There isn’t British monarch has ever lived to be so old as Elizabeth II. Her Majesty has also reigned longer than any previous sovereign, outlasting Victoria last September. Victoria only made it to 81 and she was pretty immobile long before the end. With the events of this week they want to send out a clear message, as showing themselves to their people is what monarchs do, even at the age of 90. Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Party will be a celebration of The Queen’s life, her love of horses, her dedication to the Commonwealth and international affairs and her deep involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Over 90 minutes, 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants from around the United Kingdom and the World will create a joyful event for The Queen. The 90-year journey will take us from the excitement of the birth, through to World War Two, her marriage, the coronation and a reign of more than 60 years. On Wednesday 20th April there is the first engagement. It is a visit to the Royal Mail Windsor delivery office on William St, Windsor. On Thursday 21st April, for the second engagement, The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh will undertake a walkabout in Windsor.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) was born 21 April 1926. She is, and has been since her accession in 1952, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth. She is also Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Elizabeth was born in London to the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and was the elder of their two daughters. She was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during World War II, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with whom she has four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.