The Queen became the only monarch to reach 90 years of age, and last year the longest-reigning in the history of the British monarchy.
The monarch was born April 21st, 1926 Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary and was crowned in 1953. Her coronation was the first ever to be broadcast on television and was viewed across the globe. The Queen commemorated her birthday by releasing three portraits taken by renown photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle shortly after Easter. The portraits show her in a relaxed manner, posing alongside her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children George and Charlotte. In another photo, she is seen walking with her beloved corgis, and dorgis, a dachshund and corgi mix.
The British Monarchy twitter account was active, covering the queen’s public appearances throughout April 20-21. The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, were driven around the streets of Windsor amid cheers and “Happy Birthday” choruses from the crowd. She unveiled a plaque that read “The Queen’s Walkway”. Elizabeth II finished off her day with a private family dinner and is set to host President Obama and his wife on the day after her birthday.