

The Duke of Cambridge and Princess Royal will follow Charles as they travel by horseback to Horse Guards Parade, while the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children are expected to arrive at Horse Guards Parade in carriages.

Prince Harry and Meghan and their two children Archie and Lilibet will join Harry's family in Horse Guards Parade before joining other royals at Duke of Wellington's former office, where they will watch Charles take salute.

As previously reported, only senior royals will appear with the Queen on the balcony, which will include Charles and Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, William and Kate, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessexes' children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn will also be in attendance.

There will all feature a Flypast to coincide with the Royal Family's balcony appearance.

Meanwhile, the Queen released a new portrait to mark 70 years of public service and thanked the public for uniting to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

The picture was taken by Ranald Mackechnie at Windsor Castle on May 25th.

"I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions," the monarch announced via The Royal Family's official instagram account. "I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years, as we look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm."

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