Queen smiles as she steps onto balcony to watch troops walk past

The Queen has been spotted for the first time at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations as she steps out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

She watched the cavalry on their return to the palace after marching at Trooping the Colour to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday.

The Royal Standard flag has now been raised at the palace to indicate the Queen is in residence.

The ceremony takes place annually and has done for more than 260 years – but this year’s parade was extra special to mark the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards, and more than 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division put on a display of military pageantry on Horse Guards Parade – joined by furry mascot Seamus.

Her first appearance is ahead of the traditional Royal Family balcony photo – one of the most anticipated moments of the Bank Holiday weekend so far.

But Prince Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew are not expected to appear after the Queen limited the line-up to working royals only.