Queen Elizabeth II at 90

Hello Hugo

Our Monarch celebrates her 90th birthday today.  I have ordered for you the commemorative Royal Mint coin immediately below to mark the occasion.  You can pass it and the Mint collection I sent you before to your children/grandchildren one day.  It has yet to be delivered but I will send it to you for Children’s Day in Japan at the beginning of May along with some other items I have got for you.

Below is an article from 2 days’ ago featuring a photograph from every year of the Queen’s life.  It is a reminder of her long years of public service; one day I hope that I will be able to see photographs of the years of your life that I have missed out on as you must look very different now to the little boy who left London almost 5 years ago now.

Hope you’re having a good day.

 

BBC

In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II at 90 in 90 images

On 21 April the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday and to mark the event we present an image from the archives of the Press Association from every year of her life.

1926

The Queen Mother (then the Duchess of York) with her husband, King George VI (then the Duke of York), and their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christeningImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth was born on 21 April 1926 in London, the first child of Albert, Duke of York, and his wife, formerly Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

1927

Duke and Duchess of York with King George V and Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption The future Queen was soon introduced to her subjects, who came to see her on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. She is seen here with her parents alongside King George V and Queen Mary.

1928

Princess Elizabeth waving from a carriage as she drives in LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption The well-known royal wave was also in evidence early on.

1929

Princess Elizabeth being pushed in a pram in a parkImage copyright PA
Image caption Princess Elizabeth is seen here being taken out in a park. Her parents kept with the tradition of not taking their children on royal tours.

1930

Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal TournamentImage copyright PA
Image caption The young princess was pictured here arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament.

1931

Princess Elizabeth arriving at the 16th Century Church at Balcombe, Sussex, for the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel SmithImage copyright PA
Image caption In 1931 she attended the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Capt Henry Abel Smith at Balcombe in Sussex.

1932

Princess Elizabeth walking through the rain on her arrival homeImage copyright PA
Image caption A confident princess strides home in the rain.

1933

Two year old Princess Margaret (seated) with her sister Princess ElizabethImage copyright PA
Image caption Both Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret Rose, who was born in 1930, were educated at home.

1934

The Duchess of York (right) with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret arriving at Olympia for the International Horse showImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth is back at Olympia for the International Horse Show with her sister and the Duchess of York.

1935

Princess Elizabeth in 1935Image copyright PA
Image caption The young Princess Elizabeth was called Lilibet by her family. Her cousin Margaret Rhodes said she was “a jolly little girl, but fundamentally sensible and well-behaved”.

1936

Princess Elizabeth and Margaret with the Duke and Duchess of York at the Royal Tournament at OlympiaImage copyright PA
Image caption She is pictured here shaking hands on arrival at the Royal Tournament with her family.

1937

Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) with her eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the coronation of King George VIImage copyright PA
Image caption The future Queen is seen with her mother, then Queen Elizabeth, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the Coronation of her father as King George VI.

1938

King George VI, his wife Queen Elizabeth and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth (right) and Princess MargaretImage copyright PA
Image caption A year before World War Two engulfed Europe, the Royal Family posed for a picture.

1939

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret launching a model seaplane at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield, BuckinghamshireImage copyright PA
Image caption The royal sisters launch a model seaplane at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

1940

Princess Elizabeth after she broadcast on BBC Radio's Children's Hour from Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption In 1940, Princess Elizabeth, 14, featured in a radio programme called Children’s Hour. She sent her best wishes to the children who had been evacuated from Britain to America, Canada and elsewhere as Britain was suffering the worst of the Blitz during World War Two. This is the earliest recording of the future Queen in the BBC archives.

1941

Princess Elizabeth in the garden of her wartime country residence at WindsorImage copyright PA
Image caption It was suggested that the Royal Family should seek safety abroad, specifically in Canada, but the King and Queen would have none of it. The children were moved to Windsor Castle. “We went for a weekend and stayed five years,” they said.

1942

Princess Elizabeth in her Girl Guide uniformImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth is seen here in her Girl Guide uniform. She became a Guide in 1937, her sister, Princess Margaret enrolled as a Brownie and their mother became the Patron of the Girl Guides. During World War Two, Princess Elizabeth did her part to boost public morale.

1943

Princess Elizabeth is seen behind King George VIImage copyright PA
Image caption Princess Elizabeth visited the military camp at Bulford in Wiltshire with King George VI, who is pictured with Brig Hugh Kindersley.

