Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes

Calvin Saunders
April 23, 2017

But they soon got used to it and when it was all over town cryer Chris Brown led everyone singing Happy Birthday to the Queen, who undoubtably heard the tribute from the castle nearby where she has spent Easter. The world's oldest and longest reigning monarch will celebrate her birthday in a low-key fashion privately at her Windsor Castle home near London. "His solution to the soggy, party-spoiling weather was to "[combine] his birthday celebration with an annual spring military parade known as Trooping the Colour".

The queen is Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on February 6, 1952.

Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 91st birthday by doing one of her favourite things - playing the ponies.

A 62-gun salute was sacked at the Tower of London at 1 p.m.by the Honourable Artillery Company, using modern artillery pieces.

And at the centuries-old Tower of London, there was a second salute with 62 guns.

The Queen Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was United States president and Joseph Stalin had just taken control of the Soviet Union.

The Queen may have visited more countries than any other British royal (rumoured to be more than 116 nations), but she doesn't even have a passport to collect stamps in.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, April 21, 2017. The Queen's 90th in 2016 was a massive to-do, the various components of which still live on on a special Web site dedicated to the occasion.

16 - general elections during the Queen's reign so far.

Her brother Hamza, 13 was close at hand to encourage her as she lit the cannon.

Residents and staff at Burcot Grange chose to use Her Majesty's special day as the theme for the meal they are entering into a chef's competition, organised by directors Cinnamon Care Collection.

660 - investitures - the Queen has personally held more than 660 investitures since the start of her reign.

When she was four, the Queen's grandfather King George V gave her her first horse, a Shetland pony called Peggy.

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