Britain celebrated the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday with tributes to a popular monarch who has steered it through the decline of empire and a wave of scandals to the Internet age.
The sovereign, who has been on the throne since 1953, emerged from Windsor Castle dressed in a lime green outfit and matching hat to accept presents and flowers from hundreds of well-wishers.
Prime Minister David Cameron hailed her as “a rock of strength for our nation,” and her son and heir, Prince Charles, marked the occasion by reading Shakespeare in a special broadcast on BBC radio.
Later on, the monarch, who last year overtook her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria to become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, will host a family dinner to celebrate.
She will also light a beacon, the first in a chain of a thousand that will be lit around the country and the world, symbolizing the length of her life and her reign. (AFP)
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