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New details of Buckingham Palace flypast announced

By Ben from LONDON, United Kingdom -, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

New details have been revealed about the Platinum Jubilee flypast over Buckingham Palace, with 70 aircraft taking part in the celebration.

Following Trooping the Colour, The Queen will return to Buckingham Palace where she will be joined by working members of the Royal Family on the balcony # to watch a flypast with 70 aircraft.

The Ministry of Defence shared the news over the weekend, noting that it could take around six minutes to complete the flypast and that aircraft like the Red Arrows and helicopters that flew missions into Ukraine and Afghanistan will be among those featured.

The Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said: “‘I’m proud that the Armed Forces are leading the nation in celebration with such a spectacular display.

“Throughout the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we will all enjoy the expertise, skill and talent of our Armed Forces as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.”

Trooping the Colour is an annual event, the official birthday celebration of The Queen and takes place in June every year. The past few years, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a smaller, modified version has taken place at the quadrangle at Windsor Castle in front of only The Queen and the Duke of Kent.

In a few weeks, on 2 June, Trooping the Colour will return to London for a spectacular showing that will involve more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division as well as hundreds of Army musicians and nearly 240 horses.

This year, the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards will troop the colour. The Duke of Cambridge is Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards and will review the Irish Guards at the end of May, in the Colonel’s Review, which always takes place ahead of Trooping the Colour.

The Queen will be joined on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the Trooping the Colour flypast by working members of the Royal Family and their children. This will include the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, the Princess Royal and her husband Sir Timothy Laurence, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.