A flypast featuring Red Arrows, Typhoon jets and a Lancaster bomber was the grand finale at an eventful Trooping the Colour today. 

Four generations of the royal family gathered on Buckingham Palace's balcony to watch the traditional flypast which featured modern Typhoon jets and also aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - an iconic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber.

The day had an unusual start as a fox made a star appearance at the ceremony just after 10am.

As crowds waited for the start of the Trooping the Colour ceremony they were amazed to see a fox dart out from under the stands and run onto Horse Guards Parade in central London.

The animal then made its way across the parade ground as it searched for a way into nearby St James's Park.

The day had an unusual start as a fox made a star appearance at the ceremony just after 10am.

As crowds waited for the start of the Trooping the Colour ceremony they were amazed to see a fox dart out from under the stands and run onto Horse Guards Parade in central London.

The animal then made its way across the parade ground as it searched for a way into nearby St James's Park.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex at 2018 Trooping The Colour

The Duchess of Sussex experienced all the pomp and pageantry for the first time, alongside her husband. 

Meghan, who is attending the royal event for the first time, and Harry were joined by the Duke of Kent.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall led the carriage procession travelling together in a coach.

The crowds in the Mall cheered as Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, the Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise travelled past in the third carriage.

The Queen also received a rousing cheer from the crowds in the Mall as her procession went past.

Trooping of the Colour
The Coldstream Guards. Credit: MoD

The Coldstream Guards trooped their colour infront of the Royal family and 7,500 spectators on London's iconic Horse Guards Parade. 

All the Royal Colonels accompanied Her Majesty on the parade, with The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal riding on horseback. The Duke of York also rode for the first time in his new capacity as the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

For many of the soldiers it was their first Queen's Birthday Parade. Fresh from recent exercises in Dartmoor the battalion recently went through a rigorous process to select and train elite soldiers for its specialist platoons.

Later this year they will deploy to Kenya on exercise and to the Falkland Islands on duty.  In 2020 they are also expected to deploy to Iraq to train local security forces.

Lord Guthrie
Field Marshal Lord Guthrie surrounded by medics. Credit: PA

After the ceremony, a former head of the armed forces was thrown off his horse.

Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank was "receiving medical attention" following the incident, the MoD said.

The 79-year-old could be seen lying on the ground and surrounded by police officers after the fall which took place near the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

Pictures show Lord Guthrie on the ground, as officers rush to his aid while another officer leads his horse away.

Former SAS commander Lord Guthrie was head of the British Army until 1997 and then Chief of Defence Staff until 2001.

Elsewhere, Scotland Yard said that a woman has been arrested after an object was thrown at the Trooping the Colour procession.

A spokesman said: "A 51-year-old woman was arrested for a public order offence after an item was thrown towards a procession at the Trooping the Colour."

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