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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates 91st birthday

Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London and became queen in 1952 at 25.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2017 07:32 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves the Easter Sunday service in Windsor Castle on April 16.(Reuters)

The Band of Irish Guards played ‘Happy Birthday’ during the changing of guard at Buckingham Palace and guns boomed in Hyde Park on Friday to mark the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth, who spent the day privately in Windsor Castle.

Buckingham Palace released photo of the Queen as a baby to mark her 91st birthday. She is not only Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, but also of the world: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand died aged 88 last year.

Since her coronation in 1952, there have been 13 prime ministers: Winston Churchill was the first and Theresa May the latest. After the June 8 mid-term election, she will invite the leader of the party with the most seats in the House of Commons to become Prime Minister and to form a government.

Born on April 21, 1926, she was named Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York.

The Queen, who visited India in 1961, 1983 and 1997, celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.

The official birthday is held in the summer because there is a better change of good weather for royal ceremonies on the day.

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 13:55 IST