These Are 20 Of The Best Royal Family Balcony Moments Of All Time

They've been smiling and waving since 1851.

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by Lydia Spencer-Elliott |

Every year in June to Celebrate the Queen's Birthday, the royal family stand out on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch the Trooping the Colour ceremony. There are soldiers on horseback and RAF planes doing aerobatics overhead. Yet, despite the spectacle, it's still hard to take your eyes off the country's most famous family as they huddle together for the event.

Queen Victoria started the balcony appearance tradition way back in 1851 and since then there have been many memorable moments during the Royal Family's public appearance. From Kate and William's newlywed kiss to the Queen's coronation, these are our favourite snaps from the age-old British ritual...

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The future Queen Elizabeth II waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, with her younger sister Margaret and her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary, on the occasion of their Silver Jubilee, 6th May 1935.

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A photograph of the British Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, taken by an unknown photographer in May, 1937, following the Coronation of George VI . King George VI (1895-1952) and Queen Elizabeth (1900-2002) are shown in the crowns and robes worn during the Coronation. The young Princesses Elizabeth (1926-) and Margaret (1930-2002) stand happily in front of their parents, enjoying the big day.

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Prime Minister Winston Churchill appears on the balcony at Buckingham Palace together with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses on the afternoon of V-E Day, May 8, 1945.

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Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, and Prince Philip, with members of the royal family, wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation.

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Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after her Coronation ceremony with (left to right); Prince Charles, Princess Anne and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony at Buckingham Palace after her coronation. With her are (left to right) : Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

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Earl Snowdon and Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) (centre) on the balcony at Buckingham Palace with members of the immediate and extended British Monarchy after their wedding.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip with their baby son, Prince Edward on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping of the Colour, London, 13th June 1964.

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Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Earl Mountbatten (1900 - 1979) and the Duke of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during her Silver Jubilee.

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Prince Charles And Princess Diana Kissing On The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace On Their Wedding Day. (l To R) Lord Nicholas Windsor, Edward Van Cutsem, Sarah Jane Gaselee, Catherine Cameron, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Clementine Hambro And Queen Elizabeth II.

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Princess Diana laughing along with Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour.

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Princess Margaret, Prince Harry, Princess Alexandra, Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 17, 1989.

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The Princess of Wales, The Queen and Queen Mother with other members of the Royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour, June 1992. The group includes, right, the children of Prince Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor.

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Queen Elizabeth II watches the RAF flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace with (L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Eugenie, Prince William, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, David, Viscount Linley and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, during Trooping the Colour celebrations on June 16, 2007

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Prince William and Kate Middleton kiss on the balcony after their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry wave to the crowds from Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee carriage procession after the service of thanksgiving at St.Paul's Cathedral on the Mall on June 5, 2012.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry, James, Viscount Severn and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018.

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