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Queen Elizabeth Waves and Smiles on Balcony in Poignant End to Jubilee Celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II joins the Royal Family on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5.

Queen Elizabeth II joins the Royal Family on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5.

Photographer: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Just four years shy of her 100th birthday, the Jubilee Queen rallied to bring her historic Platinum celebrations to a close with a brief final balcony appearance.

It was a moment for the history books, filled with poignancy, as the frail one-of-a-kind monarch, resplendent in vivid green, stepped out at Buckingham Palace to bid farewell to the vast crowds.