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Britain honours the Queen with parties, bunting, and scarecrows for Platinum Jubilee celebrations

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Great Britain has brought out the red, white and blue bunting in full force this bank holiday weekend to come together for Her Majesty’s unprecedented 70th anniversary on the throne.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has led the nation to throw a four-day party fit for a royal, with families, schools, and entire towns coming together to rejoice in celebrating the British monarch.

This morning kicked off with the Queen’s Birthday Parade, led by Prince Charles and accompanied by Prince William and Anne, Princess Royal on horseback, where the heir has inspected the troops of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards along with more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. 

Her Majesty has made one of two appearances on the Buckingham Palace Balcony today, to watch the RAF flypast, which will saw some 71 aircraft soar over The Mall in a historic display featuring Spitfires, Red Arrow Hawks and a Lancaster bomber. The Red Arrows displayed the number 70 in a jaw-dropping formation for Her Majesty.

The show will feature more than three times the number of aircraft which took part in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast in central London in 2019. 

The fleet will take off from military bases around the UK before joining holding patterns around the south-east of England. They will then fly directly down the length of The Mall before the first batch reach Buckingham Palace at 1pm.

But across the country, Britons have been finding their own ways to honour the Queen, by way of street parties, miles of bunting and even scarecrows transformed into members of he royal family.

Across the country, Britons have been finding their own ways to honour the Queen, by way of street parties, miles of bunting and even scarecrows transformed into members of he royal family. Pictured is Canal Street in Manchester

Around 500 people took to Middleton Street in Llandrindod, Wales, for a Platinum Jubilee street party, pictured. Attendees wore party hats with Union Jacks on them and waved flags

Around 500 people took to Middleton Street in Llandrindod, Wales, for a Platinum Jubilee street party, pictured. Attendees wore party hats with Union Jacks on them and waved flags

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee has led the nation to throw a four-day party fit for a royal, with families, schools, and entire towns coming together to rejoice in celebrating the British monarch. Pictured, a windowfront in Windsor

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has led the nation to throw a four-day party fit for a royal, with families, schools, and entire towns coming together to rejoice in celebrating the British monarch. Pictured, a windowfront in Windsor

Great Britain has brought out the red, white and blue bunting in full force this bank holiday weekend to come together for Her Majesty's unprecedented 70th anniversary on the throne - pictured, a man adding more Union Jacks to the display outside Churchills Bar on Canal Street, Manchester

Great Britain has brought out the red, white and blue bunting in full force this bank holiday weekend to come together for Her Majesty’s unprecedented 70th anniversary on the throne – pictured, a man adding more Union Jacks to the display outside Churchills Bar on Canal Street, Manchester

This building in Sonning, Berkshire, displayed Union Jacks from the gutters for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this weekend

This building in Sonning, Berkshire, displayed Union Jacks from the gutters for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend

Her Majesty is set to make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace Balcony today, first to watch her son and heir, Prince Charles , who will inspect the troops of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards along with more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. Pictured is a home in Windsor celebrating on bank holiday Thursday

Her Majesty is set to make two appearances on the Buckingham Palace Balcony today, first to watch her son and heir, Prince Charles , who will inspect the troops of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards along with more than 1,500 officers and soldiers from the Household Division. Pictured is a home in Windsor celebrating on bank holiday Thursday

Windsor in particular looks very colourful for the Platinum festivities, with the high street painted red, white and blue with plenty of flags covering lampposts in the area. Pictured, The Carpenter's Arms on Market Street in Windsor on Thursday

Windsor in particular looks very colourful for the Platinum festivities, with the high street painted red, white and blue with plenty of flags covering lampposts in the area. Pictured, The Carpenter’s Arms on Market Street in Windsor on Thursday

Plenty of homes and pubs have special decorations including balloons and Jubilee posters in the national colours of the United Kingdom, like this front door, which even has a cardboard corgi decorated with red, white and blue roses

Plenty of homes and pubs have special decorations including balloons and Jubilee posters in the national colours of the United Kingdom, like this front door, which even has a cardboard corgi decorated with red, white and blue roses

Windsor in particular looks very colourful for the Platinum festivities, with a huge Union Jack flag and bunting hung up everywhere to welcome those travelling into the royal borough’s train station. The high street is equally as red, white and blue with plenty of flags covering lampposts in the area.

Plenty of homes and pubs have special decorations including balloons and Jubilee posters in the national colours of the United Kingdom.

In Manchester’s Canal Street, the entire street has been covered in Union Jacks and red, white and blue bunting which has been hung from the trees to the bars just above those sat enjoying a bank holiday beverage.