1944

Princess Elizabeth visiting the National Sea Scouts Exhibition at the London Scottish Headquarters in Buckingham GateImage copyright PA
Image caption Princess Elizabeth visited the National Sea Scouts Exhibition at the London Scottish Headquarters in Buckingham Gate.

1945

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) at the wheel of an Army vehicleImage copyright PA
Image caption In the final year of the war, Elizabeth donned a uniform herself, joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service – the ATS. She spent three weeks with a carefully chosen group of other recruits, learning basic motor mechanics and how to drive a lorry.

1946

Princess Elizabeth laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance SundayImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday.

1947

Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremonyImage copyright PA
Image caption On 20 November 1947 she married her third cousin, Prince Philip of Greece, at Westminster Abbey.

1948

Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) holding her son Prince Charles after his Christening ceremony in Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption Their first child, Charles, was born in 1948.

1949

Princess Elizabeth opening a holiday centre for young people at Avon Tyrell, HampshireImage copyright PA
Image caption The young couple enjoyed a relatively normal life for a number of years. Here Princess Elizabeth opens a holiday centre for young people at Avon Tyrell, Hampshire.

1950

Princess Elizabeth with her baby daughter, Princess Anne, after the christening at Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption In 1950 Charles’s sister Anne was born.

1951

Princess Anne in the arms of Princess Elizabeth with the Duke of Edinburgh, holding Prince Charles, in the grounds of Clarence House, their London residenceImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth and Philip lived with their children in Clarence House, London, but her father was terminally ill with lung cancer.

1952

Queen Elizabeth II, in a black mourning outfit, waving as she returns to Clarence House in London the day after she became QueenImage copyright PA
Image caption In February 1952, while staying at a game lodge in Kenya, Elizabeth heard of the death of the King. She immediately returned to London as the new Queen.

1953

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother, and the Duke of Gloucester on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view the fly past of the Royal Air Force after the CoronationImage copyright PA
Image caption Her Coronation in June 1953 was televised and millions gathered around TV sets, many of them for the first time, to watch as Queen Elizabeth II made her oath.

1954

Prince Charles and Princess Anne with their parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, on the balcony of Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption Following her Coronation, the new Queen set off on a tour of the Commonwealth and is seen here on her return, once more on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

1955

Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill bowing to Queen Elizabeth II as he welcomes her and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinnerImage copyright PA
Image caption Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill welcomes the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinner.

1956

Queen Elizabeth II walking through Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play poloImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth with her corgi by her side strolls through Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play polo.

1957

Queen Elizabeth II in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas Day broadcast to the nationImage copyright PA
Image caption She is seen here in the Long Library at Sandringham after making the first televised Christmas Day broadcast to the nation. Elizabeth is holding the copy of Pilgrim’s Progress from which she read a few lines during her message.

1958

During her visit to Rothes Colliery, FifeshireImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen is seen here during a visit to Rothes Colliery, Fife. It was her first visit to a coal mine and she spent about half an hour underground at the coalface.

1959

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the Royal corgisImage copyright PA
Image caption The royal couple are joined by Sugar, one of their corgis, at Windsor.

1960

Queen Elizabeth II holding Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, ScotlandImage copyright PA
Image caption Prince Andrew was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.

1961

The Queen and Prince of WalesImage copyright PA
Image caption With the Prince of Wales out riding at Windsor Castle.

1962

Queen Elizabeth II (left) wearing a leopard-skin coat at a Sandown Park race meeting.Image copyright PA
Image caption The leopard-skin coat worn at a Sandown Park race meeting has since been consigned to the wardrobe after conservationists urged her not to wear it – but she has been spotted in other fur coats and hats over the years.

1963

Riding side-saddle, the Queen returns to Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption Riding side-saddle, the Queen returns to Buckingham Palace after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. She has appeared at her annual birthday parade every year of her reign, except for 1955 when a national rail strike cancelled the event. She began riding in a carriage in 1987.

1964

Queen Elizabeth II leaving after the State Opening of ParliamentImage copyright PA
Image caption At home and abroad, the Queen had to maintain political neutrality, but she was making her own mark on the role of monarch.

1965

Queen Elizabeth II, baby Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and the Duke of Edinburgh, in the gardens of Frogmore House, Windsor, BerkshireImage copyright PA
Image caption The Royal Family gather for a picture in the gardens of Frogmore House, Windsor, as they celebrate the Queen’s 39th birthday. Prince Edward was born the previous year and the same pram that carries him here was used to ferry the Queen’s great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte to her christening in July 2015.

