Celebrations mark Queen's 90th birthday


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Celebrations have begun around the country to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Crowds lined the streets in Windsor as the monarch took part in a walkabout, after royal gun salutes were fired from each of the UK's capital cities.

The Prince of Wales recorded a special radio broadcast for the day, in which he reads an edited passage from William Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

On Twitter, the Queen thanked senders of "#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty" tweets.

In another tweet, the Queen said: "I send my best wishes to those who are celebrating their 90th birthday...on this shared occasion, I send my warm congratulations to you."

Most of the salutes were due to be 21 guns in length - the standard royal gun salute - at locations including Hillsborough Castle (the Queen's official residence in Northern Ireland, 12 miles from Belfast), Cardiff Castle, and Edinburgh Castle.

In London, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery staged a 41-gun salute at midday in Hyde Park. And the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute across the Thames from the Tower of London at 13:00 BST.

The Queen will light symbolic beacons in Windsor later.

Today's events are being shown live on BBC.

Celebrations mark Queen's 90th birthday


BBC News
21 April 2016


Elizabeth II has become the first British monarch to turn 90

Celebrations have begun around the country to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Crowds lined the streets in Windsor as the monarch took part in a walkabout, after royal gun salutes were fired from each of the UK's capital cities.

The Prince of Wales recorded a special radio broadcast for the day, in which he reads an edited passage from William Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

On Twitter, the Queen thanked senders of "#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty" tweets.

Follow the day's live events as Queen turns 90

In another tweet, the Queen said: "I send my best wishes to those who are celebrating their 90th birthday...on this shared occasion, I send my warm congratulations to you."

Most of the salutes were due to be 21 guns in length - the standard royal gun salute - at locations including Hillsborough Castle, Cardiff Castle, and Edinburgh Castle.

In London, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery staged a 41-gun salute at midday in Hyde Park. And the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute across the Thames from the Tower of London at 13:00 BST.

The Queen will light symbolic beacons in Windsor later.


The Queen met well-wishers in Windsor, Berkshire

The Queen had been "a rock of strength for our nation" and the Commonwealth, Prime Minister David Cameron said, as he and fellow politicians paid tribute in the House of Commons.

Earlier, a photograph was released showing the monarch with young members of the Royal Family.

The image, one of three taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, shows the Queen surrounded by her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren.


One of three new portraits taken by renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle last month, this shows Her Majesty surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren


Family: The Queen wanted a portrait of the youngest members of the family - her two youngest grandchildren, who are quite a lot younger than the others, and the great-grandchildren. Pictured 1-7: James, Viscount Severn (the son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; 10th in line to the throne), Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor (the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; 11th in line to the throne), Mia Tindall (the daughter of Zara Tindall and her husband, former England rugby captain Mike Tindall; 17th in line), the Queen, Princess Charlotte (the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; 4th in line), Savannah Phillips (the daughter of Peter Phillips and his Canadian wife Autumn Phillips; 14th in line), Prince George (the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; 3rd in line) and Isla Phillips (the daughter of Peter Phillips and his Canadian wife Autumn Phillips; 15th in line)

The reading by Prince Charles, which has been broadcast by the BBC, is an extract from a speech by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to King Henry VIII after the birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I.

In his own tribute, Mr Cameron told the House of Commons: "Her Majesty The Queen has lived through some extraordinary times in our world.

"From the Second World War... to the rations with which she bought the material for her wedding dress.

"From presenting the World Cup to England at Wembley in 1966 to man landing on the moon three years later.

"From the end of the Cold War to peace in Northern Ireland.

"Throughout it all, as the sands of culture shift and the tides of politics ebb and flow, Her Majesty has been steadfast - a rock of strength for our nation, for our Commonwealth and on many occasions for the whole world."

The other Leibovitz photographs show the monarch walking in the grounds of Windsor Castle with four of her dogs and sitting with her daughter, the Princess Royal.


The Queen on steps at the rear of the East Terrace and East Garden of Windsor Castle with her four dogs, her corgis Willow and Holly and dorgis Vulcan and Candy


One of the pictures is an informal shot of the Queen with her daughter, Princess Anne

The image of the Queen with the young royals was taken in the Green Drawing Room, part of Windsor Castle's semi-State apartments just after Easter.

In it, the Queen - in the tradition of royal portraiture - holds her youngest great-grandchild Princess Charlotte, who is 11 months old, in her arms.

