The Queen has arrived back at Windsor Castle ahead of her platinum anniversary this week.
The 96-year-old monarch was photographed at Aberdeen airport after staying at Balmoral, her Scottish property, for a few days before the festivities begin to mark 70 years of her reign.
She was then captured again by being driven into Windsor Castle.
The celebration takes place across a four-day public holiday starting on Thursday.
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Trooping The Color is the first event where thousands are expected in central London for the Queen’s Birthday Parade and the accompanying pomp and splendor.
The Queen will later appear on the palace balcony for a traditional RAF fly pass.
On Thursday night, 2,000 towns, villages and cities will light beacons while one is lit at Buckingham Palace at. 21.45.
Friday there will be a Thanksgiving service for the Queen in St Paul’s Cathedral.
There will be no ceremonial journey to the service, where Her Majesty chooses not to go up the steep stairs – by using an alternative entrance instead.
A reception will subsequently be held in the Guildhallen.
The Queen’s love for horses is well known, and on Saturday she’s going to Derby Day at Epsom Down’s Racecourse in Surrey.
The derby is the only one of the five flat races that the Queen has not won with one of her horses. She is to be greeted with an honor guard of up to 40 of her past and present jockeys.
Later that day, 22,000 people will attend the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace.
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A concert starts at 20 on Saturday and see the return of the rock band Queenwhose singer Brian May performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the previous party at the Palace in 2002.
Sir Elton John will be appearing in a pre-recorded performance where the stars will perform live including Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and Andrea Bocelli.
Duran Duran, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra will also be there, as well as Britain’s recent Eurovision star Sam Ryder.
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The anniversary celebration ends on Sunday afternoon with a big party parade in central London.
Along a 3km route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, an army of 10,000 volunteers, dancers, musicians and members of the military will tell the story of her 70-year reign.
About 150 “national treasures” are participating, with names like Gary Lineker, Bill Bailey, Alan Titchmarsh, Sir Cliff Richard and Torvill and Dean.
The queen is expected to reappear on the palace balcony while the public and the assembled stars sing the national anthem, led by Ed Sheeran.