Queen turns 91: Palace shares monarch's christening photo


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Queen turns 91: Palace shares monarch's christening photo

  • 21 April 2017
  • From the section UK
The Duke and Duchess of York hold their daughter Queen ElizabethImage copyright PA
Image caption The Duke and Duchess of York hold their daughter, the future Queen, in a photo dated 1 May 1926

Buckingham Palace has shared a photo of the Queen as a baby to mark her 91st birthday, amid online tributes and military salutes to mark the occasion.

The monarch is spending the day in private at Windsor Castle, in contrast with last year's national festivities.

Guns fired at London's Hyde Park at 12:00 BST to mark the day.

The Queen, who reached her 65-year Sapphire Jubilee in February, is Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Last year, more than 900 beacons were lit up across the UK and overseas as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. Crowds lined the streets in Windsor, church services were held in her honour, and the Queen took part in a walkabout at Windsor.

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Media captionHow the Queen spent her 90th birthday

Buckingham Palace tweeted a picture of the monarch as a baby on her christening day, where she is held by her mother Elizabeth, Duchess of York.

Clarence House, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's official residence, shared a picture of the Queen and a young Prince Charles from 1952.

Well-wishers used the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHerMajesty to tweet their own birthday messages.

The Royal Albert Hall said: "Happy birthday to our patron, Queen Elizabeth!" and a Scout group in Bristol tweeted: "#HappyBirthdayHerMajesty... And wish you a prosperous day!"

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Media captionIrish Guards mark the Queen's 91st birthday with rendition of Happy Birthday To You

Two birthdays

The Queen also celebrates an "official birthday" which falls on the second Saturday in June.

It will be marked with a parade in London known as the Trooping the Colour ceremony - this year's takes place the week later, on 17 June.

Two days earlier, the snap general election announced for Thursday 8 June will be the 17th of the Queen's reign.

The Queen typically spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday.

There was a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park and 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park, ahead of a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London at 13:00 BST.

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Image caption RAF performs a flypast during the 2016 Trooping the Colour