Britain celebrates Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee: Queen smiles as she watches from the balcony of the Palace.

Huge crowds converged on central London on Thursday for the start of four days of public events to mark Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee. 

At 96, the queen is celebrating 70 years on the throne — the most of any British royal, including her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. 

On Thursday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth appeared with family members on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color ceremony.

People pack the Mall as the British Royal family appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London. 

Spectators line the Mall as they wait for the Trooping the Color ceremony. The British Army's Household Division Foot Guards march during the queen's birthday parade. 

People celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at a street party in Colombia Road, Tower Hamlets, in London. A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II hangs in a shop window in Colchester, England. 

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