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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations underway

Senior royals are now gathering beside the Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony ahead of the Jubilee flypast.

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.

The celebrations will be spread over four days of events, and began with Trooping the Colour earlier today

She was joined by her cousin, the Duke of Kent, to inspect parading troops.

There will be cheers and waves for those who appear, but there will also be plenty of discussion about who’s missing.

BBC says there will be no Prince Andrew, Prince Harry or Meghan, after a firm decision taken last month that only “working royals” were being invited.

The message around Prince Harry and Meghan is that there are no “half-in, half-out” members of the Royal Family as They have stepped down from royal duties and so are not part of the balcony line-up.

Limiting it to “working royals” is also a convenient way of ruling out Prince Andrew, who ended his royal role in 2019 as controversy swirled around his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Harry and Meghan are watching the parade but they will not appear on the balcony

A report from BBC says about 70 aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army are in the skies and making their way towards Buckingham Palace for a flypast.

Thousands of people have turned out in central London as celebrations begin for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – an unprecedented event in British history

She came to the throne 70 years ago and is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch

The Duchess of Cambridge, her three children and the Duchess of Cornwall travelled down the Mall as crowds cheered.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare