Queen Elizabeth turns 91: A paragon of duty, diplomacy

23 April, 2017, 03:22 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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But triumphant Humaira was thrilled to bits afterwards to have made her contribution to the Queen's birthday.

Everyone knows of the Queen's love for horses and corgis, but palace insiders said that she also enjoys crossword puzzles and a Dubonnet-and-gin cocktail before lunch.

Broadsided of cannon will be shot at the Tower of London and Hyde Park in order to mark the birthday of the oldest monarch in the world, who uses to celebrate her birthday only with her closest.

But fear not, she learnt to drive in 1945 when she was 19, so has now been driving for about 72 years and isn't afraid to take guests around her estates in her favourite cars (the Queen owns two Bentleys and a collection of Land Rovers and Range Rovers). The Queen dubbed 1992 her "annus horribilis" after the marriages of three of her four children broke down and Windsor Castle was badly damaged in a fire.

So instead, he combined his birthday celebration with an annual spring military parade known as Trooping the Colour, in which regiments displayed their flags or "colours" so soldiers would be familiar with them.

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She celebrated her sapphire jubilee in February, making her the first British monarch to celebrate a 65 year reign.

The Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was USA president and Joseph Stalin had just taken control of the Soviet Union. Clarence House released a photo this morning of the Queen and Prince Charles in 1952 to mark the occasion.

The curious decision to give monarchs two birthdays dates back to Edward VII, who was born on November 9 but celebrated the birthday in May and June as the weather was better during these months for outdoor events.

72% - proportion of her life that Elizabeth II has been Queen. "I've been on the grid at Silverstone, I was in the ring at the Dubai World Cup the year Animal Kingdom won, I've been in the ring after a Floyd Mayweather fight in Vegas and shook hands with him".

£1,771,441 - the Queen's earnings from race horse wins since 2013 in GB flat races.

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