In pictures: The Royal Family at Jubilee celebrations

The Queen has appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of official celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee.

The 96-year-old monarch was seen watching troops returning from the official Trooping of the Colour ceremony.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace as the troops march past during the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour

Earlier, members of the Royal Family gathered in central London to attend the parade marking the Queen’s official birthday.

Trooping the Colour kicked off four days of celebrations for the Jubilee.

First to appear were Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in a horse-drawn carriage – together with Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade in celebration of Britain"s Queen Elizabeth"s Platinum Jubilee, in London, Britain June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine and Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince George, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge (right) in a horse-drawn carriage

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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee on June 02, 2022 in London, England.
Britain"s Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis ride in a carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade
Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession travels down The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony
Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte wave ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession travels down The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony
Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte in the carriage procession at Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee on June 02, 2022 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, her children Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall travel in a horse-drawn carriag

They were followed by Prince Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor
Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

Lady Louise Windsor is 18 and her brother Viscount Severn is 14.

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester and a cousin of the Queen, and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester rode to the ceremony in another carriage, alongside Princess Anne’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence rides in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade

Then Prince Charles, Prince William, and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, appeared from Buckingham Palace on horseback for their central parts in Trooping the Colour. Prince Charles took the salute from guardsmen and officers at the parade.

Charles, William and The Princess Royal leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales ride horseback during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 02, 2022 in London, England

Members of the family, including the children, watched the ceremony from a balcony at Horseguards Parade.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis
Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte on the balcony at Horseguards Parade during the Trooping the Colour
Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Mia Grace Tindall watch the Trooping of the Colour ceremony
Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Mia Grace Tindall and Princess Beatrice
The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Savannah Phillips watch the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday,

After the ceremony, the family returned to Buckingham Palace. The children bowed their heads as they received a salute.

Prince George (left), Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte bow their heads as they receive a salute as the Royal Procession returns to Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony

Then the Queen appeared on the balcony, with her cousin Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward, Duke of Kent on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade
Queen Elizabeth II stands on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace bas the troops march past during the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour

She was joined by senior royals for a second appearance on the balcony to watch an RAF flypast. Only “working royals” and some of their children were invited to join the Queen. Seen here, from left to right: the Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte; the Duchess of Kent, the Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Tim Lawrence, Princess Anne, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, the Queen, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and her children Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, Prince William, the Countess of Wessex, her son Viscount Severn, her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, and the Duke of Wessex.

The Queen and members of the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, along with Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade during the Queen"s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, June 2, 2022

As is often the case, the children on the balcony stole the show.

Prince Louis, his mother the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince George
The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations
Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour
Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen's Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour
Prince Louis, his sister Princess Charlotte and their brother Prince George
The Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge
The Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge

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