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Britain's royals turn out for queen's 88th birthday

Published on Jun 14, 2014 10:47 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's royals were out in force on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Saturday to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 88th birthday.

Some 32 members of the family joined the monarch to watch a military flypast over central London as part of her official birthday celebrations.

However, baby Prince George, whose first birthday is on July 22, was not among them, his parents Prince William and Catherine leaving him to wait a little longer for his first palace balcony appearance.

Earlier, on the Horse Guards Parade ground, senior royals watched the Trooping the Colour event, a lively ceremony that offers an annual dose of traditional British pageantry with soldiers in scarlet tunics and black bearskin hats marching in formation.

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