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The Queen's 90th birthday marked with pomp and ceremony at Trooping the Colour

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11 June 2016
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Saturday marked the Queen's official birthday and this year was extra special as Her Majesty turned 90. The monarch attended the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in style – an event she has taken part in every year of her reign, except in 1955 when it was cancelled due to a national rail strike.

Looking as bold as ever, the Queen, who was attending her 64th parade, was the focus of all attention in a bright green coat and dress by Stewart Parvin.

She was supported by her husband Prince Philip, who travelled with his wife in The Queen's Carriage from Buckingham Palace. The 95-year-old Duke donned his bearskin cap and uniform of the Colonel Grenadier Guards.

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The Queen and Prince Philip were the last royals to leave in carriage from Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were the first members of the family to leave, riding in the Barouche carriage. Kate was resplendent in her Alexander McQueen coat, while Harry donned his Household Cavalry Number 1 ceremonial, with Forage Cap.

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Camilla, Kate and Prince Harry travelled in the Barouche carriage together

They were followed by Prince Andrew with his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in the second Barouche carriage, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex were joined by their young children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn in the Balmoral Landau carriage. Stylish Sophie wore a Pucci outfit and Jane Taylor hat.

Thousands of wellwishers cheered as the royals drove past them, down the Mall that was lined by Union Jacks.

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Thousands of wellwishers cheered as the royals drove past them on the Mall

Meanwhile, other members of the royal family rode on horseback. Prince William rode on a grey charger Wellesley, who he usually rides for the parade, while Prince Charles and Princess Anne rode on George and Elizabeth respectively.

Trooping the Colour takes place every year on a Saturday in June at Horse Guards Parade. The royals make their way down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, accompanied by more than 1,400 soldiers and 200 horses. Over 400 musicians from different bands and corps of drums all march and play as one.

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Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne took part in the parade on horseback

Steeped in tradition, the impressive display of pageantry involves the Queen inspecting the line of guards including her personal troops, the Household Division.

The colours, or flags, of the battalion are carried – in other words trooped – down the ranks. This year the Queen's Colour of the Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards is being trooped.

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Beatrice and Eugenie joined their father Prince Andrew

After, the royals rode back in their carriages to Buckingham Palace, via Whitehall. Members of the royal family headed up to the palace balcony so they could greet the Queen and Prince Philip as they pulled into the palace.

Shortly after one o'clock, the Queen and the royal family watched an RAF flypast from the balcony. Gun salutes were also fired in Green Park and other cities across the UK.

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