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How The Queen Is Celebrating Her 90th Birthday

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Jun 10, 2016
How The Queen Is Celebrating Her 90th Birthday

If you still haven’t figured out how to celebrate your birthday, take a page from the Queen’s book.

Today marked the beginning of the three-day weekend in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Today is also a milestone for the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as he celebrates his 95th birthday.

Speaking of milestones, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been married for 68 years. Let that just sink in for a moment.

It is known that the Queen has two birthdays. (link previous article) Her official birth date which is April 21st while she celebrates in June. This is a tradition that goes back as far as 250 years ago due to wanting better weather for monarch’s official celebrations.

The national service of thanksgiving was held today at the St. Paul’s Cathedral. There were many cheers and trumpet blows from the large crowd of onlookers as the Queen entered the event dressed in yellow. The Queen was accompanied by over 50 of her royal family members including Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and Prince William and his wife Kate.

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Other people that made up the roughly 2000 people at the service included politicians, former prime ministers, John Major and Tony Blair, and other nonagenarians such as the creator of the Paddington bear series, Michael Bond.

The service was led by Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby who stated that the Queen had kept the country “through war and hardship, through turmoil and change”.

Other weekend festivities include the traditional trooping color parade on Saturday, which is the official birthday of the Queen. This will be followed by lunch by the mall in front of the palace for approximately 10,000 charity workers, patrons, and the royal family members.

Photo Credits: Splash News