After taking part in the Trooping of the Colour on horseback today, King Charles watched a military flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, making history as the first monarch to do so in more than 30 years.
Watch the aircraft fly over Buckingham Palace here:
Today’s Trooping the Colour ceremony included a six-minute military flypast including over 70 aircraft from the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force. The planes departed from 15 different locations throughout the UK before coming together in the southeast of England to fly above London.
To commemorate the King’s formal birthday today, members of the Royal family, including King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Anne, Princess Royal, appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Kate prompted Prince George to wave to the throng as the aircraft blasted overhead, and she combed Prince Louis’ hair back and motioned for him to turn and face the audience.
The family came to see a military flypast over Buckingham Palace in which 18 aircraft formed the letters CR—for Charles Rex—as they flew by as a surprise for the King. The Red Arrows’ precision formation flying in a smoke trail of red, white, and blue over the capital served as the show’s grand conclusion.
A Twitter user commented, “Congratulations to our wonderful Royal Air Force, wonderful Fly Past, amazing skill of the Typhoon pilots, brilliant,” while another said, “The Royal Air Force completely nailed it. They did perfectly and this little surprise was brilliant.”
A third user posted, “Saluting the stars of the Royal Air Force on their honors! A proud moment for all of us. Your valor and dedication to serving our country inspires us. Keep soaring high!”