Queen greeted by joyous crowd after emerging on Buckingham Palace balcony

Her Majesty hadn't been seen in public since Thursday before her welcome appearance

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The Queen has been greeted by joyous fans after emerging on the Buckingham Palace balcony on the final day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Her Majesty appeared on the balcony, dressed in green, alongside the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Cambridge family.

Her balcony appearance, closing the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, lasted less than three minutes.

The Queen appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony
The Queen appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Her Majesty stepped out on the balcony with her family
Her Majesty stepped out on the balcony with her family

During that time the thousands of people on The Mall sang the National Anthem.

Shortly before her arrival on the balcony, the royal standard rose above the palace at around 4.31pm, meaning Her Majesty had arrived at the Palace from Windsor Castle.

Her appearance was a welcome relief for many after she was forced to pull out of two events over the bank holiday weekend.

On Thursday, Buckingham Palace said that Her Majesty would miss Friday's Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral after experiencing "some discomfort."

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen greatly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and flypast but did experience some discomfort.

“Taking into account the journey and activity required to participate in tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, with great reluctance, has concluded that she will not attend.

“The Queen is looking forward to participating in tonight’s beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle and would like to thank all those who made today such a memorable occasion.”

While the monarch also sat out yesterday's Epsom Derby, with the palace adding that she would watch the event on TV.