1966

England captain Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy, collected from the Queen Elizabeth IIImage copyright PA
Image caption England captain Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy, collected from Queen Elizabeth II, after leading his team to a 4-2 victory over West Germany in the World Cup Final at Wembley.

1967

Queen Elizabeth II at the garden party in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen at the garden party in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to mark the 50th anniversary of women in active service.

1968

The Royal Family in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire. Left to right: Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles (behind the Queen) and Prince AndrewImage copyright PA
Image caption Another royal portrait at Frogmore House in Windsor.

1969

Queen Elizabeth II formally invests her son Prince Charles with the Coronet of the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in CardiffImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II formally invests her son Prince Charles with the Coronet of the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Caernarfon Castle. He actually took on the title when he was nine, but the Queen insisted the ceremony should wait until he fully understood its significance.

1970

Queen Elizabeth II with Prime Minister Edward Heath (second right) and American President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon at Chequers, BuckinghamshireImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II with Prime Minister Edward Heath (second right) and American President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon at Chequers, Buckinghamshire. Since the Queen came to the throne, there have been 12 US presidents and she has met every one except Lyndon B Johnson.

1971

Queen Elizabeth II leaving the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers after visiting Princess AnneImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth leaves the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers after visiting Princess Anne, who had undergone an emergency operation.

1972

Queen in her study at Balmoral on the year of her silver wedding anniversary.Image copyright PA
Image caption The Queen in her study at Balmoral in the year of her silver wedding anniversary. Even when she is away from London, in residence at Balmoral or Sandringham, the Queen receives official papers nearly every day and her working day begins at her desk.

1973

With her corgisImage copyright PA
Image caption Sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip, in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Queen has owned more than 30 corgis, with many of them direct descendants from her first one, Susan. Now she has only two – Holly and Willow – but does not plan to get any more.

1974

Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she celebrated her 48th birthday at Windsor CastleImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth celebrates her 48th birthday at Windsor Castle.

1975

The Queen is seen beside an oak sapling which she planted in the garden of the government guesthouse in TokyoImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen is seen beside an oak sapling which she planted in the garden of the government guesthouse in Tokyo, after it had been brought to Japan from Windsor Castle. Tree planting is a staple part of royal duties and the monarch has planted hundreds all over the world during her reign.

1976

Queen Elizabeth II on her 50th birthday with Prince Philip and their youngest son Prince Edward, 12, in the grounds of Windsor CastleImage copyright PA
Image caption On her 50th birthday, she was photographed with her husband and their youngest son Prince Edward, 12, in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

1977

Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout in Portsmouth during her Silver Jubilee tour of Great BritainImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen marked 25 years on the throne with a busy UK tour – visiting 36 counties over 10 weeks, as well as travelling 56,000 miles around the world in celebration.

1978

Queen Elizabeth II with a Jersey cow presented to her with at the Country Show at Le Petit Catelet, Saint John, Jersey.Image copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II with a Jersey cow presented to her at the Country Show at Le Petit Catelet, Saint John, Jersey. An exotic range of live animals has been given to the Queen as gifts over the years, including a canary from Germany, jaguars and sloths from Brazil, two black beavers from Canada, two young giant turtles from the Seychelles and an elephant called Jumbo from Cameroon. They were placed in the care of London Zoo.

1979

Queen Elizabeth II during a walkabout in Muscat while visiting OmanImage copyright PA
Image caption In 1979 she visited Oman, and is seen here during a walkabout in Muscat.

1980

Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgisImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen and some of her corgis walk the cross country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials.

1981

Queen Elizabeth II walking through the crowds at the Royal Ascot race meeting.Image copyright PA
Image caption The monarch usually attends the Royal Ascot race meeting each year and has owned 22 winners.

1982

Taking photographs with her gold Rollei cameraImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen often gets behind the lens herself to take photos of the Duke of Edinburgh carriage driving and while on tour. Here she is taking photographs with her gold Rollei camera during her visit to the South Sea islands of Tuvalu.

1983

Queen Elizabeth II inspecting the Guard of Honour at Jomo Kenyatta International AirportImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth inspecting the Guard of Honour at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. The Queen has visited all 53 Commonwealth nations except two recent joiners, Cameroon and Rwanda.

