Queen pictured at Aberdeen airport as she returns to London forward of Platinum Jubilee celebrations


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The Queen has begun her journey again to London forward of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this week.

The 96-year-old monarch was photographed arriving at Aberdeen airport.

She has been staying at Balmoral, her Scottish property, for a number of days earlier than festivities start to mark 70 years of her reign.

The celebrations happen throughout a four-day financial institution vacation beginning on Thursday.

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Trooping The Color is the primary most important occasion, when hundreds are anticipated in central London for the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the accompanying pomp and pageantry.

The Queen will later seem on the palace balcony for a conventional RAF flypast.

On Thursday night, 2,000 cities, villages and cities will mild beacons collectively as one is lit at Buckingham Palace at 9.45pm.

Friday will see a service of thanksgiving for the Queen and her reign at St Paul’s Cathedral.

There shall be no ceremonial journey to the service, with Her Majesty opting to not scale the steep steps – utilizing another entrance as an alternative.

A reception shall be held afterwards on the Guildhall.

The Queen’s love of horses is well-known and on Saturday she’s going to go to Derby Day at Epsom Downs racecourse in Surrey.

The Derby is the one one of many 5 flat races the Queen hasn’t received with considered one of her horses. She is because of be greeted with a guard of honour of as much as 40 of her previous and current jockeys.

Later that day, 22,000 individuals will attend the Platinum Social gathering at Buckingham Palace.

Stars out in drive for the Queen

A live performance will begin at 8pm and see the return of rock band Queen, whose singer Brian Might carried out on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the earlier Social gathering on the Palace in 2002.

Sir Elton John will function in a pre-recorded efficiency, with the celebrities performing reside together with Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and Andrea Bocelli.

Duran Duran, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra may also be there, in addition to the UK’s current Eurovision star Sam Ryder.

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Jubilee celebrations conclude on Sunday afternoon with an enormous pageant parade in central London.

Alongside a 3km route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, a military of 10,000 volunteers, dancers, musicians and members of the army will inform the story of her 70-year reign.

Round 150 “nationwide treasures” are collaborating, with names together with Gary Lineker, Invoice Bailey, Alan Titchmarsh, Sir Cliff Richard and Torvill and Dean.

The Queen is predicted to once more seem on the palace balcony as the general public and the assembled stars sing the nationwide anthem, led by Ed Sheeran.

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