Prince Charles greets crowd outside Buckingham Palace

STORY: Charles shook hands with well wishers who were gathered for the first day of celebrations marking his mother Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne.

A few minutes beforehand, Charles, 73, and other senior royals joined the queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Tens of thousands of royal supporters waving flags lined the streets of London for the military parade that marked the start of Platinum Jubilee events.

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