12 June 2016

UK: Queen's birthday celebrations ends with street party

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she watches the flypast, with Prince Philip, right, Prince William, centre, his son Prince George, front, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, centre left, The Prince of Wales, third left, The Duchess of Cornwall , second left, and Princess Anne on the balcony during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual Trooping the Colour parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The Trooping the Colour tradition originates from preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see.
Queen Elizabeth II's subjects serenaded her with impromptu renditions of "Happy Birthday," on Sunday, as the monarch slowly drove past some 10,000 people attending a massive street fair in her honor.
The drive past in the "Queen mobile" was the highlight of the party on The Mall, the road leading to Buckingham Palace. The picnic is the grand finale of a weekend of official events marking the monarch's 90th birthday and celebrated some 600 charities to which she lends her patronage.