Thursday 23 November 2017

Flypast marks beaming Queen's Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth inspects the cake baked in
honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Photo: Anthony Devlin
Queen Elizabeth inspects the cake baked in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Photo: Anthony Devlin
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh watch the flypast. Photo: PA
Royal Air Force jets perform a flypast during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster in Windsor. Photo: Reuters
Royal Air Force Tucano training aircraft form the number "60" during a flypast during Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Armed Forces Parade and Muster in Windsor. Photo: Reuters

James Edgar and Laura Harding

Queen Elizabeth was treated to a spectacular flypast by 78 aircraft over Windsor Castle and music from six military bands yesterday to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

More than 2,500 troops from Britain's Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force took part in a parade through the streets to the delight of thousands of well-wishers.

As she looked up to the skies to watch dozens of aircraft fly over in dazzling formations the Queen smiled, clapped and appeared delighted by the show.

Twenty RAF Tucanos went past in the shape of a "60" and 27 Hawks flew across in an "E II R" formation to celebrate the Commander-in-Chief's 60 years on the throne.

Crowds in the streets of Windsor cheered as two Spitfires, a Lancaster bomber, helicopters, Hercules, VC10 and Tornado aircraft built up to a thunderous finale from the Red Arrows.

The Queen, who wore a turquoise silk, lace and sequinned dress with a matching coat and hat, was given a stirring three cheers by the servicemen and women, who thrust their head-dresses in the air as they shouted "Hooray!".

Before the Muster, the Queen and royal family were given a more intimate parade in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle -- her favourite residence.

The troops then filed through the streets of the town as people waved Union flags, took pictures and applauded.

Once all the servicemen and women had taken up their positions in the arena, the Queen and Philip were driven along the parade route to more cheers and claps. A short service of prayers, readings and hymns followed.

The celebrations were also being watched by members of foreign royal families, including the Sultan of Brunei; the Queen and Prince of Denmark; the King and Queen of Lesotho; the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg; the King and Queen of Norway; the King of Swaziland; the King and Queen of Sweden; the Crown Prince and Princess of Thailand; and the King and Queen of Tonga.

Sunday Independent

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