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The Queen attends Trooping the Colour ceremony

The Queen’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Colour took place today in Central London to mark Her Majesty’s official 90th birthday.

Dressed in a lime green coat and matching hat, the 90-year-old monarch took the salute at Horseguards Parade and inspected her guards as she does annually.

This year’s parade has added significance though as it takes place during three days of commemorations to celebrate The Queen’s milestone birthday.

Over 1,600 soldiers and 300 horses took part in the event that was attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

Later on in the day, the Queen will join other members of the Royal Family on the Buckingham Palace balcony for an RAF fly-past.

Dressed in a bright lime green Stewart Parvin coat and matching hat with a pink flower by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, the Queen waved to crowds as she left Buckingham Palace in a carriage alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Behind Her Majesty on horseback were The Prince of Wales who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, The Duke of Cambridge – Colonel of the Irish Guards and The Princess Royal – Colonel of the Blues and Royals.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were in the first carriage in the parade, with Prince Andrew and his daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie in the second carriage.

In the other carriage were the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their two children – Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn. This year is eight-year-old Lord Severn’s debut in the parade.

The Royal Family were accompanied by a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, made up of Life Guards and Blues and Royals.

Also taking part were the Massed Bands of the Household Division, the Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry and the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

The Queen has attended Trooping the Colour in every year of her reign, except in 1955 when a national rail strike led to the event being cancelled.

Later on in the day, a flotilla of historic boats will also take part in a procession on the River Thames. This includes a model of the Queen’s beloved HMS Britannia.

There will also be royal gun salutes fired in major cities across the UK.

The celebrations will continue into tomorrow as 10,000 people descend to the Mall for the Patron’s Lunch. Street parties will also be held all across the country.

On Friday, Her Majesty and 52 members of her family attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral which paid tribute to her life.