It was the perfect finale for an intense four-days celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Royal Family showed up in full force to support her.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was a three-hours long event that saw thousands of people parade down the Mall and in front of Buckingham Palace to pay tribute to everything that the Queen stands for.
Buckingham Palace had announced that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence would be present, but many more showed up, some to the surprise and delight of the public.
When most livestreams of the event began, the Royal Box was already half full, with Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank sitting next to her sister Princess Beatrice, who was also accompanied by her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and his son Wolfie.
Peter Phillips and his daughters Savannah and Isla and Zara and Mike Tindall with their two daughters Mia and Lena were also already sitting in the second row. Towards the end of the pageant, even baby Lucas Tindall made a brief appearance to pay his respects to his great-grandmother.
The Princess Royal and her husband were also already sat next to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in the front row.
Princess Anne ended up sat next to her brother, the Prince of Wales, who had the Duchess of Cornwall on his other side.
Much to the delight of the public, the Cambridges showed up in full force, with the Duke and Duchess opting to bring all three children to the tribute. Prince William was sitting next to the Duchess of Cornwall, then Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge.
But the biggest surprise of all was the Queen’s brief appearance on the balcony, to close the event. She emerged from Buckingham Palace right after Ed Sheeran had finished singing his touching tribute and just in time to listen to the massive crowds sing the National Anthem.
So all in all a big close to a historically unique event that saw the combination of tradition and innovation, past and future, State and family.