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Pictures: Trooping the Colour ceremony

The best pictures from the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
The event is held every year to mark the Queen's official birthday.
The Queen in her carriage during Trooping the Colour
The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage with the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge
Prince William joined more than 1,000 soldiers and horses for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade.
Prince William at Trooping the Colour
Big crowds lined the route of the parade in central London.
Crowd watching Trooping the Colour
The display of pomp and pageantry comes from traditional preparations for battle. Colours were carried or "trooped" down the rank so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.
Foot Guards march to the Horse Guards Parade, as part of the Trooping the Colour parade, in London
Guards marched along The Mall towards Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Guards march down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony
Thousands of people lined the streets of central London for the event, while others found a more novel way to watch proceedings in Horse Guards Parade.
Members of the public watch from windows during Trooping the Colour, in Horse Guards Parade, London
Following a 41-gun salute, fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, the royals gathered on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch an RAF flypast and a display by the Red Arrows.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace
The Queen celebrated her actual birthday on 21 April, when she turned 87, but today's ceremony marked her official birthday - which is always in June.
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the Household Cavalry during the Colour at Horse Guards Parade