PICS: Prince George and Princess Charlotte steal the spotlight at royal event


London — Queen Elizabeth II and senior royals have marked her official birthday in the annual Trooping the Colour celebration.

1 400 troops, 400 musicians and 200 horses march from Buckingham Palace down The Mall to the Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall and return to Buckingham Palace to salute the Queen.

The 91-year-old monarch was greeted Saturday by hundreds of well-wishers on a sunny day in the heart of ceremonial London. She rode with her husband Prince Philip in an open carriage in the procession along Horse Guards Parade.

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Prince William and Prince Charles were on horseback. William’s wife Kate and Charles’ wife Camilla were in a carriage with Prince Harry.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined the family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch 29 aircraft fly over the palace. 

The young royals were delighted by the air show. 

The queen traditionally celebrates her official birthday in June when the weather can be balmy rather than in April, the month of her actual birth.

The day began on a sombre note when Elizabeth and Philip observed a minute of silence in honour of the victims of the horrific London apartment tower fire.

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(Photos: Getty Images/AP)

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