Queen Elizabeth II watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade in London on Thursday, June 2

For the first time in history, a British monarch is celebrating 70 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II was 25 years old when her reign began on February 6, 1952.

To mark the unprecedented anniversary, there are Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place across the country.

A four-day holiday weekend will include a variety of public events and community activities.

This will be the Queen's first jubilee without her husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.

People pack The Mall as the family arrives at the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday

The Queen walks out onto the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, waves during a carriage procession on Thursday. Joining her on the carriage were her three children.

Planes spell the number 70 as they fly over Buckingham Palace on Thursday

A 124-weapon salute is shot at the Tower of London as a feature of the Trooping the Color parade

The Trooping the Color occasion included 1,500 soldiers and officers, 400 musicians, 250 horses, and 70 aircraft, as per the UK Ministry of Defense

The Queen's Guard marches during the Trooping the Color parade Thursday.

The Queen is joined by individuals from the royal family in the Buckingham Palace balcony on Thursday

A few royal fans had Union flags applied to their faces as they accumulated along The Mall in London on Thursday

People sing the national anthem as they accumulate along The Mall on Thursday.