Queen Elizabeth Makes Surprise Appearance on Palace Balcony During Platinum Jubilee Finale

The monarch was joined by Charles, Camilla, William and his family in a moment that represents the future of the monarchy

Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance alongside her heirs as the much-anticipated Platinum Jubilee celebrations came to an end on Sunday.

After the Royal Standard was raised at Buckingham Palace, signaling the Queen had arrived, the monarch, 96, stepped out onto the balcony and took in the celebratory atmosphere.

She was joined by Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in a special moment that represented the future of the monarchy.

The national anthem, "God Save the Queen," played as the family sang along. Red, white and blue fireworks went off as George looked up at his great-granny and she looked back at him fondly.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge stand on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant on June 05, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince George, Prince William and Princess Charlotte. Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty

The Queen wore a vibrant green double crepe wool dress and coat (her go-to move so well-wishers can spot her bright ensemble from far away) by her dressmaker Stewart Parvin. She topped it off with a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and her bow brooch.

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The extravaganza event on the streets of London on Sunday afternoon saw the story of the Queen's 70-year reign depicted through each of the seven decades, combining street theatre, dance, circus and music and a 21-foot puppet dragon! Leading the musical tribute, Sheeran sang in honor of the Queen. Members of the royal family also took in the spectacle — including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis from the front row, sitting between their parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Alberto Pezzali/AP/Shutterstock

While the Queen joined her family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday to celebrate Trooping the Colour, she has been unable to participate in all the events to mark her 70 years on the throne due to mobility issues.

Crowds are seen on The Mall with Queen Elizabeth II shown on a screen during the singing of the National Anthem at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in front of Buckingham Palace, London, on day four of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Sunday June 5, 2022. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
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During a reception held at Guildhall by the former Lord Mayor on Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge told an attendee that the Queen was "fine" after a long day of Trooping the Colour.

"Yes, she [the Queen] was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday," Kate said, according to PA, adding that the monarch "had had a lovely, lovely time."

Although Queen Elizabeth did not attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday, she watched the horse race on TV. And on Saturday night, the Queen did not appear in person at the Platinum Party at the Palace, but she did kick off the event with a pre-recorded skit featuring none other than Paddington Bear!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Frank Augstein/AP/Shutterstock (12973387cg) Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony with the Royal family during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The pageant will be a carnival procession up The Mall featuring giant puppets and celebrities that will depict key moments from the Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades on the throne Platinum Jubilee, London, United Kingdom - 05 Jun 2022
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Frank Augstein/AP/Shutterstock

Sunday's military parade featured 2,750 soldiers from the U.K. Armed Forces alongside military personnel from across the Commonwealth was also a highlight of the event, as was the "River of Hope" procession, which saw students from across the U.K. unite to carry 200 silk flags featuring artwork that depicts children's hopes for the planet over the next 70 years.

The royal pageant is estimated to have cost up to $18 million to organize and is the Queen's fourth since she became monarch in February 1952 after the death of her father King George VI. The first royal pageant ever held was in honor of George III in 1809 to celebrate 50 years of his reign and included a grand fete and a firework display at Frogmore Cottage.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands beside Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and waves to the public as she appears on Buckingham Palace balcony at the end of the Platinum Pageant in London on June 5, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee celebrations. - The curtain comes down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee with a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne. (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth. HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP via Getty

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This unprecedented anniversary (Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee!) included four days of celebrations in the U.K. In addition to Trooping the Colour, the royals also attended a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral on Friday, the Derby horse race and a pop concert on Saturday.

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