Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 96th birthday at her Sandringham property on Thursday as gun salutes rang out throughout London and Windsor and army bands performed Blissful Birthday.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch, who celebrates a historic Platinum Jubilee this yr, was pictured with two white ponies in a photograph launched for the event.
U.Okay. authorities ministers joined members of the royal household in sending their finest needs to the Queen, who has stepped again from most public duties this yr over issues about her well being.
She travelled from Windsor Citadel, west of London, to spend her birthday at her property in Sandringham, Norfolk.
In celebration of the monarch’s birthday, toymaker Mattel launched a commemorative Barbie doll of the Queen.
Wearing an ivory robe with a blue sash adorned with miniature medallions and ribbons, the determine additionally has a tiara based mostly on the one Elizabeth wore on her wedding ceremony day.
The doll will probably be bought in London shops Harrods, Selfridges and Hamleys forward of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June.
A number of of the Queen’s relations and politicians despatched the monarch properly needs on-line.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who's visiting India, wished the Queen a contented birthday and paid a “heartfelt tribute” to her “70 years of devoted and faultless service to our nation and the Commonwealth” in a video message.
Elizabeth grew to become the Queen of Britain and greater than a dozen different realms together with Canada, Australia and New Zealand, on the loss of life of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, whereas she was in Kenya on a global tour.
When she ascended the throne, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Harry Truman had been working the Soviet Union, China and the US, respectively, whereas Winston Churchill was British prime minister.
— With recordsdata from World Information’ Sarah Do Couto