Queen Elizabeth II marked her official 90th birthday on Saturday by taking salute at a special military parade in London where one-year-old Princess Charlotte proved to be the star attraction.
Around 10,000 people are expected to enjoy the street party on The Mall which will be filled with 1,000 tables to cater for the guests in the morning.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh prepare to leave Horse Guards Parade in a horse-drawn carriage following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, “Trooping the Colour”, in London on June 11, 2016.
Yesterday saw the penultimate celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday, with the Trooping the Colour Parade ending in a spectacular flyover at Buckingham Palace.
According to AFP, she favours bright colours for public appearances so she can be easily seen by crowds, although they are normally in more muted shades. “We could not wish you a happier birthday”.
The queen, who has been on the throne 64 years, turned 90 in April but her milestone celebration was held Saturday, keeping with a tradition dating back to 1748.
During her 64-year reign the monarch has been served by 12 prime ministers from Sir Winston Churchill to Mr Cameron, while Barack Obama is the 12th USA president to hold office over the same period.
The Queen appeared to find something George has done very amusing as Prince William attended his son and Prince Harry looked on standing behind.
The Duke also thanked the organisers of the Patron’s Lunch and his cousin, Peter Phillips, for putting on such an occasion.
Earlier in the day Audrey Asquith, from Reading, praised the event as she sat in the rain wearing a poncho and eating an ice cream. “I really do”, she said.
She and her husband had bought their tickets for the Patron’s Lunch and they had spent last night in London to ensure they would not be late for the start of the event.