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Plenty of Pomp as London Celebrates Queen's 88th Birthday

Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress marched in the annual "Trooping the Color" parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

. Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides down The Mall as she returns to Buckingham Palace in the annual "Trooping the Color" ceremony to celebrate her official birthday in London on June 14. The queen and her husband Prince Philip rode in a vintage horse-drawn carriage from Buckingham Palace, inspecting more than 1,000 soldiers in a traditional display of pomp and pageantry. The queen turned 88 on April 21, her actual birth date, which is usually celebrated in private. Toby Melville / Reuters

. Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace during the "Trooping The Color" ceremony. The ceremony has its origins in traditional preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see. Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

. Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

. Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. Luke Macgregor / Reuters

. From left, Prince Harry, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, travel by carriage. Julian Parker / Getty Images Contributor

. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, salutes during the parade. Chris Jackson / Getty Images

. An E-3D, or AWACS, flanked by two HS 125s, flies over Buckingham Palace as part of the "Trooping the Color." Matt Cardy / Getty Images