Nell Gwynn’s tearoom in Windsor has a special painting of the Queen placed front and centre in the shop front window, surrounded by some Platinum Jubilee bunting. 

Even those not on home soil have enjoyed a touch of Jubilee celebrations to their holidays, with Italian global cruise line, MSC Cruises, based in Geneva, which is currently in Oslo, Norway, presenting a gigantic cake shown to all those on board. They have also displayed Platinum Jubilee flags on the communal areas.

Ian Sherwood, a councillor from Swaffham, Norfolk, shared his pictures of the 9×16 ft (2.7×4.8m), which sat in the lobby area of the ship.

One family went to Windsor with their Union Jack flags to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee near Her Majesty's castle. Pictured on Thursday morning

One family went to Windsor with their Union Jack flags to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee near Her Majesty’s castle. Pictured on Thursday morning

The Queen Charlotte pub in Windsor decorated their building by hanging up plenty of Union Jack flag bunting which went out into the high street

The Queen Charlotte pub in Windsor decorated their building by hanging up plenty of Union Jack flag bunting which went out into the high street

Sue Carter, left, and Kim King, right, are pictured in Windsor on a sunny bank holiday Thursday where they enjoyed a glass of fizz sat on a bench outside of Windsor Castle

Sue Carter, left, and Kim King, right, are pictured in Windsor on a sunny bank holiday Thursday where they enjoyed a glass of fizz sat on a bench outside of Windsor Castle

There have been a fair few scarecrows scattered around the country dressed up to look like Her Majesty, with one in Launton, Oxfordshire, depicted enjoying a glass of gin in her dog-walking gear wearing a sign that reads, ‘Cheers to 70 years!’.

Lucky Summer-Rose Jeffries shares her birthday with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and couldn’t be happier with her special three-tiered Victoria Sponge cake, adorned with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, courtesy of her Nanny and Granddad.

Luka Grajdek baked a Victoria Sponge cake specially for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, and while taking a snap of his latest bake, a cloud in the shape of Great Britain appears in the background.

Around 500 people took to Middleton Street in Llandrindod, Wales, for a Platinum Jubilee street party, pictured. Attendees wore party hats with Union Jacks on them. 

Some 18 royal family members will be watching on from the balcony including: The Queen; Charles and Camilla; William and Kate with George, Charlotte and Louis; Edward and Sophie and their children Louise and James; Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence; the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York will not make an appearance on the balcony.

This morning, the Queen sent a car and security detail to collect the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their two young children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, who will turn one on Saturday, after their private jet landed at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire from on Wednesday.

Her Majesty’s Land Rover greeted the family, who live in California, and their children at before taking them on a 40-minute drive to their UK home, Frogmore Cottage, just a stone’s throw away from Windsor Castle.

Three-year-old Elodie Tennant, pictured, enjoys the festivities at a family fun day to celebrate the Jubilee as she wears a headband with Union Jacks waving from springs above her head in Poole, Dorset today

Three-year-old Elodie Tennant, pictured, enjoys the festivities at a family fun day to celebrate the Jubilee as she wears a headband with Union Jacks waving from springs above her head in Poole, Dorset today

A 'surprise visit' from the royals: This group, pictured in the walled gardens of Upton Country House in Poole, Dorset, try on face masks of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and a corgi

A ‘surprise visit’ from the royals: This group, pictured in the walled gardens of Upton Country House in Poole, Dorset, try on face masks of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and a corgi

Ladies pictured enjoying a royal cup-of-tea on a sunny bank holiday Thursday in celebration of the Queen's 70 years on the throne. Pictured in Upton Country House, Poole, Dorset

Ladies pictured enjoying a royal cup-of-tea on a sunny bank holiday Thursday in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Pictured in Upton Country House, Poole, Dorset

Families and friends joined in on Jubilee celebrations at Upton Country House in Poole, Dorset, waving Union Jacks and sitting in the June sunshine

Families and friends joined in on Jubilee celebrations at Upton Country House in Poole, Dorset, waving Union Jacks and sitting in the June sunshine

These four women brought out their camping chairs and sombrero, as well as a few cans of Pimms, to enjoy celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee which kicked off today

These four women brought out their camping chairs and sombrero, as well as a few cans of Pimms, to enjoy celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee which kicked off today

Plenty of Union Jacks were waving around Upton House in Poole, Dorset today, with some even wearing dedicated t-shirts for the Jubilee

Plenty of Union Jacks were waving around Upton House in Poole, Dorset today, with some even wearing dedicated t-shirts for the Jubilee

