Four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II began on June 2.
The ceremony of Trooping the Color with horses came first.
The queen then went out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her family as 70 planes flew over.
Thousands of street parties are planned across the country for a four-day holiday weekend.
The facade of Buckingham Palace is adorned with images of the Queen from throughout her reign.
The queen was handed with a 'Commonwealth of Nations Globe' at Windsor Castle, which she tapped to commence beacon lights across the UK.
Thousands of beacons will be illuminated across Britain on June 2 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne.
Beacon illumination is a British royal ritual that developed as a method for those far from London to participate.
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