Queen Elizabeth II appears twice on palace balcony as Platinum Jubilee party kicks off in London

With a familiar whiff of military colour, precision and horsemanship, Britain kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with the Trooping the Color Parade,

 which saw the 96-year-old monarch appear twice – appearing on the balcony for the first time in years . Buckingham Palace.

Dressed in a light blue coat and cap, holding a cane and wearing shaded glasses, the queen looked happy and well,

 and even conversed with one of her great-grandchildren as she stood on the balcony.

She appeared first with her royal cousin, the Duke of Kent, to take the salute of her troops,

and then with her extended family of "working royals" in the form of 70 RAF jets at the traditional end of the Trooping Parade lamps.

Fighter jets took off to form the number '70' in the skies above the palace, accepting the Queen's unprecedented 70 years to the throne.

Also for the first time ever, the Queen "salutes" from the balcony as British soldiers marching in red robes passed below 

and the mall was shouted at by huge crowds and revered for her long-serving "Platinum Queen". hailed his affection for him.

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