1984

Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Prince and Princess of Wales after the christening ceremony of Prince Harry. The Queen has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.Image copyright PA
Image caption A formal picture of the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Prince and Princess of Wales after the christening ceremony of Prince Harry. The Queen has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

1985

Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.

1986

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Bedaling Pass, on the Great Wall of China, on the third day of their state visit to ChinaImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Bedaling Pass, on the Great Wall of China, on the third day of their state visit to the country. No British monarch had ever travelled to mainland China, let alone walked the Great Wall so the Queen’s trip in October 1986 made history.

1987

The Queen making her traditional Christmas Day address to the nation and the CommonwealthImage copyright PA
Image caption During her Christmas broadcast that year she remembered those affected by the IRA bombing of a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

1988

The Duke of Edinburgh helping Queen Elizabeth II to alight from the new £120,000 Australia State Coach, Australia's bicentennial gift, at the Houses of Parliament as they arrive for the State OpeningImage copyright PA
Image caption The Duke of Edinburgh helping Queen Elizabeth II to alight from the new £120,000 Australia State Coach, Australia’s bicentennial gift.

1989

Queen Elizabeth II (centre) with US President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy at Buckingham Palace in London. The Queen and the former film star shared a love of horses and were once pictured riding together at Windsor.Image copyright PA
Image caption The Queen with US President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy at Buckingham Palace in London. The Queen and the former film star shared a love of horses and were once pictured riding together at Windsor.

1990

Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond StakesImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

1991

Queen Elizabeth II gesturing to Ruud Lubbers, Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of the EC Council of Ministers, to sit on an empty chair after the Duke of Edinburgh was absent, as the leaders of the G7 Summit countries gathered for a pre-dinner photocall in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II gesturing to Ruud Lubbers, Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of the EC Council of Ministers, to sit on an empty chair as the leaders of the G7 Summit countries gathered for a pre-dinner photocall in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.

1992

Queen Elizabeth II surveying the scene following the fire at Windsor CastleImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II surveying the scene at Windsor Castle following a fire. She dubbed the year her “annus horribilis” as it also saw the Princess Royal divorce and both the Duke and Duchess of York and the Prince and Princess of Wales separate.

1993

Queen Elizabeth II, with Chief Instructor, firing a standard SA 80 rifleImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen, with Chief Instructor Lt Col George Harvey, firing a standard SA 80 rifle when she attended the centenary of the Army Rifle Association at Bisley.

1994

Queen walking through the gravestones at Bayeux Cemetery after a D-Day Commemoration serviceImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen took part in events to mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day. She is seen here at Bayeux Cemetery after a commemoration service.

1995

South Africa's President Nelson Mandela greets Queen Elizabeth IIImage copyright PA
Image caption South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela greets Queen Elizabeth II as she steps from the royal yacht Britannia in Cape Town at the official start of her first visit to the country since 1947.

1996

Queen Elizabeth II laying a wreath at the gates of Dunblane Primary School after one of the deadliest firearms incidents in UK history.Image copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II lays a wreath at the gates of Dunblane Primary School after one of the deadliest firearms incidents in UK history. Gunman Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and one teacher at the school near Stirling on 13 March.

1997

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh viewing the floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, at Buckingham PalaceImage copyright PA
Image caption Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in a car accident, the Royal Family grieved in private. However, the public reaction to Diana’s death led to accusations the Queen was unresponsive and out of touch with the public mood. The swell of anger had shocked the Queen and she admitted there were “lessons to be drawn from her life and the extraordinary public reaction to her death”.

1998

Queen Elizabeth II looking though a theodoliteImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of the Royal Engineers, looking through a theodolite during her visit to the 42 Engineer Regiment at Denison Barracks in Hermitage, Berkshire.

1999

The Queen joining Mrs Susan McCarron (front left ) her ten-year-old son, James and Housing Manager Liz McGinniss for tea in their home in the Castlemilk area of GlasgowImage copyright PA
Image caption The Queen joining Mrs Susan McCarron (far left) for tea in her home in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow, as the Royal Family experimented with a more intimate, informal approach to meeting the public. The monarch is a fan of Earl Grey tea with milk, but no sugar.

2000

Queen Elizabeth II (left) and the Queen Mother leaving church by horse-drawn carriage on the Sandringham Estate, NorfolkImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother leaving church by horse-drawn carriage on the Sandringham Estate, Norfolk. The Queen was close to her mother and they shared a passion for everything equestrian and enjoyed talking about the turf.

