A six-minute flight of more than 70 aircraft will complete the Queen’s Birthday Parade as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Dozens of aircraft from the Royal Navy, the army and the Royal Air Force will fly over Buckingham Palace on Thursday, June 2, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the palace balcony along with other members of the royal family. The monarch has limited the Trooping The Color balcony appearance to working members of her family, missing the Duke of York and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
While they will not be on the balcony, Harry, Meghan and their children will attend the celebrations, but it is unknown what elements of the four-day Anniversary weekend they could appear on.
The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and the children of the Wessexes, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, will also appear on the historic occasion.
The Ministry of Defense said more than 70 aircraft, including the Red Arrows and aircraft used by the British armed forces for operations around the world, will participate in the flypast. It takes six minutes to fly over the crowds and is expected to hold more than three times the number of aircraft that took part in the Queen’s final birthday parade in central London in 2019.
The display will show helicopters from the Royal Navy and Army and RAF aircraft recently seen in response to events in Kabul and Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic. The flypast also features highlights from RAF history, including aircraft from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The flypast follows the Queen’s Birthday Parade known as Trooping The Color – a display of military pageantry involving 1,500 officers and soldiers and 250 horses from the Army’s Household Division on Horse Guards Parade.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “I am proud that the armed forces are leading the nation in celebrations with such a spectacular display. During the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we will all enjoy the expertise, skills and talent of our armed forces as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th anniversary on the throne.”
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