Her Majesty followed tradition again this year and gave a nod to her military role by wearing her diamond-encrusted Brigade of Guards brooch for Trooping the Colour.
The Queen has worn the brooch to almost every Trooping the Colour since 1987, when she stopped wearing uniform to the birthday parade.
Created for Queen Mary, the diamond piece combines the badges of the five regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies, which include Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards.
The five symbols are enclosed in an oval frame with the Latin phrase, ‘Quinque Juncta In Uno,’ which translates in English to ‘five joined as one.’
Her Majesty followed tradition again this year and gave a nod to her military role by wearing her diamond-encrusted Brigade of Guards brooch
The brooch is made out of natural diamonds, and combines the badges of the five regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies, which include Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards
The Brigade of Guards Brooch was originally created for Queen Mary, the Queen’s grandmother, and it’s been in the royal family for more than a century.
A replice was created for Queen Mary’s daughter, Princess Mary, and was presented to her by from Garrard by the Brigade of Guards for her wedding in 1922.
The Queen rode a horse in the annual parade until 1987, and was also required to wear uniform.
But when she stopped riding in the event and started to use a carriage she also started wearing her standard day wardrobe, which meant a brooch was also required.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent watching from the balcony at Buckingham Palace
A few years later she decided on the Guards brooch and she’s worn it every year since, wearing it provides a special connection to each regiment, every year.
The Queen’s extensive personal jewellery collection is impressive and awe-inspiring and it’s said to include more than 300 pieces.
The Monarch’s brooches are precious, and The Queen is so fond of the accessory that she is said to have approximately 98 different pieces in her collection.
Her Majesty The Queen wears each brooch depending on its history or relevance to the occasion. Her many brooches have either been gifted or commissioned for special occasions.
(From left) Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne, Camilla, Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Buckingham Palace today
Crowds gather up The Mall towards Buckingham Palace as they await for the family to appear on the balcony
Queen Elizabeth II points as she stands next to Prince Louis on the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London this afternoon
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wave during the flypast as they stand on the Buckingham Palace balcony today
The Queen left Windsor Castle this morning as she headed to Buckingham Palace to take part in her Platinum Jubilee celebrations with other Royal Family members as tens of thousands of people packed London’s streets.
The Duchess of Cambridge and her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis waved for cheering crowds at Trooping the Colour today before the Queen’s arrival, as they began the celebrations in style.
Three carriages left the forecourt of Buckingham Palace carrying members of the Royal Family down The Mall this morning, with the Duchess of Cornwall riding alongside Kate Middleton and her children in the first carriage.
They were followed in the glorious sunshine by the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their son James, Viscount Severn, and finally the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence in the third carriage.
Louis sat between his older siblings George and Charlotte in a carriage, with Kate and Camilla sat opposite. The children, who were dressed in a light blue, navy and white colour scheme, waved to the crowds – and at one point Charlotte appeared to push Louis’s hand down, while the Princess squinted in the sunshine as the carriage left.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne rode on horses during the traditional carriage procession which left Buckingham Palace ahead of Trooping the Colour, also known as the Birthday Parade, at the start of festivities.
As Kate, Camilla and the children left in their carriage, a riding groom had an issue with her horse which refused to move. The carriage had to swerve to avoid the animal which was eventually persuaded to join the procession.
Fighter jets from Britain’s RAF fly in formation to form the number ’70’ during a special flypast over Buckingham Palace today
The Red Arrows perform a flypast over The Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London today
The Cambridge children bowed their heads when the national anthem was played on their arrival into Horse Guards Parade. George was dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and blue tie for the occasion, while Louis was wearing a sailor-style white and navy top echoing an outfit worn by his father at the 1985 Trooping event.
Charlotte’s hair was down, dressed up with two fine plaits fastened with a blue ribbon, and she wore a cornflower dress. She peered out of the central window at Horse Guards Parade as Louis pointed out towards the ceremony.
They arrived at Horse Guards Parade alongside their mother and grandmother in a carriage. The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a white coat dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy. Riding horses were the Prince of Wales on George, the Duke of Cambridge on Derby and the Princess Royal on Sir John.
The Prince of Wales went ahead of the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal as they rode diagonally across the forecourt and under the arches of Horse Guards. Charles wore his scarlet Colonel of the Welsh Guards uniform and green thistle sash riding a horse named George. William rode on Derby in his Irish Guards uniform and Anne on a horse named Sir John in her Colonel of the Blues and Royals uniform as part of the colourful parade.
It comes as Prince Harry and Meghan are set to join senior royals at an official engagement for the first time in more than two years. The Sussexes are also set to bring along three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, nearly one, for the public family reunion – and the children are likely to meet their cousins George, Charlotte and Louis at last.
Lilibet has never been introduced to her royal relatives, while Archie has not been in the UK since he was six months old. But there is no invitation for shamed Prince Andrew even in a private capacity after his fall from grace.
The Queen’s Birthday Parade at Horse Guards in London is the first official Platinum Jubilee event of the bank holiday weekend, with Her Majesty set to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the RAF flypast at 1pm.
Thousands of people draped in Union Jack flags, party hats and plastic tiaras lined The Mall in the warm sunshine today. Some of those at the front brought camping chairs, having arrived over the past few days to get the best spot, and spirits were high as members of the public chatted and joked with police maintaining the perimeter.
Prince William and Princess Anne during Trooping The Colour in London this morning
The Kings Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery ride down The Mall on their way to fire the ceremonial gun in London today
However, police then swooped on four intruders tried to smash through security on The Mall. Two of the protesters – who were from Animal Rebellion – were able to sit in the middle of the road as the marching band approached. Officers hauled them out of the way as the musicians walked by them, avoiding them completely.
The Irish Guards were among the first to arrive at a march at Horse Guards Parade this morning in front of the sitting crowds in the bright sunshine, led by their mascot, an Irish Wolfhound called Seamus. And as huge crowds descended on the capital to witness the historic weekend, police and park authorities said the areas were full.
Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London this morning
The Metropolitan Police said: ‘The viewing areas in central London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are now full. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to enter the viewing areas please avoid the area.’
And the Royal Parks added: ‘Crowds have flocked to St James’s Park for Trooping the Colour and public viewing areas are now at full capacity. Please do not head to St James’s Park but enjoy the Jubilee celebrations elsewhere.’
Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said in a tweet on their official account this morning: ‘We’re looking forward to celebrating and seeing how you’re joining us in marking this #PlatinumJubilee weekend.’