The Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee celebrations will feature an extended royal flypast as dozens of aircraft from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army are set to take to the skies on Thursday 2nd June. According to the Ministry of Defence, more than 70 aircraft, including the Red Arrows, will fly over Buckingham Palace following The Queen’s birthday parade.
The Queen is expected to watch the flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony alongside other working members of The Royal Family. This line up will not include The Duke and Duchess of Sussex or The Duke of York.
Her Majesty The Queen is expected to be joined on the balcony by the following members of The Royal Family; The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. It is also believed that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as well as Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn will also join the balcony line up.
The flypast is set to include helicopters from the Royal Navy and Army as well as aircraft from the Royal Air Force after recently responding to events in Kabul, Ukraine and the Coronavirus pandemic.
A highlight of the flypast will be and always is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Lancaster Bomber, a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft. In 1953, for The Queen’s Coronation flypast, over 600 aircraft were involved.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace commented, “I’m proud that the Armed Forces are leading the nation in celebration with such a spectacular display. Throughout the Platinum Jubilee celebrations we will all enjoy the skill, expertise and talent of our Armed Forces as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.”
Other events planned for the Platinum Jubilee include a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace as well as a pageant through the streets of London.