The Queen takes the royal salute on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson
Photo credit: Chris Jackson

The Queen took the royal salute on the balcony of Buckingham Palace this afternoon as part of Her Majesty's Birthday Parade and Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The 96-year-old monarch was pictured watching troops returning from the official Trooping of the Colour ceremony alongside her cousin, the Duke of Kent.

Her Majesty was breaking with tradition to take the salute at the palace instead of riding in a carriage during the procession to Horse Guards Parade.

Prince Charles, as Heir to the throne, is taking the royal salute on his mother's behalf.

The Queen was joined on the balcony by senior royals including Charles and Camilla, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, William and Kate and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Princess Anne, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Photo credit: JONATHAN BRADY - Getty Images
Photo credit: JONATHAN BRADY - Getty Images

The 96-year-old monarch looked in good spirits as she was photographed smiling alongside her family.

Photo credit: WPA Pool
Photo credit: WPA Pool

Prince Louis was pictured waving enthusiastically to the crowds while Prince George and Princess Charlotte laughed as they stood next to Prince William. The young royals had made their first ever carriage procession during the parade.

A special formation of 15 Typhoons flew overhead to spell out '70' to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, celebrating Her Majesty's 70 years of public service.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan were spotted with other royals at Duke of Wellington's former office. Meghan was photographed chatting to Zara and Mike Tindall's daughter Mia and Lena, and Peter and Autumn Kelly's daughter Savannah.

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