Queen El­iz­a­beth cel­e­brates 91st birth­day

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

LON­DON (Reuters) — Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth, the world’s old­est and long­est-reign­ing monarch, cel­e­brated her 91st birth­day in a usual low-key fash­ion yes­ter­day.

Ar­tillery gun salutes in Lon­don’s Hyde Park and at the Tower of Lon­don will mark the oc­ca­sion al­though the queen, who nor­mally spends her birth­day pri­vately, has no for­mal en­gage­ments planned her­self.

El­iz­a­beth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bru­ton Street in cen­tral Lon­don when Calvin Coolidge was US pres­i­dent and Joseph Stalin had just taken con­trol in the Soviet Union and be­came queen in 1952 at 25.

Despite her age, she still reg­u­larly car­ries out of­fi­cial du­ties al­though she has cut back on the num­ber of en­gage­ments in re­cent years, pass­ing th­ese onto other mem­bers of the Wind­sor fam­ily such as to her son and heir Prince Charles and grand­sons, Princes Wil­liam and Harry.

Polls show she re­mains very pop­u­lar among Bri­tons and royal aides said there is lit­tle prospect of her ab­di­cat­ing. Asked if she was well dur­ing a trip to North­ern Ire­land last year, she quipped “Well, I’m still alive.”

The queen has an of­fi­cial birth­day in June which is pub­licly marked with a large pa­rade of sol­diers through cen­tral Lon­don, known as Troop­ing the Color.

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