The British military parade begins with a celebration of the platinum anniversary

LONDON (AP) – Four days of celebrations in honor of the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne will begin on Thursday with a demonstration of British military traditions, ranging from the time of horses and guns to jet time.

The official celebrations on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee begin with the Trooping the Color, an annual military review that celebrates the official birthday of the Sovereign since 1760. The Queen is expected to join working family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the end of the event when 70 planes will roar overhead.

The anniversary is celebrated with a four-day holiday weekend. Celebrations of Elizabeth’s reign include Friday’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, a concert at Buckingham Palace on Saturday and a competition organized by thousands of performers from schools and community groups across the country on Sunday afternoon.

Over the weekend, district organizations and individuals are expected to hold thousands of street parties across the country, echoing a tradition that began with the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

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