Also appearing in the image is two-year-old Prince George, Zara Tindall's (Princess Anne's daughter) two-year-old daughter Mia Tindall, who holds the Queen's famous black handbag, and Peter Phillips's daughters Savannah, five, and three-year-old Isla.

The Queen is also joined by the two youngest of her eight grandchildren - the Earl and Countess of Wessex's children - James, Viscount Severn, eight, and Lady Louise Windsor, twelve.

Queen's 90th: What's happening and when?


Monarchy fans were out early in Windsor, waiting for the Queen's walkabout


21 April - Queen's actual birthday. The Queen will unveil a plaque on Windsor's Queen's Walkway, before lighting the first of a chain of beacons. Gun salutes will also be held across the UK
12-15 May - Celebrations featuring hundreds of horses and performers in the grounds of Windsor Castle
10 June - A national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral
11 June - The annual Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade for the Queen's official birthday
12 June - The Queen will host a street party for 10,000 people in the Mall

Full details of Queen's birthday celebrations
In pictures: The Queen at 90 in 90 images
iWonder - Britain’s longest reigning monarch
Full coverage: The Queen at 90


The monarch's birthday celebrations get under way later with a walkabout in Windsor.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she will unveil a plaque marking The Queen's Walkway - a 4 mile trail that links 63 significant points in Windsor.

The trail was designed to recognise the moment the monarch broke the record on 9 September 2015 held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria by being on the throne for 63 years and seven months.

Birthday cake

In the evening the Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as she lights the first of more than 900 beacons across the UK and the world to mark her birthday.

Members of the Army cadet force will take beacons to the top of the highest peaks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Well-wishers gathered in Windsor ahead of the Queen's walkabout


Crowds have lined the streets in Windsor

Some of the beacons will be specially-built gas-fuelled structures, while others will be traditional bonfires or braziers on top of tall wooden posts.

The monarch will also be presented with a birthday cake at the Guildhall by the Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain, who has baked an orange drizzle cake with a butter cream and marmalade filling.


BBC correspondent Christian Fraser spotted a London Underground tribute to the Queen at just the right moment


These fans travelled to Windsor from Wales

To coincide with the Queen's birthday, the largest exhibition of the Queen's clothes and accessories ever shown in Scotland will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse later.

The display has been selected to cover the Queen's life and reign and includes evening and day wear.


The largest exhibition of the Queen's clothes and accessories ever shown in Scotland will open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

On Friday, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining the Queen for lunch at Windsor Castle.

The Queen each year celebrates two birthdays, with her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.

Celebrations of her official birthday this year take place from 10-12 June.

The Prince of Wales's reading from Shakespeare was broadcast at 07:20 GMT (08:20 BST) on BBC World Service radio and at about 08:40 BST on BBC Radio 4's Today programme .

Queen Elizabeth II at 90




The Queen has been married for 68 years, longer than any other British monarch
Her coronation was the first to be televised and was watched by over 20 million people in the UK
There have been 12 UK prime ministers, seven Archbishops of Canterbury and seven Popes during her reign
She has sat for more than 130 official portrait paintings
During her reign, she has visited 117 countries, travelling more than a million miles
In 2012 she became the second British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, and in 2015 became the UK's longest reigning monarch

Find out more about Queen Elizabeth II on BBC iWonder


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spaminator
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Blackleaf
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And the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute across the Thames from the Tower of London at 13:00 BST.

That's right now.
 
spaminator
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its not my fault that the queen was using the washroom when I wished her a happy birthday.
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Blackleaf
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its not my fault that the queen was using the washroom when I wished her a happy birthday.

It's a shocking picture.
 
Ludlow
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Shame on ye Spam. LOL
 
Johnnny
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Did Lord Shaxx get an invite?
 
Blackleaf
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Queen's tiny 90th birthday message etched on corgi hair

BBC News
21 April 2016


The message was inscribed on a single hair of a corgi using nanotechnology


A team of university scientists has etched a microscopic birthday message for the Queen - on the hair of a corgi.

The tiny tribute, which reads "Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty", was inscribed by staff at the University of Nottingham's new £12m nanoscale research centre.

Hairs used in the experiment - roughly a tenth of a millimetre wide - are from corgis related to the royal pets.

The team previously drew a tiny Queen's face to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Christopher Parmenter, from the university's School of Pharmacy, explained how the message was written using nanotechnology.

