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Royal fans sing the national anthem as they gather along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday 2 June 2022 for the first of four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The events, over a long bank holiday weekend in Britain, are set to celebrate the monarch’s 70th anniversary of service. (AP Photo/David Cliff)
LONDON – Four days of celebration Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year accession to the throne will begin on Thursday with a display of British military traditions spanning from the days of horses and guns to the jet age.
Formal celebrations of the platinum jubilee begin with Trooping the Color, an annual military revue that has marked the sovereign’s official birthday since 1760. The Queen is expected to join working members of her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the event, as 70 aircraft roar overhead.
The anniversary will be celebrated with a four-day holiday weekend. Celebrations of Elizabeth’s reign include a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Friday, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a pageant directed by her thousands of performers drawn by schools and community groups across the country on Sunday afternoons.
Throughout the weekend, community organizations and individuals will host thousands of street parties across the country, repeating a tradition that began with the Queen’s coronation in 1953.
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