The Queen was caught up in mid-air drama yesterday when lightning forced her jet to abort landing.
The 13-seater eventually landed in London after leaving Aberdeen.
A 4×4 then took them to Windsor Castle to prepare for the Platinum Jubilee.
A thunderstorm, rain and hail meant Her Majesty’s jet had to return to the sky seconds before landing.
Her pilot made a second and successful attempt when the weather cleared.
Royal fans were already camping out in the mall last night, some with cardboard cutouts of the monarch.
Preparations for the big knee are also picking up speed – the Gold State coach and military forces attended the dawn dress rehearsals yesterday.
Dusting off the landing drama, the Queen looked calm with one of her beloved corgis – presumably Candy – in the back seat on the way to the castle.
Her Majesty, 96, had returned after spending five nights recovering in Balmoral.
She was driven to Aberdeen Airport from the estate’s Craigowan Lodge at midday yesterday.
The 86-foot Embraer 135 private jet was parked in a hangar away from the main terminal to ensure she could board out of sight.
It started to rain shortly after 1 p.m.
An hour and a half later, the pilot was due to land at RAF Northolt in north-west London.
But a gusty storm arose and the jet was ordered to go around. It circled over north London for about 15 minutes until it was deemed safe enough to make a second attempt at landing as the Flash passed.
Footie’s Gary Lineker tweeted video of the storm lashing his back garden in London.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen’s landing was aborted due to a lightning strike and stressed there were no safety concerns.
But an insider said: “You don’t take risks in these circumstances and aborting the landing when lightning struck was the right thing to do.”
The royal family is facing a new storm which is sweeping in with Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, arriving in Windsor with their children ahead of the four day anniversary events which begin tomorrow.
The forecast for London predicts sunny periods from Thursday to Saturday. But showers are expected during Sunday’s pageant.
The Gold State coach was escorted through Westminster yesterday.
Service personnel marched onto the mall, which is adorned with giant Union flags.
Revelers have also started camping in London as they look for prime spots to see the royals. Superfans, Amy, Sky, John, Maria and Donna have traveled from Newcastle and the USA – complete with Cardboard Queen.
One of the first street parties started yesterday.
Residents adorned Roman Avenue in Walker, Newcastle, with bunting and flags and placed them in sausage rolls and pies donated by Greggs.
Suzanne Wellington, 49, from the organizers at St Martin’s Centre, said: “We had it today because the hall was free.
“It’s also about bringing the community together here because on the bank holiday many of them will be with families. The atmosphere is fantastic and it’s good to see.”
Suzanne’s mother Mary, 78, added: “It’s very important that we celebrate the Queen and her reign. A lot of older people like me can remember the day she became queen.”
The centre’s 51-year-old tea lady, Doris Scowen, 88, met the Queen in 1974. She said: “This center does wonderful things and it’s nice when people come together.”
A life size 5ft 3in cake of the Queen was served to Buzz Bingo players in Birmingham yesterday.
It took social media star Lara Mason, whose Cake Anything account has 2.7 million followers, five days and 400 eggs to complete her creation.
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