Queen’s 90th Birthday

HM Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday on April 21st. There were a number of events, including two public engagements, a private dinner party, as well a a visit by the Obama’s. A number of pictures and documentaries were released to mark the occasion.

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On April 20th, the Royal Mail released a commemorative stamp of the Queen and her three heirs. The photo was released in advance of HM visit to the Royal Mail office in Windsor, which was marking its 500th anniversary.

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The photo was taken in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace. The Queen, Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and Prince George all wore variations of blue, and the Queen wore the Queen mothers Shell Brooch.

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After visiting the Royal Mail offices, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also opened a new bandstand at Alexandra Gardens, Windsor and listened to a concert by local school children.

 

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On April 21st, the Queen’s Birthday, three new portraits by American photographer Annie Leibovitz were released by Buckingham Palace. The first portrait is of the Queen with her two youngest grandchildren and all five of her great-grandchildren. From L-R: Lord Severin, Lady Louise Windsor, Mia Tindal, HM The Queen, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George, and Isla Phillips.

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The second picture depicts HM the Queen with her daughter Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.

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The last portrait is of HM with her beloved corgis on one of the outdoor stairs of Windsor Castle.

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On April 21st, HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh did a walkabout in Windsor. The Queen cut her cake, made by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussien. The Queen and the Duke also opened the Queen’s Walkway, and met a group of people over the age of 90. Later, the Queen & Duke, along with the Prince of Wales & the Duchess of Cornwall, lit the first of the over 1000 beacons across the country, to commemorate the occasion.

In the evening, the Prince of Wales hosted a private dinner at Windsor castle. While no official pictures were released, there was a photo taken of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge arriving with Prince Harry.

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On April 22nd, HM the Queen an the Duke hosted a private luncheon for President and Mrs Obama, at Windsor Castle. The Duke drove their guests from the field to the castle. The President paid tribute to the Queen, saying: “She is truly one of my favourite people, and should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is. She is an astonishing person and a real jewel to the world, and not just the United Kingdom”

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In the evening the Obama’s dined with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, at the formers home in Kensington Palace. It was a rainy evening, but the group posed for a photograph before going inside.

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There were a number of informal photos released on Twitter by Kensington Palace. The first two pictures provided a glimpse of the Cambridge’s Drawing room, and some personal momentous on display.

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The biggest surprise of the evening was the photos released of Prince George meeting the president. He had stayed up to thank the Obama’s for a wooden horse, and a stuffed toy of the presidential dog, which had been given to mark the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte respectively.

 

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Of the 3 documentaries released for the occasion only 2 are available currently on Youtube. They are:

The Queen at 90  -a tribute by her family

Elizabeth at 90  -includes footage of her family watching old family films

I would suggest that you watch these soon, because they will be removed from Youtube in the next few days.

I wish HM a very happy 90th Birthday, and many happy returns! The celebrations for the Queen’s Birthday will continue, with a main event taking place during the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and concluding at the Trooping of the Colour in June.

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