Published: Sat, June 11, 2016
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Queen Elizabeth II and family mark 90th birthday with parade

A weekend of celebrations begins for Queen Elizabeth II as she officially marks her 90th birthday.

In honor of this particular outfit, please recall the time Harlem school children were reportedly disappointed upon meeting Kate because they thought she'd be Princess Elsa.

Prince Phillip, who has been married to the Queen for 68 years, also turned to 95 on Friday. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, turns 95 today.

Early Friday in London (Thursday evening ET), the palace released the fourth and final Leibovitz photo portrait of the queen, following three other pictures released in April, the month of her actual birthday.

Speaking before the ceremony, MU Chief Executive, Beverley Jullien said, "The Queen's patronage gives a sense of solidarity in faith, commitment to family, and consistent values of service to others which inspire Mothers' Union members across the generations".

Surrounded by her family, leading figures from national life and ordinary people who have made outstanding contributions, the Queen was honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury for sustaining the country "through war and hardship, through turmoil and change".

William, Kate and Harry later joined 1,800 guests at London's Guildhall for an after-service reception where the Lord Mayor of London Jeffrey Mountevans paid tribute to the Queen's "unfailing service" to the nation.

Then on Saturday Elizabeth will attend the traditional Trooping the Colour parade of soldiers in ceremonial uniforms in central London followed by a fly-past of Royal Air Force aircraft over Buckingham Palace.

The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel of the Welsh Guards, the Princess Royal, Colonel of the Blues and Royals, and the Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards, will be on horseback.

The event was attended by a star-studded congregation comprising David Attenborough, Clare Balding, former prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair and senior figures of the Cabinet including Chancellor George Osborne, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and PM David Cameron.

Meanwhile, Mail Online reports that Prince Harry told Grenada High Commissioner Karl Hood "the best birthday present for the Queen would be to have a day off, so she could lie about and do nothing".

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