Queen Elizabeth turned 96, and military bands played “Happy Birthday” around London and Windsor. In a photo released to mark the occasion, the Queen was seen with two white ponies. Ministers joined royal family members in wishing the queen well, who has largely avoided public appearances this year due to health concerns.
She flew from Windsor Castle, west London, to Sandringham, Norfolk, to celebrate her birthday. In a tweet, her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate praised her for being “an example to many many across the UK, Commonwealth and the world.”
In a video message, Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted the queen happy birthday and paid respect to her “70 years of dedicated and impeccable service to our country and the Commonwealth. Mattel made a jubilee Barbie doll picturing the queen in ivory with a blue sash and her bridal tiara.
On Feb. 6, 1952, while on a foreign tour, Elizabeth became queen of Britain and over a dozen other kingdoms, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99 after spending almost 70 years by her side, told her the news. When she came to power, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Harry Truman were in charge of the USSR, China, and the UK, respectively.
When Elizabeth spent the night in hospital in October for an unidentified illness, she was instructed to relax. In February, she tested positive for Covid-19, leaving her exhausted. She missed events like Remembrance Sunday and Easter, but she attended a memorial ceremony for her husband in London’s Westminster Abbey last month.