The Queen and other members of the Royal Family were met with deafening cheers as they made an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace today.
It was the moment many Royal fans have been waiting for, the final event in the busy four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration weekend.
Looking delighted to see just how many people had turned up – with the Mall littered with an estimated 1.5 million people huddled under Union Jack umbrellas and waving flags – the Queen beamed as she walked out on the balcony. Big screens were set up to allow people further away to see Her Majesty up close.
The Queen, dressed in a striking mint green Angela Kelly dress, matching coat, and hat, waved to the throng of people, as did the other Royals who joined her on the balcony – Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
One very important person was missing however - the Duke of Edinburgh, who was last night hospitalised, suffering from a bladder infection. He remains under observation, and is said to be extremely disappointed about missing the festivities.
The Royals, and hugely excited crowds below, watched intently as the RAF and the Red Arrows flew past, with patriotic red, blue, and white vapour trailing behind.
There was also a Feu de Joie (Fire of Joy) – a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute by the Queen’s Guard from the Forecourt of the palace.
Following that, God Save the Queen was played out, with everyone below joining in, in a hugely moving moment which caused the Queen to break out in a massive smile, followed by three cheers for Her Majesty.
The rain, which has been a fairly permanent fixture during the Diamond Jubilee weekend, made a slight appearance during the flypast, but didn’t cause the cancellation of flying display, which had been feared earlier.
The Buckingham Palace appearance was the closing event in what has been a jam-packed Diamond Jubilee celebration weekend. The festivities kicked off on Saturday, June 2 and concluded today, June 5. Main highlights have included an appearance at the Epsom Derby, the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant, the Diamond Jubilee Concert, and a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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