The scientists used an electron microscope, which projected a beam of ions onto the hair's surface, removing the top layer to allow the message to be etched.

"It's a truly magical process to observe that message just all of a sudden pop out, and we're hoping to send it to the Queen herself," Mr Parmenter said.


The Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday


The hairs used in the experiment were from corgis related to Queen's famous pets

Dr Michael Fay said a number of key scientific advancements are being developed through nanoscale and microscale analysis.

"It could be better computers or treatments for cancer. They all come from understanding things down from the very small scales," he said.

The university currently holds a Guinness world record for creating the smallest periodic table.

Scientists said more than a million copies of the table could fit on a single slip of note paper.


Queen's tiny 90th birthday message etched on corgi hair - BBC News


Respect: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London


National events: The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun Royal Salute in Hyde Park in London at noon today


Marking the day: The BT Tower in central London broadcast a birthday message to the Queen

Gracious: The Queen received bouquets of flowers from supporters as she greeted dozens of people on the streets of Windsor

Procession: Royal guards marched through the streets of Windsor ahead of the arrival of the Monarch, who will walk through the town


Joyous: The Queen and Prince Philip rode through the bunting-covered streets of Windsor on the back of a custom Range Rover


Ready for spring: The Queen was dressed in what was described by Buckingham Palace as a 'spring grass green' wool and silk weave coat and dress with hat to match adorned with flowers by her dressmaker Angela Kelly for her birthday appearance on the sunny but chilly day


Milestone birthay: The Queen spent time greeting thousands of well-wishers who waited for hours on the streets of Windsor

Crowds: Thousands of devoted well-wishers queued for hours along the designated route in the hope of greeting the Queen, pictured


Gifts: Judy and Anne Daley, from Cardiff, were waiting to meet the Queen with flowers, 90th birthday celebration balloons and chocolate




Glitz and glitter: John Loughrey and Kathy Martin (top) brought along a stuffed bulldog. Bottom, fan Donna Werner, from the US


In the party spirit: Town criers (from the left) Steve Clow, Tony Appleton and Peter Baker join crowds outside Windsor Castle


Young supporters: Excited schoolchildren waved flags cheered alongside a town crier and supporters in fancy dress


Ready to wave: Three-year-olds Edgar Jordan and Kate Redvers wait to join the crowds celebrating the Queen in Windsor



Read more: 90 and still in the pink! Crowds draped in flags and clutching balloons gather to meet the Queen on birthday Windsor walkabout | Daily Mail Online
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Ludlow
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It's a shocking picture.

Why is it shocking? Are you under the impression that your precious Queen never has to pinch a loaf?
 
Blackleaf
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Why is it shocking? Are you under the impression that your precious Queen never has to pinch a loaf?

It's a shockingly disrespectful picture of a great woman and head of state.
 
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It's a shockingly disrespectful picture of a great woman and head of state.

Even great women need to drop a load now and then Blackloaf.

When Hillary gets elected you don't think she'll stink up the bathroom at the White House all the time?
 
Blackleaf
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Even great women need to drop a load now and then Blackloaf.

It's disrespectful. How would you like it if someone posted a similar picture of George Washington or Martin Luther King?
 
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It's disrespectful. How would you like it if someone posted a similar picture of George Washington or Martin Luther King?

Wouldn't bother me none you know damn well MLK spent plenty of time on the sh*tter all those ribs and collard greens . Ill bet he ranked up plenty a bathroom in his day

Maybe the Queen will visit the White House after the Inauguration and he and the President can discuss their favorite bathroom air fresheners.
 
JLM
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It's a shocking picture.


That Anne is certainly no raving beauty!

Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It's a shockingly disrespectful picture of a great woman and head of state.


Great people can see the humour in almost everything.
 
MHz
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When people are that old how long in advance are things planned. ie her 100th, any thing about a world tour in a supersonic aircraft so she can wave to her subjects from 'on high'. You could keep her as an eternal queen and then she would join the ranks of Hercules and Oden, etc. Then you would collect for the 'trinkets sold' and not have to dish out any salaries. Get my drift?
 
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Interesting piece of trivia.........................Of all the British Monarchs since the Battle of Hastings only 7 surpassed the age of Three score and ten!

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When people are that old how long in advance are things planned. ie her 100th, any thing about a world tour in a supersonic aircraft so she can wave to her subjects from 'on high'. You could keep her as an eternal queen and then she would join the ranks of Hercules and Oden, etc. Then you would collect for the 'trinkets sold' and not have to dish out any salaries. Get my drift?


