5 Photos Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

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1)Her Majesty turns 90                                   (1/5)

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1)Her Majesty turns 90                                   (1/5)

 

Elizabeth II of the ruling house of Windsor was born early morning (2:40 am) on 21 April 1926 and subsequently christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. At that time, her Paternal Grandfather, George the Fifth was the King of England and Emperor of India and all the other dominions of a resurgent British Empire that was at its peak after the resounding English victory in World War I.

Her father Prince Albert, the Duke of York   was the second son of the King.  (He later on went to succeed his father as King George IV) while her mother, Elizabeth, Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth in her own right), was the  daughter of Scot peer Earl Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

At her birth it was considered inconceivable that she would ever ascend the throne since her father was not the crown prince or the heir apparent. More ever he had a bad stemmer and suffered from a serious lack of confidence.  However, when her uncle King Edward VI decided to marry a divorced commoner, he was forced to abdicate in favor of his brother and Elizabeth’s father and after his death she ascended to the throne in 1952.  She celebrated her silver, golden and diamond jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012 respectively, effectively making her not only the longest reigning Monarch in British history but, (surpassing even her legendary great great grandmother Queen Victoria last year)

The nonagenarian monarch’s career spans decades going as far back as the Second World War. And indeed her 90th birthday bash was a compilation of all her achievements and was celebrated with the pomp and grandeur befitting the longest ever queen regnant in world history.

Early in the day crowds lined up to meet their monarch

Her birthday party was not just a reflection of the achievements of her life and reign but also her love of the equestrian sports, as well as her dedication to the people who live in her dominions and her involvement in affairs of the state both political and military.

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