A six-minute flyby of more than 70 aircraft will complete the Queen’s birthday parade as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Dozens of Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force aircraft will fly over Buckingham Palace on Thursday, June 2, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
The queen is expected to watch the flight from the palace balcony with other members of the royal family. The monarch limited Trooping The Color’s appearance on the balcony of her working family members, with the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex missing out.
Though they won’t be on the balcony, Harry, Meghan and their children will join in the celebrations, but it’s unknown what elements of the four-day Jubilee weekend they might appear in.
Joining the Queen on the balcony of Trooping The Color will be the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Also expected to appear for the historic occasion are Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the Wessex children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The Ministry of Defense said more than 70 aircraft, including Red Arrows and aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces in operations around the world, would participate in the flyby. It will take six minutes to fly over the crowd and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft that took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade in central London in 2019.
The display will include Royal Navy helicopters and Army and RAF aircraft, seen recently responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic. The flyby will also include highlights from RAF history, including aircraft from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The flyover will follow the Queen’s Birthday Parade, known as Trooping The Color – a display of military pageantry involving 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 Army Domestic Division horses at the Horse Guards Parade.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I am proud that the Armed Forces are leading the nation in celebration with such a spectacular display. During the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we will all enjoy the experience, skill and talent of our Armed Forces as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary on the throne.”
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