Key moments from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Paddington and Prince Louis

Key moments from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Paddington and Prince Louis

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LONDON — Britain pulled out all the stops to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign. In the skies of Buckingham Palace, drones formed the shapes of floating teacups and giant corgis. On the ground, a parade featured 1,400 soldiers, hundreds of horses and a swarm of royal superfans.

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Sunday marks the end of a series of Platinum Jubilee celebrations during a four-day holiday, which also included street parties and picnics across the country. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments:

70 jets form ’70’ in sky in dramatic military flyby

The Royal Air Force ‘flypast’ formed number ’70’ over London during the Trooping the Color show on Thursday – much to the delight of some locals, who saw them roar above their homes, and of the Queen, who smiled as she watched.

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The Royal Air Force Red Arrows also performed during the Jubilee Celebration, leaving behind streaks of red, white and blue. Emotional crowd members told The Washington Post they wanted to thank the Queen for a lifetime of service.

Fighter jets were too loud for little Prince Louis

With eyes closed and hands firmly on his royal ears, Prince Louis let the world know that the flyover of Buckingham Palace in honor of his grandmother’s birthday was way too loud.

The Prince, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, appeared to let out a cry as the Queen beamed alongside him on the world-famous balcony.

And the 4-year-old prince didn’t stop there. He was also seen making funny faces, waving, waving at the crowd. The Times of London called him the “royal jester”, while The Sun could only find one, very British, word for his display: cheeky.

On social media, one viewer described Louis as “the face that started 1000 memes”, while others said he simply stole the show.

A ‘breathtaking’ light show above Buckingham Palace

A message saying “Thank You Madam” lit up the sky above Buckingham Palace on Saturday night as a star-studded concert of music unfolded. The drones also formed the shape of a giant corgi – the Queen’s favorite dog breed – and a huge floating teapot and teacup.

Various images were projected onto the Palace during the concert, known as the “Platinum Party at the Palace”, which featured artists including Alicia Keys, Queen and Diana Ross.

An estimated 11 million people watched from their homes on Saturday night, the BBC reported, while thousands more flooded the mall to watch the display, which was widely hailed as a “Amazing” tribute to the reign of the Queen.

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Heir to the throne Prince Charles paid tribute to his ‘mum’ and Prince William hailed his grandmother’s reign. “From time to time, this country succeeds”, tweeted Sky News reporter Mark Austin.

The Queen, Paddington Bear and ‘ma’amala’ sandwiches

The Queen sat down for tea with Paddington Bear at the palace and Britain went wild. Two British icons, at the same table, discussing a mutual love for marmalade – or should we say “my friend” — sandwiches. It was a comedy skit that surprised some viewers and showed how at 96 the monarch still has her sense of humor.

The Queen and Paddington Bear light up a rocking palace

The mystery of what the Queen keeps in her purse has finally been solved, as Elizabeth was filmed pulling a sandwich out of her purse in the sketch – before the pair went on to play the beat of the opening song “We Will Rock You” by Reine on their floral cups and saucers.

The famous golden horse-drawn carriage closes a huge street carnival

Among the final highlights of the four-day weekend, Britain’s famous Gold State Coach appeared on Sunday to close out celebrations for the Jubilee Pageant, which will serve as a carnival involving children and arts groups from local communities.

The elaborate coach, which is 24ft long and weighs four tonnes, is the third oldest surviving coach in the UK and features engraved lion heads, palm trees and cherubs on its roof.

It is rarely seen on the streets of London, but when it is, it is pulled by eight horses and moves at a walk.

William Booth, Karla Adam and Adela Suliman contributed to this report.

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