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Road chaos near Buckingham Palace 'could last two days'

Thousands of guests attending the start of the four-day Coronation Festival starting today had to contend with road closures near Buckingham Palace caused by a burst water main.

The closures affected parts of Buckingham Gate, Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace Road, with some buses having to be diverted.

Transport for London advised road users to avoid the Victoria area if possible and said the problem could last for two days.

Queen's coronation festival celebrates best of British

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies.

Organised by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, the event will feature more than 200 of the brands which have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

The Queen will celebrate the 60th anniversary of her coronation at a festival showcasing leading British companies. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Over the next three evenings the gardens will also host a performance of music and dance highlighting cultural life during the Queen's six-decade reign.

Stars such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katherine Jenkins, Katie Melua and the English National Ballet will perform.

The stage and seating area in the garden of Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Festival to mark coronation anniversary starts today

A festival at Buckingham Palace to mark the sixtieth Anniversary of the Queen's coronation starts today.

It's theme is 'The best of British'- including food, fashion and cars.

There's also a concert in the Palace gardens tonight,with artists including Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and The Feeling.

The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and other Members of the Royal Family will attend a preview of the festival today, before it opens to the public tomorrow.

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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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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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