Queen Elizabeth II Makes First Platinum Jubilee Appearance

Queen Elizabeth II made her first Platinum Jubilee appearance on the balcony of the Buckingham Place on the first of four days of Platinum Jubilee festivities.

The New York Times reported that the Queen came out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace shortly after noon to inspect the troops parading underneath her, wearing a dusky dove blue dress with a pearl and diamante trim cascading down the front of the coat.

The Queen reappeared at 1 PM with the other royal family members.

The first day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration featured a military parade with hundreds of Army musicians, 240 horses, a Royal Air Force flyover, and a gun salute.

According to CNN, thousands of people gathered in central London for the jubilee celebrations.

The Queen did not participate in the earlier ceremonies of the first day, a concession to her frail condition and recent mobility issues.

The Queen will also lead the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee Beacon on Thursday evening from Windsor Castle in a dual ceremony with her grandson Prince William.

The Platinum Jubilee celebration will include everything from the customary Trooping the Color birthday parade for the Queen to a star-studded concert led by Diana Ross to thousands of street parties across the country starting Thursday.

The New York Times reported that Trooping the Color is a symbol of the Queen’s status as the commander-in-chief of the British armed forces.

The Queen ascended to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, following her father’s death, King George VI.

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