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Queen Elizabeth II Turns 91 with Day at the Horse Races

Queen Elizabeth II Turns 91 with Day at the Horse Races

On Friday Queen Elizabeth Turned 91, continuing her reign as the oldest living monarch.

She snagged the title just after Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October.

But royal gun salutes will still echo across the capital later, fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company. She became monarch on February 6, 1952, and is today the world's longest reigning living monarch.

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A fire destroys large parts of Windsor Castle and her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew all see their marriages break down, causing the Queen to label 1992 "an annus horribilis" ("horrible year", in Latin).

While her 91st was a more private affair, there was a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park and 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park at midday, ahead of a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London at 13:00 BST.

A rendition of Happy Birthday in honour of the Queen's milestone was played during the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Well past year on her non official holiday she had a stroll with her husband, Prince Philip, around Windsor Castle.

But military salutes were held across the United Kingdom to mark the occasion - including a 21-gun salute of tiny cannons fired by children at Windsor Castle. Clarence House, the official account of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, shared a picture of the Queen with Prince Charles in 1952.

Well-wishers used the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty to tweet their own birthday messages.

"I said this is your birthday present for the Queen. And wish you a prosperous day!"

This year the Queen's official birthday falls on June 17, which will be marked by the ceremonial Trooping of the Colour.

The state visit will now take place from July 12 to 14.

Despite her advanced age, the Queen is still attending at social and official events that are right not so often as in the past years but the fact that she is making efforts is something that we must commend.

Despite being followed closely in her public appearances - feeding an elephant at a British zoo this month, for example - she has succeeded in keeping life behind palace doors relatively secret.


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