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he Trooping the Colour ceremony is under way with thousands of royal supporters enjoying the pomp and pageantry marking the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

After 70 years of service for the country and Commonwealth, thousands of well-wishers are taking to the streets over the extended bank holiday weekend to celebrate the monarch’s milestone.

The once in a lifetime event will see members of the monarchy, celebrities from the UK and across the globe, and people from all parts of the UK gather to recognise the Queen’s legacy.

Trooping the Colour will begin the festivities and see the Prince of Wales deputise for the Queen, taking the salute and inspecting the troops as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex join the Duchess of Cambridge and other royals to watch the spectacle.

After the ceremony, the Queen will acknowledge the salute of the returning Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Buckingham Palace’s balcony before she later joins working royals on the balcony to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

In the evening, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen, who will lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle that evening.

Ahead of the celebrations, the Queen released a message thanking the nation and saying she continues to be inspired by the goodwill shown to her.

The nation’s longest reigning monarch, 96, said she hoped the Jubilee weekend would provide an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the last 70 years.

“I know that many happy memories will be created at these festive occasions,” she said.

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Protesters apprehended on the Mall

Protesters have been apprehended on the Mall by police officers ahead of Trooping the Colour.

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Viewing areas are now full, says Metropolitan Police

The viewing areas in central London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are now full, the Metropolitan Police has said.

They are advising people to “please avoid the area” to prevent any disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas.

Let’s take a look at the crowds…

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Willian and Kate ‘looking forward’ to Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Duke and Duchess of Camridge have tweeted ahead of the celebrations.

They said: “We’re looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you’re joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend”.

It comes ahead of Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, will take place along the Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade in Whitehall.

The Prince of Wales will be taking the Salute on the Queen’s behalf, which is a first, but the 96-year-old monarch will be on the balcony for the six-minute military flypast, which promises to be iconic.

The parade is due to start at 11am sharp.

We will be bringing you live updates as they happen.

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Pictured: Movement on the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

Police officers have started lining up on the Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, which begins in just under ten minutes.

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Sinn Fein writes to the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee

Former Northern Ireland first minister Dame Arlene Foster has welcomed a Sinn Fein move to write to the Queen on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O’Neill wrote to the Queen to praise her “significant” contribution to the peace process and to acknowledge her “dedicated public service to the British people” during her 70 years on the throne.

Ms O’Neill thanked the Queen for her “warmth and unfailing courtesy” on the occasions when the pair have met and wrote of the “value and respect” she had for the monarch’s contribution to reconciliation.

Former DUP leader Dame Arlene praised Ms O’Neill’s gesture.

“Obviously, I very much welcome it,” she told BBC Radio Ulster.

Dame Arlene, who served alongside Ms O’Neill at the head of the Stormont Executive, said the Platinum Jubilee celebrated three things – the Queen’s public service and dedication; the institution of the monarchy; and the concept of Britishness.

“I think for republicans, like Michelle O’Neill, like Nicola Sturgeon, they have recognised in Her Majesty the Queen the first of those, the fact that she has given so much service to the country.

“They’re recognising that and I think that that is something that is to be welcomed.”

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Macron’s message to the Queen: You are the golden thread that binds our two countries

In a video message to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, French President Emmanuel Macron, addressing the Queen, said: “Madame: During the past 70 years, the President of the French Republic has relied on very few constants at the international level.

“Times have changed, Europe has evolved, our continent is again experiencing war. Through these transformations, your devotion to our alliance and to our friendship has remained, and has helped build the trust that brought freedom and prosperity to our continent.

“Since your first state visit to France, when you were welcomed to Paris by a generation who, alongside your Army, Navy and Air Force, had fought for the freedom we now enjoy, you have visited us many times. You have shared our joys and seen the deep affection and admiration that the people of France have for you.

“You have also visited the graves where so many of your young men lie and seen the respect and honour we constantly pay to those who sent from your homes to protect ours.

“You are the golden thread that binds our two countries. The proof of the unwavering friendship between our nations.

“Your first toast to one of my predecessors, Rene Coty, reminded us that trust and understanding should endure forever. Your words were matched by a lifetime of devotion to our alliance.”

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Pictured: Crowds continue to line the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

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The aircraft taking part in the six-minute Platinum Jubilee flypast

A six-minute flypast of more than 70 aircraft will feature Apache helicopters, Typhoons and The Red Arrows as part of the first day of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will soar over Buckingham Palace after Trooping the Colour.

First to appear in the London skies will be the Royal Navy Wildcat, Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache helicopters.

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows pass over Buckingham Palace at a previous flypast

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The Ministry of Defence said more than 70 aircraft, including aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world, will take part.

It will take six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to include more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019.

The display will include helicopters from the Royal Navy and the Army and RAF aircraft recently seen responding to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic.

The flypast will also include highlights from the history of the RAF, with Puma and Chinook helicopters flying over the palace followed by the Lancaster, three Spitfires and two Hurricanes, all operated by the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Will bins be collected this weekend?

Away from the pomp and pageantry in central London, you may be wondering whether bin collections will be happening over the four-day weekend.

As the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday gets under way, public services like bin collections may be impacted.

Collection days will generally be affected by the long bank holiday weekend, but in London, the impact will vary by borough.

Click here to find out if bin collection will be different this week.

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Pictured: Crowds begin to form along the Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour at 10am

Large crowds are beginning to form along The Mall, the road leading to Buckingham Palace, ahead of the Trooping the Colour parade which starts at 10am.

People have dressed up for the occasion, with many adorned in Union Jack themed garments, with a sea of flags, hats and more.

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