Bella (UK)

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Queen turns 95 on 21 April

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She’s the country’s longestser­ving monarch, and next Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II turns an incredible 95. The Queen will enjoy a private celebratio­n with her family on 21 April, the day of her actual birth, before a round of events in June to mark her official birthday.

The traditiona­l Trooping the Colour parade in London and the annual Garter service, which normally takes place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, have been cancelled due to the pandemic, although alternativ­e plans to mark the occasion are in the works. There’s likely to be a scaled-down event at Windsor Castle, where she and husband Prince Philip have been spending lockdown and where last year’s parade took place.

Crowned in 1953 at the age of 27, the Queen has been on the throne for nearly 70 years. As part of her role, she presides over the Commonweal­th and is head of the Church of England, but she is also the beloved matriarch of the royal family. Affectiona­tely known as Granny or Gan Gan to her great-grandchild­ren, she clearly inspires her clan. “All the time, William and I are so struck by the Queen’s sense of duty and commitment,” her granddaugh­ter-in-law Kate Middleton has said, and other family members have talked about her kindness and great sense of humour. We hope she has a wonderful day!

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