Happy 91st birthday Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Family assembled at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her birthday this weekend. Joined by her children, grandchildren, and adorable great-grandchildren Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Queen and her family gathered on a balcony of Buckingham Palace to the delight of the crowd after the Trooping the Colour parade in her honor.
While the focus of the event was officially on Queen Elizabeth, her great-grandchildren did their best to steal the show. Standing alongside the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte put on a show of cuteness for the crowd below. Prince George watched in awe as the Royal Air Force flew overhead with his mouth agape. When helicopters flew overhead, Princess Charlotte followed her brother’s lead and waved enthusiastically to the sky.
Parade watchers got their first sight of the youngest members of the Royal Family through a window of Buckingham Palace. After the parade, they joined up with their parents and relatives for a Royal gathering on a balcony of the London residence. Prince George initially looked bored by the event. However, his mood would rebound enthusiastically after the Royal Air Force flyover. The RAF’s signature red, white, and blue trails in the sky were too much for the little lad to ignore as Charlotte watched from the comfort of her mother’s arms.
Since 1748, Trooping the Colour has marked the official birthday of the Sovereign. Queen Elizabeth’s actual birthday is in April but is celebrated nationally with Trooping the Colour. The parade is a lavish event, with over 600 guardsmen and cavalry marching through the Mall to Buckingham Palace.
To start the festivities, the Queen and Prince Philip observed a moment of silence for the victims of the recent Grenfell Tower fire disaster. She had visited the victims of the horrific fire only one day prior.