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Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes

The Associated Press | posted Friday, Apr 21st, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Queen Elizabeth II reacts after presenting New Colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Windsor Castle on April 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Cathal McNaughton - Pool /Getty Images)

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 local time. 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.

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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.

Earlier this year, the Queen became the first British monarch to reach the milestone of 65 years on the throne.

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