Chris Whewell shared a picture of preparations for his garden party in Bridgwater, which already has a seaside theme. He said it 'marries with all our Union Jack items'

Chris Whewell shared a picture of preparations for his garden party in Bridgwater, which already has a seaside theme. He said it ‘marries with all our Union Jack items’

The celebrations have gone further than just the UK though - with one patriotic German joining in with putting up flags of the UK's four nations, the Royal Standard, and even miniature black-hatted redcoats which look as though they are guarding his home like they do the royal residences in Britain

The celebrations have gone further than just the UK though – with one patriotic German joining in with putting up flags of the UK’s four nations, the Royal Standard, and even miniature black-hatted redcoats which look as though they are guarding his home like they do the royal residences in Britain

Stephen Rosner, 57, who lives near Mainz, western Germany, decorated his home (pictured) with every royal ornament to hand. He told MailOnline he will be celebrating the Jubilee with some friends for tea at 5pm this bank holiday Thursday

Stephen Rosner, 57, who lives near Mainz, western Germany, decorated his home (pictured) with every royal ornament to hand. He told MailOnline he will be celebrating the Jubilee with some friends for tea at 5pm this bank holiday Thursday

Stephen Rosner's home, near Mainz, in western Germany, has also got involved in the celebrations

He also displayed flags of the UK's four nations as well as more royal ornaments

Stephen Rosner’s home, near Mainz, in western Germany, has also got involved in the celebrations. He said: ‘At the time of the Queen’s visit to Germany in 1978, I was 14 and happened to be watching television when the festivities were broadcast. It made a deep and lasting impression on me and it turned out that this moment would quite literally change my life’

After today’s events, the monarch is also hoping to be able attend the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, with her wider family.

Outdoor parties will also take place on Sunday as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, while there will be a televised concert on the BBC from Buckingham Palace the day before. 

It is also expected that she will appear again on the balcony after the Pageant parade finale on Sunday. 

The Queen, 96, is also set to spend time with the Sussexes, who are bringing their children Archie and Lilibet over from the US – and could meet Lili for the first time as she celebrates her first birthday on Saturday.

On Sunday, thousands of people will gather across the country as more than 85,000 Big Jubilee Lunches and street parties are staged in celebration of the Queen’s record-breaking 70 year reign.

Royal family members will also visit every corner of the UK over the weekend for official engagements – with William and Kate going to Wales; Edward and Sophie travelling to Northern Ireland; and Anne to Scotland. 

And they will be welcomed by thousands of Union Jacks as the country has pulled no punches when it comes to decorating its high streets with plenty of bunting.

This house in a village near Harrogate, north Yorkshire, put a cardboard cut out of the Queen to look as though 'she is on the balcony', waving at passing people and traffic

This house in a village near Harrogate, north Yorkshire, put a cardboard cut out of the Queen to look as though ‘she is on the balcony’, waving at passing people and traffic

The monarch, 96, will make an extra Jubilee appearance at Windsor Castle at 9.25pm today. It forms part of special dual ceremony with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge. Pictured is inside Windsor and Eton Riverside Station

The monarch, 96, will make an extra Jubilee appearance at Windsor Castle at 9.25pm today. It forms part of special dual ceremony with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge. Pictured is inside Windsor and Eton Riverside Station

Nell Gwynn's tearoom in Windsor has a special painting of the Queen placed front and centre in the shop front window, surrounded by some Platinum Jubilee bunting

Nell Gwynn’s tearoom in Windsor has a special painting of the Queen placed front and centre in the shop front window, surrounded by some Platinum Jubilee bunting

Number 26 on the Launton scarecrow trail, which is being done to fundraise for St Mary's Church, has a scarecrow dressed like The Queen in her winter dog-walking wear complete with wellies and a tweed blazer

Number 26 on the Launton scarecrow trail, which is being done to fundraise for St Mary’s Church, has a scarecrow dressed like The Queen in her winter dog-walking wear complete with wellies and a tweed blazer

St Mary's Church in Launton, Bicester, is fundraising via the Jubilee by hosting a trail from 28th May to 12 June. One of the scarecrows looks like a corgi with a Jubilee flag placed in its mouth

St Mary’s Church in Launton, Bicester, is fundraising via the Jubilee by hosting a trail from 28th May to 12 June. One of the scarecrows looks like a corgi with a Jubilee flag placed in its mouth

Jane Wood's Platinum Jubilee-themed display at her home in Charlton Mackrell in Somerset, where she has covered her wooden gate with Union Jacks, purple Jubilee bunting and some of the Queen's most famous portraits

Jane Wood’s Platinum Jubilee-themed display at her home in Charlton Mackrell in Somerset, where she has covered her wooden gate with Union Jacks, purple Jubilee bunting and some of the Queen’s most famous portraits

The Queen is depicted enjoying a glass of gin in her dog-walking gear in the Oxfordshire village of Launton

The Queen is depicted enjoying a glass of gin in her dog-walking gear in the Oxfordshire village of Launton

The celebrations have gone further than just the UK though – with one patriotic German joining in with putting up flags of the UK’s four nations, the Royal Standard, and even miniature black-hatted redcoats which look as though they are guarding his home like they do the royal residences in Britain. 

