01:53AM, Monday 27 February 2012
A spectacular tribute will be layed on by members of the armed forces in Windsor to mark The Queen's diamond jubilee.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed plans for a parade and muster on Saturday, May 19 to honour her 60th year reign.
Nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and town before The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
They will then muster in the castle's grounds for an event before an audience of more than 3,000 armed forces personnel, their families, and veterans.
Celebrations will be concluded with a tri-service fly-past of present and historic aircraft above Windsor.
MOD Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards, said: "It is an opportunity to highlight the unique relationship The Queen has with the men and women of the armed forces and of the role she fills in our lives."
The event will be the first time all three services have visited the now head of state at the same time, and will be broadcasted live by the BBC.
The custom of the armed forces paying tribute to the monarch during a jubilee year is a long established tradition.
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