Britain is celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, her 70th year on the throne, with a huge dollop of pomp and pageantry.
The celebration began with a military parade in London, Trooping the Colour, with 1,400 troops in bearskin caps marching to honor the queen’s formal birthday.
Following an 82-gun salute, the queen will be joined by members of the British royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a military flyover.
Many expect this will be the last big bash for the 96-year-old queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. And even those who are lukewarm toward the House of Windsor have embraced the special four-day holiday weekend. Brits are ready to put the pandemic behind them and party.