|The British Royal Family on Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour. Image: Getty Image via Hello.|
London cheered as the Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was celebrated from June 10-12. Here are the seven unforgettable highlights of Her Majesty’s most splendid moment.
Release of New Official Photograph
|The new official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Image: Annie Leibovitz, Buckingham Palace, AP via USA Today.|
A new official photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh -- who turned just recently turned 95 -- was released on Friday in honor of their joint birthday.
Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral
|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip entering St. Paul's Cathedral for the Thanksgiving Service. Image: Getty Images via US Weekly|
The Queen, Prince Phillip and members of the British Royal Family, attended a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Likewise, past and present government officials, politicians, and foreign guests also attended the service. Prime Minister David Cameron and Sir David Attenborough were readers at the service.
Trooping the Colour
|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip taking the carriage ride. Image: Reuters via Malay Online.|
This year’s Trooping the Colour saw 1,400 soldiers of the British and Commonwealth armies, 400 musicians and 200 horses and more than 400 musicians make their way down The Mall for this impressive showcase of pageantry, highlighting the sovereign’s Official Birthday.
The Balcony Appearance of the Royal Family
|The Royal Family makes their balcony appearance on Buckingham Palace. |
Image: Toby Melville via Telegraph
Perhaps, the most anticipated part after the Trooping the Color was the appearance of the Royal Family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Princess Charlotte and Mike Tindall, Zara Phillips’ husband, make their debut this year.
The RAF Flypast
|The RAF Flypast. Image via Hello|
Trooping the Colour wouldn't be complete with the RAF Flypast. Joining the tens of aircraft that soared above Buckingham Palace are two Spitfires, four helicopters and the Red Arrows.
The Queen's Lively Outfit
|Queen Elizabeth II wears bright green dress for the Trooping the Colour. Image: Getty via Hello|
The thousands of fans who spent hours lining Buckingham Palace and the Mall definitely didn’t miss the monarch, thanks to her bright green dress and coat by Stewart Parvin and the matching hat Rachel Trevor-Morgan.
The Patron’s Lunch
|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip rode an open-top Range Rover during the Patron's Lunch. Following them are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. |
Image: PA via Telegraph.
On Sunday the Queen hosted a street party for 10,000 people. The Patron's Lunch was held in honor of the 600 charities and organizations of which Her Majesty is patron. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip rode an open-top Range Rover which drove them from Buckingham Palace across The Mall amidst the thousands of well-wishers.
The Patron’s Lunch was the finale to the three-month birthday celebrations, which started in April, reminding everyone that after the “picnic,” it was time to move on and get back to work.
“I much appreciate the kindness of all your birthday wishes,” she said, “and have been delighted and moved by the many cards and messages I have received.