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Trooping the Colour marks Queen's official birthday

15 June 2013 Last updated at 15:08 BST

A spectacular Trooping the Colour ceremony in honour of the Queen's official birthday has taken place.

The Queen attended the annual parade but her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, missed the event as he remains in hospital recovering from surgery.

It ended with a 41-gun salute and RAF flypast, watched by the Royal Family from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

The Duchess of Cambridge also attended, making her final public appearance before the birth of her first child.

Nicholas Witchell reports.