The Queen thrilled crowds gathered to watch the final day of festivities celebrating her record-breaking 70-year reign with a surprise appearance from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Thousands gathered to watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis looking on from the stands.

It was unclear whether the monarch, 96, would make an appearance at the extravaganza after ‘discomfort’ on Friday forced her to miss yesterday’s Epsom Derby Day and Party at the Palace.

But hopes were raised when the Royal Standard went up at around 4.30pm on Sunday, indicating she was home and might greet those in attendance.

And she didn’t disappoint, stepping onto the balcony accompanied by Charles, Camilla and the Cambridges after crowds filled The Mall outside the Palace gates.

Moments earlier, Ed Sheeran performed his song ‘Perfect’ as a tribute to Her Majesty and her late husband Prince Philip.

Thousands gathered to watch the spectacle mirroring scenes from Saturday night when The Mall was filled with people delighted by Queen’s appearance with Paddington Bear at the Party at the Palace, and entertained by stars like Sir Elton John and Alicia Keys.

Charles spoke about the camaraderie the Jubilee celebrations have fostered, telling revellers at The Big Lunch’s flagship event in London he hoped ‘bickering’ does not return after the feeling of ‘togetherness’ across the nation.

His sentiment was echoed by Pageant Master Adrian Evans, who has spent 18 months planning the £15 million event, featuring some 10,000 people including a cast of 6,000 performers.

Mr Evans told BBC News: ‘I hope at the end of the day people will feel a great sense of pride in what they’ve seen, enjoyment in what they’ve seen, humour and joy is an important part of what we’re doing today but also connected, that we are much more connected then we think we are.’

The pageant was split into four acts: For Queen And Country with a military parade; The Time Of Our Lives progressing through seven decades of culture, music and fashion; Let’s Celebrate telling the story of the Queen’s life in 12 chapters with corgi puppets and carnival creations; and the Happy And Glorious musical spectacle.

The Gold State Coach, featuring archive footage of the Queen beamed onto the windows, led the parade of military units and it seemed as if the monarch was sat in the carriage.

Later, celebrities travelled on decorated open top double-decker buses for the decade-by-decade celebrations.

Close to 200 national treasures then took to the stage to serenade the Queen by singing the national anthem at the grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee festivities.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is well and truly upon us.

Taking place from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, the celebrations mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts, and other special events attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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