UK military parade kicks off platinum jubilee celebrations | Entertainment News

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LONDON (AP) — Four days of celebrations honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne will begin Thursday with a display of British military traditions ranging from the days of the horse and cannon to the age of the jet.

Official Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin with Trooping the Color, an annual military parade that has marked the Sovereign’s official birthday since 1760. The Queen is expected to join active members of her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the year. ‘event. , when 70 planes must roar above our heads.

The Jubilee is commemorated with a four-day holiday weekend. The celebration of Elizabeth’s reign includes a service of thanksgiving on Friday at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a performance put on by thousands of performers from schools and community groups of the country on Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the weekend, neighborhood organizations and individuals are expected to hold thousands of street parties across the country, repeating a tradition that began with the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

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