Parade marks Queen's birthday

The Queen celebrates her official birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade of more than 1,000 soldiers and horses. It will be the Duchess of Cambridge's last public engagement before her baby is born in mid-July.

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Royals gather on Buckingham Palace balcony

After the Trooping the Colour the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen's official birthday.

The royals then gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional RAF flypast.

Prince Harry talks to the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Thousands of spectators crowded around the front of the palace and on The Mall, many cheering as a succession of planes roared overhead.

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Sunshine and smiles for royals at Trooping the Colour

The Queen smiles during the Trooping the Colour.
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Duke of York. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive at Horse Guards Parade. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales arrive at Horse Guards Parade. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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Trooping the Colour parade to mark Queen's birthday

The Queen will celebrate her official birthday today with the Trooping the Colour parade of more than 1,000 soldiers and horses.

The Queen will ride in a vintage carriage from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday today with the traditional Trooping the Colour parade. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

As the Duke of Edinburgh is still recovering in hospital from exploratory abdominal surgery, the monarch has invited her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to join her for the short journey.

The Duchess of Cambridge, attending her last public engagement before her baby is born in mid-July, will ride in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

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