The Queen’s 90th Birthday

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The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations began quietly the day before with some low key engagements in Windsor, with visits to the local Royal Mail offices and Alexandra Gardens, to open a new bandstand. For this most constant of monarchs the celebrations, even on the eve of her landmark birthday, are also part of her on-going public duties.

The following day, 21 April, saw the celebrations begin in earnest with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh undertaking a walkabout in Windsor from the Henry VIII Gate of Windsor Castle towards the Statue of Queen Victoria at the foot of Castle Hill.  Here Her Majesty unveiled a plaque marking the ‘Queen’s Walkway’. During the walkabout there was also the opportunity for Her Majesty to meet fellow nonagenarians who share the royal birthday.

An official portrait by Annie Liebowitz for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Queen with her great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren. From left: James, Viscount Severn; Lady Louise Windsor; Mia Tindall (holding the Queen’s handbag); Princess Charlotte; Savannah Phillips; Prince George and Isla Phillips.

An official portrait by Annie Liebowitz for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Queen with her great-grandchildren and youngest grandchildren. From left: James, Viscount Severn; Lady Louise Windsor; Mia Tindall (holding the Queen’s handbag); Princess Charlotte; Savannah Phillips; Prince George and Isla Phillips.

The celebrations for Her Majesty’s birthday are the beginning of a series of events that will continue until the Sovereign’s official birthday and the annual Trooping the Colour ceremonies in June.