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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.
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.
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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Duchess Kate attends Trooping the Colour

The Duchess of Cambridge has appeared at Trooping The Colour with other members of the royal family in what's believed to be her final public engagement before the birth of her and Prince William's first child.

Earlier this week the Berkshire-born duchess made her last solo public appearance before having her baby, as the Godmother of the 'Royal Princess', Southampton's newest cruise ship.

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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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