Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

By Lianne Kolirin, Kathryn Snowdon and Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN

Updated 12:33 p.m. ET, June 2, 2022
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8:27 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

France's Emmanuel Macron sends video message in English to the Queen

From CNN's Lindsay Isacc and Lianne Kolirin

French President Emmanuel Macron has recorded a video message in English for the Queen, who he described as a "constant presence" and a "source of wisdom."

With the French and European Union flags in the background, Macron extended his "most sincere" congratulations on behalf of France to the British monarch on her Platinum Jubilee.

In a statement posted on social media Thursday, Macron said the Queen is "our friend, our close ally, our example of service to others."

"To celebrate you today is to celebrate the sincere and deep friendship that unites our two countries and your dedication to serving it," he said in the statement which was accompanied by French subtitles. 

The Queen, he said, is the "golden thread" that has bound the UK and France during her 70-year reign, during which his country "has relied on very few constants" on an international level. 

"Times have changed. Europe has evolved. Our continent is again experiencing war. Throughout these transformations, your devotion to our alliance and to our friendship has remained, and has helped build the trust that brought freedom and prosperity to our continent."

He continued: "Your first toast to one of my predecessors, René Coty, reminded us that 'trust and understanding should endure forever.' Your words were matched by a lifetime of devotion to our alliance."

"This year, the seventieth of your reign, we celebrate your achievements. We are grateful for your courage and we share the respect and love that the British people and Commonwealth have always shown you," he added.

10:18 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Flypast over Buckingham Palace a soaring success

Spectators watch the RAF flypast on The Mall after the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2 in London.
Spectators watch the RAF flypast on The Mall after the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2 in London. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

The royal family gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch the 70-aircraft flypast soar above central London.

Crowds of flag-waving royal-watchers gathered below as the Queen, wearing sunglasses, watched on flanked by her family. To her right stood her eldest son Prince Charles, together with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. Meanwhile, on her left were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Also present are the Queen's children Edward and Anne, as well as a number of other relatives. The Sussexes, who were at the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade earlier but not seen, are not joining the royals on the balcony as the Queen decided last month that only royals carrying out official duties will be included.

Seventy aircraft, including the iconic Red Arrows and historic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, put on the spectacular air show over London to mark the occasion.

Among the aircraft taking to the skies were Spitfires, Chinooks, Pumas and Apaches, some of which flew in formation marking out the number 70.

Aircrafts perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace on June 2.
Aircrafts perform a flypast over Buckingham Palace on June 2. (Toby Hancock/CNN)

8:51 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Gun salute in London's Hyde Park

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during an 82 gun salute to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee in Hyde Park, London, on June 2.
Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during an 82 gun salute to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee in Hyde Park, London, on June 2. (David Cliff/AP)

The King's Troop Horse Artillery has fired an 82 gun-salute in Hyde Park moments before the Royal Family appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

9:08 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Royal family appear on Buckingham Palace balcony

Members of the royal family turns their eyes to the skies for the finale flypast at the end of the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on June 2.
Members of the royal family turns their eyes to the skies for the finale flypast at the end of the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on June 2. (Aaron Chown/Pool/AP)

The Queen has emerged onto the Buckingham Palace balcony once more. This time she's joined by more family members for an appearance in front of thousands of roaring well-wishers who have been allowed to stream down The Mall towards the palace.

Alongside the Queen are three of her children, Charles, Edward and Anne, Prince William and Catherine and their children, as well as a number of other relatives.

The Sussexes, who were at the ceremony at Horse Guards Parade earlier but not seen, are not joining the royals on the balcony as the Queen decided last month that only royals carrying out official duties��will be included.

Watch here:

7:52 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Australia to light up iconic buildings in purple to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

From CNN's Kathleen Magramo

Australia will host a series of celebrations this week to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

More than 80 iconic landmarks and buildings across the country will be illuminated in royal purple, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Government House.

Canberra will hold an official event to light up the Australian Platinum Jubilee Beacon on the shore of the Australian capital’s Lake Burley Griffin. 

Over in Sydney, a seven-minute light show will be displayed on Thursday night to recognize the seven decades of the Queen’s reign.

"The Vivid Sydney '7 Minutes for 7 Decades' includes synchronized lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park, buildings around Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Ferries in royal purple," tourism minister Stuart Ayres said in a statement.

