It's All in the Royal Family as the Windsors Wish Their Queen a Glorious 59th

updated 07/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The skeletons have really been rattling in the royal closets of late, what with that nasty feud between the Princess of Wales and her sister-in-law, Princess Anne—not to mention the startling revelation that Princess Michael of Kent's late father was indeed a member of Hitler's SS. Yet all seemed sweetness and light and togetherness when the royal family turned out June 15 for the Trooping the Colour, marking Queen Elizabeth's 59th official birthday celebration (her actual birthdate is April 21, but it's traditionally celebrated in June because the weather is better).

Four generations of Windsors crowded the balcony at Buckingham Palace to wave to a cheering crowd of 25,000. Each year the Queen wears the color of a different regiment, and this time she donned the scarlet uniform of the Coldstream Guards. Mounted on her 23-year-old mare, Burmese, the Queen rode from the palace to the Horse Guards parade grounds and there solemnly reviewed some 1,600 officers. As she left, a member of her Household Cavalry was injured (though not seriously) when his horse reared and fell on him—all out of Elizabeth's range. Then the Queen headed back to the palace, joining other family members on the balcony in time for an airborne salute from the Royal Air Force's aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.

From Our Partners