Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes

The queen is Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on Feb. 8, 1952

By: AP | London | Published:April 21, 2017 6:50 pm
queen, Elizabeth, queen Elizabeth, queen birthday, latest news, latest world news Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire First World War era 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II ‘s 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Britain is marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrates quietly at home. A troop of the Royal Horse Artillery will ride horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace before staging a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park at noon (1100GMT). There will also be a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London an hour later.

The queen is Britain’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on Feb. 8, 1952. She is also the world’s longest-reigning living monarch since the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year.

The queen usually spends her birthday privately. She also has an official birthday, marked in June — when the weather is better — with the “Trooping the Color” military parade.

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