Pomp and pageantry: A look at the Queen's 3-day birthday extravaganza
You only turn 90 once — unless you're the Queen
CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2016 1:18 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 11, 2016 5:17 PM ET
When you're the Queen, you celebrate in style.
Queen Elizabeth II's official 90th birthday festivities this weekend included three full days of street parties, horse-drawn carriages, flying jets, a big church ceremony attended by the who's who of Britain's elite, a massive military parade and, of course, an eye-popping selection of fabulous outfits.
Her Majesty actually turned 90 on April 21, but official celebrations are held in June, a long-standing tradition because the weather is better. Here's a look at the pomp and pageantry on display in London.
Get her to the church on time
Before the razzle-dazzle of air shows and parades, the birthday bash kicked off with some prayer and reflection during the national service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral on Friday, which also marked Prince Philip's 95th birthday.
Fans line up
There were also plenty of fans and onlookers waiting outside the cathedral to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty.
Balcony seats to the air show
What's a royal party without a royal air show? Of course, the Queen and her family had the best seats in the house, gathering on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Saturday to watch a fly-past of Royal Air Force jets and planes from the Second World War.
Trooping the Colour
Also Saturday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip travelled via horse-drawn carriage to Horse Guards Parade near Whitehall for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
The massive military parade featured thousands of onlookers, hundreds of horses and 1,500 guardsmen in full military garb.
Too hot to handle
One guardsman became overwhelmed in his stuffy uniform at the Horseguards Parade and collapsed in the balmy 22 C heat.
He was actually the second soldier to collapse during the birthday weekend, though Britain's defence ministry says the first man has since fully recovered.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the fainting soldier as RAF. In fact, he is a member of the Coldstream Guards.