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Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Beacons lit across Northern Ireland to mark end of Thursday celebrations - as it happened

Beacons have lit up the skies across Northern Ireland to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Titanic Belfast, St Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry, Slieve Donard's peak and Enniskillen - as the UK's most westerly town - are just four of the locations that took part in the festivities after 9pm.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour while Prince Louis isn't so sure about the flypast... (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour while Prince Louis isn't so sure about the flypast... (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Members of the Household division take part in the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards on June 02, 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 Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Members of the Household division take part in the Trooping the Colour parade at Horse Guards on June 02, 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 Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Members of the public walk along the Mall ahead of a flypast to celebrate the first day of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, on June 02, 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 Leon Neal/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Members of the public walk along the Mall ahead of a flypast to celebrate the first day of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, on June 02, 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 Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. 



Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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A 42-gun salute goes off at Hillsborough Castle as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations got under way in Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A 42-gun salute goes off at Hillsborough Castle as the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations got under way in Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. 

The Secretary of State presents Platinum Jubilee medals to local members of the Armed Forces and Civilian Guard.


Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. The Secretary of State presents Platinum Jubilee medals to local members of the Armed Forces and Civilian Guard. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. 

The Secretary of State presents Platinum Jubilee medals to local members of the Armed Forces and Civilian Guard.


Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. The Secretary of State presents Platinum Jubilee medals to local members of the Armed Forces and Civilian Guard. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. 

This special event, jointly hosted by the Secretary of State, Alderman Stephen Martin (Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council) and Brigadier James Senior CBE (38 (Irish) Brigade) took place among the thousands of delighted guests at Hillsborough Castle’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden Party, which continues throughout the weekend.


Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 2nd June 2022 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland hosts celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Royal Hillsborough The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations got off to a spectacular start at Royal Hillsborough today as Secretary of State, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP welcomed guests to Hillsborough Castle for a Royal Gun Salute and Medal Parade. This special event, jointly hosted by the Secretary of State, Alderman Stephen Martin (Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council) and Brigadier James Senior CBE (38 (Irish) Brigade) took place among the thousands of delighted guests at Hillsborough Castle’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden Party, which continues throughout the weekend. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, central London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Alastair Grant/PA Wire)

(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, central London, after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Alastair Grant/PA Wire)

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Royal Air Force Typhoons create the shape of the number 70 as they fly in formation over the Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

Royal Air Force Typhoons create the shape of the number 70 as they fly in formation over the Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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Prince Louis pulls a face on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Prince Louis pulls a face on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today unveiled its royal-inspired models to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The overall number of bricks used was 18,001 and the models took a total of 281.5 hours to finish. The bricktastic display includes a Street Party and Picnic scene as well as miniature versions of the royals, the tree of trees and more.


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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today unveiled its royal-inspired models to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The overall number of bricks used was 18,001 and the models took a total of 281.5 hours to finish. The bricktastic display includes a Street Party and Picnic scene as well as miniature versions of the royals, the tree of trees and more. Handout - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE PLEASE CREDIT - J Hordle / INhouse images

Model Maker Paula Young places Her Majesty along with other members of the Royal Family in the Royal Balcony scene at Miniland for the Resort's Platinum Jubilee Display that was unveiled today. All members of the Royal family took 8 hours to build and are made up of over 200 LEGO Bricks. 



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Model Maker Paula Young places Her Majesty along with other members of the Royal Family in the Royal Balcony scene at Miniland for the Resort's Platinum Jubilee Display that was unveiled today. All members of the Royal family took 8 hours to build and are made up of over 200 LEGO Bricks. Handout - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE PLEASE CREDIT - J Hordle / INhouse images

Model Maker Paula Young places Her Majesty along with other members of the Royal Family in the Royal Balcony scene at Miniland for the Resort's Platinum Jubilee Display that was unveiled today. All members of the Royal family took 8 hours to build and are made up of over 200 LEGO Bricks. 



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Model Maker Paula Young places Her Majesty along with other members of the Royal Family in the Royal Balcony scene at Miniland for the Resort's Platinum Jubilee Display that was unveiled today. All members of the Royal family took 8 hours to build and are made up of over 200 LEGO Bricks. Handout - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE PLEASE CREDIT - J Hordle / INhouse images

Model Maker Freya Groom places one of the nine Red Arrow LEGO models that make up part of the Platinum Jubilee display unveiled at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today. The Red Arrow scene took one model maker 33 hours to build and includes an animated smoke effect to bring the scene to life. Each plane is 7.5 cm x 30 cm and has a wingspan of 21.5cm and is made up of 206 bricks.