2001

Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen Vic pub during a visit to Elstree Studios where EastEnders is filmedImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen Vic pub during a visit to Elstree Studios where EastEnders is filmed. She was accompanied by long-standing cast member Barbara Windsor (Peggy Mitchell) and Steve McFadden, who played her character’s son, Phil.

2002

David Beckham and Kirsty Howard hand the Queens Jubilee Baton to Queen Elizabeth II after it's final leg around the city of Manchester stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.Image copyright PA
Image caption David Beckham and Kirsty Howard hand the Queen’s Jubilee Baton to Queen Elizabeth II after its final leg around the city of Manchester stadium, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Kirsty was born with a with a back-to-front heart and given just weeks to live at the age of four. She defied the odds and lived until 2015, having raised millions of pounds for Francis House children’s hospice in Manchester.

2003

Queen Elizabeth II, and Berry the corgi, with the England rugby squad, at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup.Image copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II and Berry the corgi with the England rugby squad, at a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup.

2004

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II peers round a corner during a visit to the Royal Albert Hall in London, marking the end of an eight year restoration programImage copyright PA
Image caption Elizabeth was caught by the camera as she glanced around a corner during a visit to the Royal Albert Hall, which had just undergone an eight-year restoration programme.

2005

The Prince of Wales leaving St George's Chapel in Windsor after marrying Camilla Parker-BowlesImage copyright PA
Image caption The Prince of Wales leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor after marrying Camilla Parker-Bowles. Queen Elizabeth II attended their religious blessing but was not present at their civil ceremony. The monarch told guests in a speech at the wedding reception that her son was “home and dry with the woman he loves”.

2006

Queen Elizabeth II sitting in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London looking at some of the cards which were sent to her for her 80th birthdayImage copyright PA
Image caption In the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London looking at some of the cards sent to her for her 80th birthday.

2007

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh revisiting Broadlands in Hampshire, where they spent their wedding night in November 1947, to mark their diamond wedding anniversaryImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh revisiting Broadlands in Hampshire, where they spent their wedding night in November 1947, to mark their diamond wedding anniversary.

2008

Queen Elizabeth II speaking at a state banquet at Windsor Castle at the start of a two-day state visit by President SarkozyImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II addresses a banquet at Windsor Castle at the start of a two-day state visit by President Sarkozy of France.

2009

Queen Elizabeth II planting a tree at Newmarket Animal Health Trust during a royal visit which marked her 50th year as the charity's patronImage copyright PA
Image caption Planting a tree at Newmarket Animal Health Trust during a royal visit that marked her 50th year as the charity’s patron.

2010

Queen Elizabeth II talking with Pope Benedict XVI n the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh during a four-day visit by the Pope to the UK.Image copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II talking with Pope Benedict XVI in the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh during a four-day visit by the Pope to the UK.

2011

The Queen lays a wreath next to the wall of the Armed Forces Memorial where the of more than 15,000 servicemen and women killed on duty since the end of World War Two are inscribedImage copyright PA
Image caption During a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, the Queen laid a wreath next to a section of the Armed Forces Memorial where the names of those killed in 2010 are inscribed. The memorial bears the names of more than 15,000 servicemen and women killed on duty since the end of World War Two.

2012

Queen Elizabeth II on stage outside Buckingham Palace in London with Charles, Camilla and a host of pop stars at the Diamond Jubilee concert during celebrations to mark her 60 years as sovereign.Image copyright PA
Image caption On stage outside Buckingham Palace with Charles, Camilla and a host of pop stars at the Diamond Jubilee concert during celebrations to mark her 60 years as sovereign.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II joining The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) for a group photograph during her visit to Howe Barracks in Canterbury, KentImage copyright PA
Image caption Queen Elizabeth II joining The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) for a group photograph during her visit to Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent.

2014

Actress Angelina Jolie being presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth IIImage copyright PA
Image caption Actress Angelina Jolie being presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace.

2015

Elizabeth aboard a steam train in ScotlandImage copyright PA
Image caption At 17:30 on 9 September 2015, Elizabeth had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes – surpassing the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. She spent the day in Scotland, thanking well-wishers at home and overseas for their “touching messages of kindness”. With Prince Philip she travelled by steam train from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, where she formally opened the new £294m Scottish Borders Railway.

2016

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Prince's Trust Centre in Kennington, LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption Ninety years in 90 pictures. Happy birthday, Your Majesty.

All photographs © Press Association

Some of these images appeared before in a picture gallery when the Queen became the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

 

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