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Sunshine and smiles for royals at Trooping the Colour

The Queen smiles during the Trooping the Colour.
The Queen smiles during the Trooping the Colour.
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Duke of York.
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Duke of York. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
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.
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.
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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Kate all smiles at last engagement before royal birth

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is eight months pregnant, was all smiles at the Trooping the Colour parade - her last public engagement before she gives birth in mid-July.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the annual Trooping the Colour parade. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
She shared a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Duchess begins last public engagement before birth

The Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: BBC

The Duchess of Cambridge has made an appearance at the Trooping the Colour parade, which will be her last public engagement before her baby is born in mid-July.

Wearing a pale pink Alexander McQueen coat and matching hat, Kate, who is eight months pregnant, travelled to the pageant in a carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

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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
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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Crowds gathered as royals attended coronation service

The crowds who waited patiently for a glimpse of the Queen today at Westminster Abbey were rewarded with glorious sunshine.

A special service marked the 60th anniversary of her coronation there.

There was none of the torrential rain that began her Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year, or the cold conditions that greeted the new Monarch when she was officially crowned on this day six decades ago.

Among the guests at the service, a pilot from London who took part in the flypast in 1953. Sharon Thomas reports.

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60 years since the Queen's Coronation: Then and now

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family attended a service at Westminster Abbey today to mark the 60th anniversary since she was crowned on the 6th June 1953.

The Queen leaving Westminster Abbey after her Coronation in 1953 and today's anniversary service. Credit: PA/ArchivePress Association

In pictures: 60 years since the Queen's Coronation

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