The Queen was celebrated on her 96th birthday with the release of a brand new photo released by Buckingham Palace.
The occasion was marked by the publication of a photo showing her indulging her passion for horses and ponies.
Standing with two of her Fell ponies, the Queen was pictured early in preparation for the Royal Windsor Horse Show, which commissioned the image.
Meanwhile, the Royal Family have paid tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch in a series of social media posts where her Majesty has been hailed as an “inspiration to so many across the UK”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account tweeted a photo of William and Kate with the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago and another image of the monarch and Duke of Edinburgh surrounded by their great-grandchildren -children.
The message read: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!
“An inspiration to so many across the UK, Commonwealth and the world, it’s especially special to celebrate this year’s #PlatinumJubilee.”
The British Monarchy’s official Twitter account also acknowledged the Queen’s milestone with a black and white photograph of Princess Elizabeth from the time.
The tribute read: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty!
“Today, as the Queen turns 96, we share this photo of 2-year-old Princess Elizabeth.
“Then in 1928 she was not expected to be Queen, and this year Her Majesty celebrates her #PlatinumJubilee – a first in British history.”
The Queen traveled from Windsor to her Sandringham estate on Wednesday to stay at a property loved by her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, for his birthday.
She has already received birthday wishes from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and shots will be fired in her honor later on Thursday.
This year, the Royal Windsor Horse Show will mark the Platinum Jubilee with A Gallop Through History, an equestrian exhibition featuring horses from around the world.
It has been billed as a “personal tribute to our monarchy” and will feature over 500 horses and over a thousand performers taking the public on a journey from Elizabeth I to the Queen.
The new photograph of the Queen was taken in March in the grounds of Windsor Castle by Henry Dallal, who was also commissioned to take a formal portrait of her to mark her 90th birthday.
To the Queen’s left is the pony Bybeck Nightingale and to her right is Bybeck Katie. Both animals will feature in A Galop Through History.
Her Majesty’s love for the equine world is something she shared with her mother, and she has been breeding and racing horses for over 60 years.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-21 07:58:22