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Soggy start to the Patron's Lunch at the Mall

Anita Mead (left) and Lisa Kilby arrived early to the party and would not let the weather dampen their fashion. Credit: PA.

Early arrivers have been making their way to the Patron's Lunch on The Mall, the final public celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday.

The weather has been wet and miserable, but spirits appear to be high.

Early arrivers at The Mall for the Patron's Lunch in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. Credit: Press Association

Rows of plastic chairs and tables awaited the lucky ticket holders, who each paid £150 to attend.

Selfies in the rain at The Mall. Credit: Press Association.

Organisers apologised for the delays to get in, due to security checks.

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Royal Family gathers on Buckingham Palace balcony

Members of the Royal Family gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Credit: Reuters

Members of the Royal Family have appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to greet crowds gathered to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Andrew were among the royals waving to crowds.

The Queen is expected to appear later for an RAF fly-past. Thousands of people lined The Mall and gathered outside the palace ahead of the spectacle.

The Trooping of the Colour took place earlier on Horse Guards Parade as part of the second day of celebrations.


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Trooping the Colour parade marks Queen's 90th birthday

The Queen's official 90th birthday is being marked at the Trooping the Colour parade in central London.

Dressed in a bright lime green coat and matching hat with pink flower, the Queen waved to crowds as she left Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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