Queen Elizabeth II, came to the throne 70 years ago in 1952 and is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The Queen is the first British monarch to have a platinum Jubilee. The Queen and royals gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF fly past which included Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster, Voyager, and Red Arrows. The celebrations spanning over four days of events began with Trooping the Colour. Prince Charles wearing his scarlet Colonel of the Welsh Guards uniform and green Thistle sash, took the salute from Parading troops, standing in for the Queen. The Duchess of Cambridge, her three children, and the Duchess of Cornwall traveled down the Mall amid cheering crowds. Prince Harry and Meghan are watching the parade but they will not appear on the balcony. Later day 3, 500 beacons will be lit across the UK and in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.