People camped out overnight to get a prime spot (Picture: PA/EPA)

Thousands of people have descended onto the Mall to secure a prime spot as the Platinum Jubilee celebrations kick off with the Trooping the Colour.

Royal superfans dressed up in red, white and blue to watch the Queen’s historic birthday parade, which kicks off at 10am.

Crowds popped open the bubbly and began singing God Save the Queen as early as 8am today.

But the true hardcore fans were those who slept in chairs, tents and even on the pavement overnight.

Royal fans will be able to watch the Trooping the Colour from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace.

Royal fans line the Mall as they wait for the trooping of the colour (Picture: AP)

Some people camped overnight to get the best spot (Picture: PA)

People dressed up in the colours of the Union Jack (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Fans were heard singing and cracking open the bubbly (Picture: Reuters)

The military ceremony – which has been used to mark a British Monarch’s official birthday for 260 years – will be carried out by 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

The soldiers on parade are servicemen trained to fight but they have spent months perfecting their ceremonial duties which will be on display for all to see, especially the Queen, who is head of the armed forces.

Hundreds of horses and military musicians will be involved in the procession, in which members of the Royal Family will travel on horseback and in carriages down the famous street to Horse Guards Parade, where the ceremony takes place.

The Prince of Wales deputise for the Queen, taking the salute and inspecting the troops as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex join the Duchess of Cambridge and other royals to watch the spectacle.

After the ceremony, the Queen will acknowledge the salute of the returning Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Buckingham Palace’s balcony before she later joins working royals on the balcony to watch the traditional fly-past of aircraft.

Crowds near Trafalgar Square ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade (Picture: PA)

Hundreds of horses and military musicians will be involved in the procession (Picture: Karwai Tang)

Spirits were high among the crowds as members of the public chatted and joked with police maintaining the perimeter as they waited for the event to start.

Several handmade signs hung over the barriers, with one simply saying, ‘thank you’.

Fans across the country who aren’t lucky enough to have a space along the Mall can watch events unfold on huge screens in nearby St James Park, or in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh or Bute Park in Cardiff.

Tonight, more than 3,000 beacons will be set ablaze across the UK and the Commonwealth in tribute to the Queen, who will lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon in a special ceremony at Windsor Castle that evening.

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