THE Queen gasped “Oh, how incredible” during her Platinum Jubilee flypast yesterday – as the ecstatic crowd gave her a rousing triple cheer.
Her Majesty, 96, delighted royal fans with two appearances on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Wearing a powder blue dress and sunglasses and clutching a cane – a gift from the Army – she beamed as she stood with three generations of her beloved family.
She was clearly blown away by the public response as her four-day celebration began in a blaze of color and joy.
Last night, the Queen withdrew from today’s National Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, with the Palace saying she “greatly enjoyed today’s birthday parade and flypast but felt a little uneasy”.
It added: “Taking into account the travel and activities required to attend tomorrow’s service, Her Majesty has concluded with great reluctance that she will not be attending.
“She would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable occasion.” Prince Charles will represent the Queen at St Paul’s.
Prince Louis, four, almost stole the show yesterday as he adored his great-grandmother and pushed past his mother Kate to get her attention.
The young king in a dashing sailor outfit had previously amused viewers as he pulled a series of funny faces, smiles and grimaces.
At Trooping the Color in Horse Guards Parade, Louis watched from a window and played with Savannah and Isla – the daughters of the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips and ex-wife Autumn Kelly.
Louis made a serious face and saluted the passing cavalry.
And he pointed excitedly when he spotted Father William on horseback below in his regimental tunic and bearskin hat.
Minutes earlier, Louis arrived at the party in a carriage with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate and siblings George, eight, and Charlotte, seven.
The sensational flyby of more than 70 aircraft delighted senior royals who watched from the palace balcony.
The roar of the jet engines was almost too much for the excited Louis as he clamped his hands over his ears.
The Queen, flanked by Prince Charles and Kate, who wore a white dress and hat, spoke to her family about the impressive air show. Seeing a fleet of helicopters flying low over the palace, she said, “This is our Air Force. The Apaches.”
As the show went on, she shot Prince George, eight, an affectionate look and said: “Now watch this.”
Impressed by 15 RAF Typhoons forming a number 70 marking her years on the throne, the Queen said: “That’s very clever.”
Kate replied: “Wow that’s amazing. . . Impressive.”
As the Red Arrows rounded out the display by leaving red, white and blue contrails, Kate leaned over to her three children and said, “See the smoke.”
Excited, George looked up at the sky and said, “Woah, those are the Red Arrows. I see you.”
Hundreds of thousands of flag-waving supporters lined The Mall, and many camped out overnight to catch a glimpse of their favorite royals.
Luckily, the sun shone down on the revelers, who ate picnics and greeted the royals with big cheers.
The previous two Trooping the Color ceremonies were downsized due to Covid and held at Windsor Castle instead.
An enthusiastic member of yesterday’s organizing team said: “Isn’t this noise amazing. We haven’t heard that for so long. It is wonderful.”
Charles, 73, stood in for the Queen to receive the official royal salute.
But the patient crowd got what they wanted when they appeared on the palace balcony to receive a salute from the returning household cavalry.
Thousands had booked tickets for the historic event and taken a seat for the balcony performance at the Queen Victoria Monument.
They got to cheer not once but twice as the Queen returned to the balcony for the spectacular RAF flypast.
Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, did not join the Queen there as they no longer work as royals.
But the non-working royals Princess Eugenie, 32, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, 36, shared photos watching the drive-by from the palace roof.
Jack was seen holding their 15-month-old son August – with Peter Phillips and sister Zara Tindall and her husband Mike’s children in the background.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5481159/queen-gasped-incredible-flypast-jubilee/ Queen gasped “how incredible” on the palace balcony at the Platinum Jubilee flypast as the ecstatic crowd gave her rousing cheers