Queen’s Jubilee to see RAF, Army and Navy take part in huge 70-plane flypast

The Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will take part in a huge 70-plane flypast for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Dozens of aircraft will complete the Queen’s birthday parade, soaring over Buckingham Palace on Thursday June 2, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Among them will be the Red Arrows as well as aircraft used by the UK Armed Forces on operations around the world.

The flypast will include three times the amount of aircraft than the number used in the Queen’s last birthday parade flypast, in central London in 2019.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “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 expertise, skill and talent of our Armed Forces as we celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.”

Helicopters from the Royal Navy, the Army and RAF, which have recently been used to respond to events in Kabul and Ukraine as well as the pandemic, will take part in the display.

There will also be highlights from throughout RAF history including aircraft from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Queen and members of the Royal Family will watch it from the palace balcony. It will follow the Queen’s birthday parade, known as Trooping The Colour.

For Trooping The Colour only working members of the family will appear on the balcony, meaning that Prince Andrew, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry miss out.

The Sussexes, along with their children Archie and Lilibet, have said that they will be attending the celebrations but it is yet to be announced which elements of the four-day Jubilee weekend they will be at.

Trooping The Colour is a huge display of pageantry involving 1,500 military personnel and 250 horses from the Army’s Household Division on Horse Guards Parade.

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