In Pictures: Military pomp on show as Trooping the Colour starts celebrations

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Historic celebrations to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign have started in central London.

The Trooping the Colour event – also known as the Birthday Parade – was preceded by the traditional carriage procession from Buckingham Palace.

Crowds near Trafalgar Square ahead of the ceremony
Crowds near Trafalgar Square ahead of the ceremony (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Police officers on The Mall ahead of the event
Police officers on The Mall ahead of the event (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Buckingham Palace
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Buckingham Palace (Paul Ellis/PA)
The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace
The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony (Chris Jackson/PA)

Celebrities and the public are gathering in their millions in tribute to the monarch across the special bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of wellwishers draped in Union flags, party hats and plastic tiaras flocked to central London for the Trooping spectacle.

The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace
The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace (Paul Ellis/PA)
Prince George, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Royal Procession heads down the Mall
The Royal Procession heads down The Mall (Paul Ellis/PA)
Royal family leave Buckingham Palace
Prince George, left, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte leave Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The young Cambridges and the duchesses’ carriage, known as a barouche, was followed by another carrying the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

George, eight, Charlotte, seven, and three-year-old Louis smiled and waved enthusiastically as they sat in a row, with Louis the youngest in the middle of his older siblings.

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage (Andrew Matthews/PA)
An Irish wolfhound leads as Guards march along The Mall
An Irish wolfhound leads as Guards march along The Mall (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Royal carriage leaves Buckingham Palace
The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Buckingham Palace (Paul Ellis/PA)
The Prince of Wales (front), the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal leave Buckingham Palace
The Prince of Wales, front, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal leave Buckingham Palace (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The Queen arrived at Buckingham Palace, ready to take a salute from the balcony accompanied by her cousin the Duke of Kent, Colonel of the Scots Guards, when the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and the Guards made their way back from the parade ground.

The Kings Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery ride down the Mall
The Kings Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery ride down The Mall (Richard Pohle/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge (left), the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales
The Duke of Cambridge, left, the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales, right, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony (Cpl Simon Lucas/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession
The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession (Aaron Chown/PA)
The Queen and the Duke of Kent
The Queen and the Duke of Kent watch from the balcony (Jonathan Brady/PA)
The Queen
The Queen beamed as the procession took place (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The Prince of Wales stood on the Queen’s right-hand side and the pair could be seen chatting and smiling ahead of the flypast.

Huge cheers of “hooray” erupted from the thousands of royal fans on The Mall in front of the palace.

As aircraft approached, the Queen could be seen looking ahead and smiling.

Aircraft spell out ’70’
Aircraft spell out ’70’ during the flypast at the conclusion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Royal family watches flypast
(l to r) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast (Aaron Chown/PA)
The Red Arrows perform a flypast along the Mall
The Red Arrows perform a flypast along the Mall (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Crowds in Parliament Square take photographs of the Jubilee flypast
Crowds in Parliament Square take photographs of the Jubilee flypast (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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