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April 21, 1926: Born, Elizabeth II of England. Here she is a few years later, in 1929. Although today is the Queen's actual birthday, it's not her OFFICIAL birthday, which is celebrated in June in the United Kingdom. In Canada, it's the Monday before or on May 24th (Queen Victoria's birthday), and in Australia and New Zealand on the second and first Monday in June, respectively, to open the ski season. Queen Elizabeth is the only head of state alive today to serve in uniform during World War…

April 21, 1926: Born, Elizabeth II of England. Here she is a few years later, in 1929. Although today is the Queen's actual birthday, it's not her OFFICIAL birthday, which is celebrated in June in the United Kingdom. In Canada, it's the Monday before or on May 24th (Queen Victoria's birthday), and in Australia and New Zealand on the second and first Monday in June, respectively, to open the ski season. Queen Elizabeth is the only head of state alive today to serve in uniform during World War…

The Queen and Burmese - In 1969, The Canadian Mounted Police presented Queen Elizabeth II with Burmese, a black mare. The Queen rode her for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony for almost 20 years. Burmese died in 1990. For the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Goverment of Saskatchewan commissioned a statue of the Queen riding Burmese, which was unveiled in 2005.

The Queen and Burmese - In 1969, The Canadian Mounted Police presented Queen Elizabeth II with Burmese, a black mare. The Queen rode her for the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony for almost 20 years. Burmese died in 1990. For the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the Goverment of Saskatchewan commissioned a statue of the Queen riding Burmese, which was unveiled in 2005.

Queen Elizabeth wearing a tartan skirt holding a walking stick with corgis beside her and Prince Philip wearing kilt at Balmoral in 1994

Three poignant portraits released to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Queen Elizabeth wearing a tartan skirt holding a walking stick with corgis beside her and Prince Philip wearing kilt at Balmoral in 1994

HM King Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor) with his niece, Princess Elizabeth of York (later Queen Elizabeth II).

HM King Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor) with his niece, Princess Elizabeth of York (later Queen Elizabeth II).

La princesse Elizabeth (à gauche) sur le balcon du palais de Buckingham avec de gauche à droite, sa mère Elizabeth, le premier ministre britannique Winston Churchill, George VI et la princesse Margaret le 8 mai 1945.

La princesse Elizabeth (à gauche) sur le balcon du palais de Buckingham avec de gauche à droite, sa mère Elizabeth, le premier ministre britannique Winston Churchill, George VI et la princesse Margaret le 8 mai 1945.

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