Aircraft from the Australian Air Force's No.100 Squadron and Central Flying School will also conduct a flypast and aerial display over Aspen Island in Canberra.

Australia retains the British monarch as its head of state, though the monarchy has very little actual power in Australia – Queen Elizabeth’s role is almost entirely symbolic.

7:44 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

The Queen is an inspiration to Americans, Blinken says

From CNN's Kathleen Magramo

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in January 2021.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in January 2021. (Carlos Barria/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that the Queen's "unprecedented 70 years of service to the United Kingdom are an inspiration to Americans."

"Through our special relationship, common history, and shared values, we work together to uphold democracy, human rights, and the rule of law worldwide. Our countries collaborate closely on virtually every significant challenge and opportunity the world over precisely because we have no closer partner," Blinken said in a press statement.

Blinken called the jubilee a "historic and joyous occasion," and sent his "heartfelt wishes for peace, prosperity, and good health to Her Majesty and all the people across the United Kingdom."

"On behalf of the United States of America, I congratulate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the United Kingdom on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and official birthday," he said.
7:32 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Former US President Barack Obama pays tribute to the Queen in heartfelt video message

From CNN's Lianne Kolirin

Former US President Barack Obama has recorded a heartfelt video message in which he said the Queen reminded him of his grandmother.

Wearing a suit and tie, Obama recalled his personal memories of meeting the Queen. The clip, broadcast on the BBC, lasts for one minute and 39 seconds.

He said: "When you are President of the United States you meet a lot of remarkable people and you try, under all circumstances, to maintain your composure. But that’s harder than you think when you are visiting Her Majesty.

"Before I took office Michelle and I hadn’t been to too many palaces so we weren’t sure what to expect on our first trip to Buckingham. But we shouldn't have been worried. 

"Her Majesty put us at ease with her grace and generosity, so much so that I walked away thinking she actually reminded me a little bit of my grandmother and in the years since I would like to think Her Majesty and I have formed a special relationship of our own. 

"Certainly I can say that getting to know her was one of the great privileges of my years in office and I learned so much from seeing the example she set for all of us who had the privilege to serve.

"Your Majesty, it would be an understatement to say the world has changed a bit in the seven decades since you first came to power but your character never has. 

"Your steadfast stewardship of one of our most important democracies has made the world safer and more prosperous through war and peace, times of adversity and times of prosperity. 

"Your life has been a gift, not just to the United Kingdom, but to the world and it is with gratitude for your leadership and the kindness that you’ve shown me and my family that I say may the light of your crown continue to reign supreme."

7:59 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Queen makes first jubilee appearance

From CNN's Max Foster and Lauren Said-Moorhouse in London

Queen Elizabeth II watches from the Buckingham Palace balcony as the Trooping the Colour draws to a close in London on June 2.
Queen Elizabeth II watches from the Buckingham Palace balcony as the Trooping the Colour draws to a close in London on June 2. (Jonathan Brady/Pool/AP)

The Queen has appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to receive a salute as soldiers and officers return from Horse Guards Parade following the conclusion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony.

Dressed in an Angela Kelly ensemble and matching hat, she is watching the troops march past with a walking stick in hand. She is accompanied by her cousin, the Duke of Kent.

The monarch has opted to wear a dusky dove blue Charmelaine wool dress embellished with pearl and diamante trim around the neckline and cascading down the front of the coat. It's the same outfit she was photographed in for a new official portrait released by Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

She is also wearing the Guards’ Badge.

The Duke of Kent is Colonel of The Scots Guards and is wearing a Scots Guards Tunic and Forage Cap with Garter Sash, adorned with numerous medals and decorations.

Watch the moment here:

7:56 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Trooping ceremony wraps up at Horse Guards

Members of the Household Division Foot Guards' bands march back along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in London on June 2.
Members of the Household Division Foot Guards' bands march back along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace in London on June 2. (Paul Ellis/Pool/AP)

The ceremony at Horse Guards Parade is now drawing to a close as Prince Charles takes the final salute on behalf of his mother, the Queen. The troops will now return to Buckingham Palace.

Several senior royals are now making their way back up The Mall in carriages, waving to the crowds on this gloriously sunny day here in London.