Queen Elizabeth II Turns 91
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 6:31
The Queen, who turns 91 today, is Britain's longest-reigning monarch, as well as the longest serving living monarch in the world today.
Broadsided of cannon will be shot at the Tower of London and Hyde Park in order to mark the birthday of the oldest monarch in the world, who uses to celebrate her birthday only with her closest.
The royals have been sharing photos of the queen to mark the occasion on their social media profiles.
The monarch has given herself the day off from formal engagements and will mark the milestone privately at her home near London, where royal gun salutes will mark the day later on Friday.
The Daily Mail reports the queen is staying at Windsor Castle, where she spends a month in a time known as Easter Court.
The tradition of the double dose of birthday celebration dates back to King George II, whose birthday coincided with unfortunate British weather.
In September 2015, she became the longest-reigning United Kingdom monarch in history.
This year's celebrations will notably be low key compared to last year when the Queen hit 90, where there were street parties and lighting of a thousand beacons all over the country.
Elizabeth became Queen of England on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI.
She has begun handing over duties to other royals, standing down as patron of 25 bodies at the end of past year, including the Wimbledon tennis championships.
This year it takes place on Saturday June 17.
In this photograph taken on June 11, 2010, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she meets civil servants during her visit to the Cabinet Office in central London.
The contemporary teleseries, The Crown portrays for today's audience just how challenging was the role and position of the new 25-year old queen. From Churchill to Theresa May, the Queen has been an invaluable resource for a remarkable 13 prime ministers.
3 - number of dogs the Queen has left - one corgi, Willow, and two dorgis, Candy and Vulcan.