What to expect on Day 2 of Platinum Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II appears twice on palace balcony as Platinum Jubilee party kicks off in London

With a familiar swirl of military color, precision and horsemanship, Britain kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

celebrations with the Trooping the Colour parade that saw the 96-year-old monarch appear

twice – for the first time in years on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Dressed in a pale blue coat dress and hat, holding a cane and wearing shaded glasses

the queen looked happy and well, and even chatted to one of her great-grandchildren as she stood on the balcony.

She appeared first with one of her royal cousins, the Duke of Kent

to take the salute of her troops, and then with her extended family of "working royals"

as 70 RAF jets roared overhead in the traditional end of the Trooping parade.