Thursday June 02, 2022

VIDEO: Beaming Queen Elizabeth waves to cheering crowds as Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin

VIDEO: Beaming Queen Elizabeth waves to cheering crowds as Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin

The Queen along with members of the royal family watches the special flypast by Royal Air Force from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Colour parade in London on Thursday. Reuters

A beaming Queen Elizabeth waved to cheering crowds massed outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday as Britain kicked off four days of pomp, parties and parades to celebrate her record-breaking 70 years on the British throne.

Tens of thousands of royal supporters waving flags lined the streets of London for a military parade at the start of the four-day Platinum Jubilee. Millions of people across Britain and the world were expected to watch the festivities, join street parties and light beacons in honour of the 96-year-old Queen.

Elizabeth, holding a walking stick and wearing a dusky dove blue outfit that she also wore for an official Jubilee photograph, was joined by her son and heir Prince Charles, 73, and other senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

While the family waved to the crowds and enjoyed a Royal Air force fly-past, Louis — Prince William's 4-year-old son — covered his ears and howled as the planes roared overhead. He later jumped up and down as Red Arrow jets released red, white and blue smoke trails.