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AIR TO THE THRONE; Flypast marks jubilee's start.

Byline: NICK OWENS

BRITAIN'S Armed forces put on a dazzling Diamond Jubilee parade yesterday to celebrate their special bond with the Queen.

In a display of pomp and ceremony watched by millions on TV, 2,500 Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force servicemen marched past her into Windsor Castle as 20,000 people lined the streets cheering and waving flags.

Inside, the parade passed within two metres of the Queen. She smiled broadly as troops, and spectators decked in red, white and blue, gave her three cheers to mark her 60-year reign. She was treated to a 78 aircraft fly-past, ending THE with the Red Arrows in an "E II R" formation.

Tributes were led by Defence Chief of Staff General Sir David Richards, who said: "For six decades, your devotion to duty, sense of honour, and pride in our country have set the standards to which your armed forces aspire."

The Queen said: "We are very proud of the selfless service, and sacrifices made by servicemen and women and their families."

The march was the first of this year's Jubilee events.

THE Royal Family is backed by 80% of Brits. A Mori poll of 1,006 adults shows only 13% per cent want a republic. The Midlands are most Royalist, with 89% support and only 9% backing abolition. Pollster Simon Atkinson said: "The Queen enters her Jubilee celebrations with support for the monarchy running at record levels."

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Some of the 2,500 troops who paraded Tucanos jets form the figure 60 during the fly-past Red Arrows Hawks fly over castle in E II R formation Ceremonial march-past in Windsor Castle's quadrangle Sir David Richards, the Queen and Prince Philip admire the fly-past
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 20, 2012
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