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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade in London on Thursday, June 2.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, depart St Paul’s Cathedral in London after attending a service honoring the Queen on Friday. Harry and Meghan, who flew from the United States for the jubilee celebrations, were warmly welcomed by a crowd outside the service. Ahead of the event, there was much speculation in the British press over how the couple would be received following their decision to step back from the royal family and move to California two years ago.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, smiles as she arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

More than 400 people were invited to the event recognizing the Queen’s lifetime of service. The congregation included key workers, teachers and public servants as well as representatives from the Armed Forces, charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups, according to Buckingham Palace. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among those in the audience.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince Charles arrives for Friday’s service. Another one of the Queen’s sons, Prince Andrew, was notably absent after testing positive for Covid-19.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The theme of Friday morning’s event was public service. It included Bible readings, prayers and congregational hymns to honor the Queen’s 70 years on the British throne.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Harry and Meghan arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses while inside St Paul’s Cathedral. Johnson was cheered and booed by the crowd when he arrived for the service.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A member of the military stumbles Friday while on duty ahead of the service.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A woman holds a cutout picture of the Queen while waiting outside St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

People gather outside St Paul’s Cathedral to watch the arrivals.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen prepares to touch the Commonwealth of Nations Globe to start the lighting of the Principal Beacon outside of Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A Platinum Jubilee beacon is lit by Lord Provost Robert Aldridge and Commander of Edinburgh Garrison Lt. Col. Lorne Campbell at Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle on Thursday. More than 1,500 towns, villages and cities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories would come together to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

People pack The Mall in London for Thursday’s Trooping the Colour parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen walks out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, waves during a carriage procession on Thursday. Joining her on the carriage were her three children — Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte — as well as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Planes spell out the number 70 as they fly over Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A 124-gun salute is fired at the Tower of London as part of the Trooping the Colour parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Trooping the Colour event involved 1,500 soldiers and officers, 400 musicians, 250 horses and 70 aircraft, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Three of the Queen’s great-grandchildren— from left, Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte — ride in the carriage procession on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince William, left, rides on horseback next to his father, Prince Charles, during the Trooping the Colour parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Guard marches during the Trooping the Colour parade Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen is joined by members of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Thousands of people flocked to central London for the celebrations Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A military band performs on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Four of the Queen’s great-grandchildren watch the parade from a window of Buckinghamp Palace on Thursday. From left are Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Mia Tindall.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A member of the Coldstream Guards holds souvenir programs ahead of the start of Thursday’s parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince Edward, right, rides in a carriage along with his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and their children, James and Louise.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry takes part in the parade Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A man wears a Union Jack suit as people gather on The Mall for Jubilee celebrations on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Police officers line up on The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A member of the Buckingham Palace staff cleans the balcony ahead of the Trooping the Colour parade on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Crowds gather in London for the parade.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese lights the Commonwealth Beacon for a Jubilee celebration in Canberra, Australia, on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Some royal fans had Union flags applied to their faces as they gathered along The Mall in London on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

People wear masks of the Queen and one of her dogs as they attend Jubilee celebrations on The Mall on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

Anita Atkinson, who has collected more than 12,000 items of royal memorabilia, makes her way to a tea party in Durham on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

People sing the national anthem as they gather along The Mall on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

A boy poses with a Union flag on The Mall on Wednesday.