Stephen Rosner, 57, who lives near Mainz, western Germany, decorated his home with every royal ornament to hand. He told MailOnline he will be celebrating the Jubilee with some friends for tea at 5pm this bank holiday Thursday.

He said: ‘At the time of the Queen’s visit to Germany in 1978, I was 14 and happened to be watching television when the festivities were broadcast. It made a deep and lasting impression on me and it turned out that this moment would quite literally change my life.

‘Ever since then, I have been fascinated by everything connected with Great Britain, including its history, its people, its way of life, its royal family and especially Her Majesty.’

Even those not on home soil have enjoyed a touch of Jubilee celebrations to their holidays, with Italian global cruise line, MSC Cruises, based in Geneva, which is currently in Oslo, Norway, presenting a gigantic cake (2.7x4.8m) shown to all those on board which sat in the lobby area of the ship

Even those not on home soil have enjoyed a touch of Jubilee celebrations to their holidays, with Italian global cruise line, MSC Cruises, based in Geneva, which is currently in Oslo, Norway, presenting a gigantic cake (2.7×4.8m) shown to all those on board which sat in the lobby area of the ship

The MSC cruise line, based in Geneva, which is currently in Oslo, Norway displayed Platinum Jubilee flags on the communal areas

The MSC cruise line, based in Geneva, which is currently in Oslo, Norway displayed Platinum Jubilee flags on the communal areas

Back in the UK, Luka Grajdek baked a Victoria Sponge cake specially for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, and while taking a snap of his latest bake, a cloud in the shape of Great Britain appeared in the background.

St Mary’s Church in Launton, Bicester, is fundraising via the Jubilee by hosting a trail from 28th May to 12 June, where participants have to find 42 royally themed scarecrows and royal displays around the village.

For the official celebrations later on today, the Queen is to symbolically lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon this evening as part of a chain of more than 3,500 flaming tributes to her 70-year reign.

The monarch, 96, will make an extra Jubilee appearance at Windsor Castle at 9.25pm today. It forms part of special dual ceremony with her grandson the Duke of Cambridge. 

Summer-Rose Jeffries shares her birthday with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - and couldn't be happier with her special three-tiered Victoria Sponge cake, adorned with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, courtesy of her Nanny and Granddad

Summer-Rose Jeffries shares her birthday with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and couldn’t be happier with her special three-tiered Victoria Sponge cake, adorned with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, courtesy of her Nanny and Granddad

Luka Grajdek baked a Victoria Sponge cake specially for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend, and while taking a snap of his latest bake, a cloud in the shape of Great Britain appears in the background

Luka Grajdek baked a Victoria Sponge cake specially for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, and while taking a snap of his latest bake, a cloud in the shape of Great Britain appears in the background

Councillor Elizabeth Turpin wore a shimmering Union Jack dress for the first day of Jubilee festivities

Councillor Elizabeth Turpin wore a shimmering Union Jack dress for the first day of Jubilee festivities

William will be waiting 22 miles away at the Palace, where the beacon centrepiece – a 21-metre Tree of Trees sculpture – will be illuminated in lights on the Queen’s command.

The newly-announced engagement is an additional entry to the Queen’s busy diary over the four-day weekend, which includes Trooping the Colour and a service of thanksgiving.

At Windsor, the Queen will greeted in the castle Quadrangle with a fanfare for the ceremony at the Sovereign’s Entrance.

The Commonwealth of Nations Globe – a blue globe, which sits inside a silver crown on a blue and gold cushion which was specially created for the Beacons project – will be placed on a podium by Yeoman Warders.

The Queen will touch the globe, symbolically triggering the lighting of the Tree of Trees beacon outside the Palace.

Lights will chase along the Quadrangle towards Windsor’s famous Round Tower, before travelling up the Tree of Trees in London.

The Queen will be joined by Bruno Peek, the Pageantmaster, who has overseen the Jubilee Beacons celebration.

Beacons will be lit throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth, and sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks.

The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.

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