Trooping the Colour LIVE: William and Charles in spotlight as Queen breaks with tradition

Jubilee: Soldiers perform final rehearsal for Trooping the Colour

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Rather than taking part in the Trooping the Colour procession, the Queen will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles, joined by Prince William and Princess Anne, will take the royal salute on behalf of the Queen.

This is the first time the Queen has missed out on the gesture in her entire reign, and the first time Prince Charles has stood in for the monarch on the parade ground.

The Queen will appear on the balcony alongside her cousin, the Duke of Kent, the palace confirmed Wednesday.

This comes amid mounting concern over the monarch’s health, who is said to be suffering from “episodic mobility issues”.

The 96-year-old monarch will take a salute from the cavalry as they go past Buckingham Palace on their return from the parade.

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Crowds are gathering on The Mall ahead of Trooping the Colour

Crowds have begun gathering on The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade. 

Many royal watchers can be seen wearing Jubilee themed costumes, while others are waving union jack flags. 

How to watch Trooping of the Colour: What time does Trooping of the Colour start?

Starting off the celebrations will be the Trooping of the Colour, which takes place at Horseguards Parade today (Thursday, June 2) at 10am.

You can watch the Trooping of the Colour on BBC One from 10am with the broadcaster airing live coverage from the event.

The Trooping of the Colour can either be watched on TV or live via the BBC iPlayer, which allows you to watch on various devices including mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

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