Prince George centre of attention at Official Queen’s Birthday celebrations

The Red Arrows close Trooping of the Colour and official Queen's Birthday celebrations. Image: @BritishMonarchy

The Red Arrows close Trooping of the Colour and official Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Image: @BritishMonarchy

The Queen’s Birthday celebrations have been marked by the second public appearance of her great-grandson Prince George.

He appeared with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

The one-year-old looked up with other members of the Royal Family as the Red Arrows aircraft roared over the Palace.

This followed the pomp and pageantry of the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

The Queen inspected inspected 1,100 soldiers of the Household Division at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, who is Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, were all on horseback for the ceremony.

The Queen’s actual birthday was on 21st April 21, when she turned 89.

Her official birthday is usually celebrated nationally on the second Saturday in June when the weather is expected to be better.

But the fly-past was curtailed.

Very low cloud meant the cancellation of some 31 aircraft that had been lined up to take part in the finale, including Spitfires and Hurricanes.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

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