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Model Maker Freya Groom places one of the nine Red Arrow LEGO models that make up part of the Platinum Jubilee display unveiled at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today. The Red Arrow scene took one model maker 33 hours to build and includes an animated smoke effect to bring the scene to life. Each plane is 7.5 cm x 30 cm and has a wingspan of 21.5cm and is made up of 206 bricks. Handout - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE PLEASE CREDIT - J Hordle / INhouse images

Nine Red Arrow LEGO models that make up part of the Platinum Jubilee display unveiled at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today. The Red Arrow scene took one model maker 33 hours to build and includes an animated smoke effect to bring the scene to life. Each plane is 7.5 cm x 30 cm and has a wingspan of 21.5cm and is made up of 206 bricks.



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Nine Red Arrow LEGO models that make up part of the Platinum Jubilee display unveiled at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort today. The Red Arrow scene took one model maker 33 hours to build and includes an animated smoke effect to bring the scene to life. Each plane is 7.5 cm x 30 cm and has a wingspan of 21.5cm and is made up of 206 bricks. Handout - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE PLEASE CREDIT - J Hordle / INhouse images

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02:  (L-R) Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace watch the RAF flypast during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 02, 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 Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: (L-R) Prince Louis of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace watch the RAF flypast during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 02, 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 Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Crowds fill The Mall around Buckingham Palace in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee flypast on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Crowds fill The Mall around Buckingham Palace in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee flypast on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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Fighter jets from the RAF fly in formation to form the number '70' duing a special flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Paul Ellis/PA Wire)

Fighter jets from the RAF fly in formation to form the number '70' duing a special flypast following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Paul Ellis/PA Wire)

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Crowds on the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace, following the Trooping of the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Crowds on the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace, following the Trooping of the Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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(Left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex.  (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

(Left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent watching from the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent watching from the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

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The Red Arrows perform a play past along the Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

The Red Arrows perform a play past along the Mall on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Mia Grace Tindall and Princess Beatrice watch the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

Prince George, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, Mia Grace Tindall and Princess Beatrice watch the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Matt Dunham/PA Wire)

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Members of the Household Cavalry march during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

Members of the Household Cavalry march during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Toby Melville/PA Wire)

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The Union flag flutters during the Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff's Roald Dahl Plass to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

The Union flag flutters during the Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff's Roald Dahl Plass to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

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The 105th Regiment Royal Artillery, The Scottish and Ulster Gunners during the Royal Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

The 105th Regiment Royal Artillery, The Scottish and Ulster Gunners during the Royal Gun Salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

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The mascot Irish wolfhound dog of the Irish Guards, a regiment of the Household Division Foot Guards, walks with its handler during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  (Adrian Dennis/PA Wire)

The mascot Irish wolfhound dog of the Irish Guards, a regiment of the Household Division Foot Guards, walks with its handler during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Adrian Dennis/PA Wire)

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Military personnel and dignitaries during the Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff's Roald Dahl Plass to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

Military personnel and dignitaries during the Royal Gun Salute in Cardiff's Roald Dahl Plass to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebratory weekend. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

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The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

The Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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The King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery take part in the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

The King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery take part in the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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The Duchess of Cornwall (left), Duchess of Cambridge (centre) and Princess Charlotte leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cornwall (left), Duchess of Cambridge (centre) and Princess Charlotte leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Chris Jackson/PA Wire)

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Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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Looking down the Mall during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Paul Ellis/PA Wire)

Looking down the Mall during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Paul Ellis/PA Wire)

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Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Crowds on The Mall ahead the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

The Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge ride in a carriage as the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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Scenes on The Mall as the Royal Procession prepares to leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Scenes on The Mall as the Royal Procession prepares to leave Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

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The Prince of Wales takes part in the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

The Prince of Wales takes part in the Royal Procession leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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The Princess Royal leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

The Princess Royal leaves Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

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The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

The Duke of Cambridge takes part in the Royal Procession ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

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An Irish wolfhound leads as Guards march along The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

An Irish wolfhound leads as Guards march along The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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The Queen's guards march during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)

The Queen's guards march during the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, central London, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. (Jeff J Mitchell/PA Wire)

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour while Prince Louis isn't so sure about the flypast... (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The celebrations officially began in Northern Ireland earlier today when a 42-gun salute went off at Hillsborough Castle.

In Windsor, The Queen symbolically led the lighting of the principal Platinum Jubilee beacon.

However, she will miss the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday "with great reluctance" after experiencing "some discomfort" during today's celebrations, Buckingham Palace said.

Meanwhile, former First Ministers Arlene Foster and Paul Givan were also quick to praise Michelle O'Neill for writing to the Queen to congratulate her on the landmark occasion.

The newly named Dame Arlene Foster told BBC Radio Ulster: "Obviously, I very much welcome it."

Here's how the day unfolded:

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