After you reach 90 buying green bananas is dangerous!
 
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Heart attack or slipping on the peel?
 
Ludlow
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When people are that old how long in advance are things planned. ie her 100th, any thing about a world tour in a supersonic aircraft so she can wave to her subjects from 'on high'. You could keep her as an eternal queen and then she would join the ranks of Hercules and Oden, etc. Then you would collect for the 'trinkets sold' and not have to dish out any salaries. Get my drift?

everyone gets your drift maynard. Most try to stand downwind though,
 
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Interesting piece of trivia.........................Of all the British Monarchs since the Battle of Hastings only 7 surpassed the age of Three score and ten!

What firkin age is 3 score + 10?
 
Ludlow
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What firkin age is 3 score + 10?

70 dummy
 
MHz
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What firkin age is 3 score + 10?

70 I hope

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everyone gets your drift maynard. Most try to stand downwind though,

Man you are some stupid, if something stinks you stand upwind rather than downwind.
Is that what you believe when people shift for position around you or do you just not know how to speak it the English language??
 
Frankiedoodle
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Like most people, I enjoy a good joke but the one of the Queen on a toilet goes too far.
After all, how many of us at 90 are head of an organization (commonwealth) that consists of over 2 billion people. With most of those people standing for an anthem that is just yours. Plus curtesy or bow when meeting you.
Unfortunately you also have an adult child who starts off a public speech with " mummy"
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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70 dummy

He could have just said 70.
 
Ludlow
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70 I hope


Man you are some stupid, if something stinks you stand upwind rather than downwind.
Is that what you believe when people shift for position around you or do you just not know how to speak it the English language??

I meant upwind. LMAO

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He could have just said 70.

LOL,,,,lighten up it's the net

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Like most people, I enjoy a good joke but the one of the Queen on a toilet goes too far.
After all, how many of us at 90 are head of an organization (commonwealth) that consists of over 2 billion people. With most of those people standing for an anthem that is just yours. Plus curtesy or bow when meeting you.
Unfortunately you also have an adult child who starts off a public speech with " mummy"

just look at it like a toilet pedestal. even the queen must take the dump eva now and then
 
Frankiedoodle
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I have always wondered why people find how a person looks, to be fair game for jokes. I am fully able to look in a mirror and make my own opinion of what I see. I am sure that Princess Royal doesn't require any help either. She certainly has taken a lot of ribbing due to her looks, over the years. However it is almost never mentioned that she is one of the most hardworking royals and was a world-class equestrian
 
Ludlow
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I have always wondered why people find how a person looks, to be fair game for jokes. I am fully able to look in a mirror and make my own opinion of what I see. I am sure that Princess Royal doesn't require any help either. She certainly has taken a lot of ribbing due to her looks, over the years. However it is almost never mentioned that she is one of the most hardworking royals and was a world-class equestrian

nothing bad about bein a plug ug. Folks cain't help the ug mug.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Frankiedoodle View Post

Like most people, I enjoy a good joke but the one of the Queen on a toilet goes too far.
After all, how many of us at 90 are head of an organization (commonwealth) that consists of over 2 billion people. With most of those people standing for an anthem that is just yours. Plus curtesy or bow when meeting you.
Unfortunately you also have an adult child who starts off a public speech with " mummy"


"Goes too far"! I'd go as far as to say it is just plain f**king ignorant. I wouldn't even classify it as a "joke".
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Ludlow
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"Goes too far"! I'd go as far as to say it is just plain f**king ignornant. I wouldn't even classify it as a "joke".

watch the spelling. LOL
 
talloola
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It's a shockingly disrespectful picture of a great woman and head of state.

this forum has many who make fun of 'women', just ignore, and leave it with the source, belongs to them,
has no bearing on anyone else.

this is a wonderful time for the queen, that picture of her with her gr. grandchildren and grandchildren
was adorable.

I have great respect for her, and she and her husband are living to a ripe old age, and look good doing
so, hope they stay around for many more.

I have many relatives in England who I have never met, except for one, but I'm sure they are all
delighted and celebrating this occasion, if my granddad was still around he would be so proud of her,
he had freedom of the city of London, veteran of boar war, world war one, very loyal to the king/queen,
and a very proud Englishman thru and thru.
 
Ludlow
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shame on spam I told him not to do it but he wouldn't listen