The Queen has taken a quiet break in Sandringham, her estate in Norfolk, eastern England, according to Buckingham Palace.
The queen is seen in a photograph produced to commemorate the occasion, standing between two fall ponies named Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie. According to the royal family’s Twitter feed, the photo was taken in the grounds of Windsor Castle in March.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, used social media to wish the Queen a happy birthday.
Weekend celebrations, Platinum Pudding, and a flag pageant The Queen’s 70th year on the throne will be commemorated in a number of ways, according to the Palace.
The tweet states, “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!” “It’s particularly special to be celebrating in this #PlatinumJubilee year, as an inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world.”
The Queen also received birthday greetings from Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very special 96th birthday today, as we commemorate her Platinum Jubilee year,” the couple wrote on Twitter.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorates seven decades since her accession to the throne in 1952, making her the longest-reigning British monarch and the world’s longest-serving female head of state.
A number of events will take place around the UK throughout the year to commemorate the historic occasion, culminating in the Jubilee Weekend, a four-day national bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
To commemorate the jubilee, Mattel has released a Barbie doll in the monarch’s likeness.
Barbie is dressed in an ivory gown with a blue riband and a tiara. It will be available for purchase starting on Thursday.
Prince Harry has stated that he wishes to ensure that the Queen is ‘protected.’
Following a recent episode with Covid-19, the Queen admitted that she was “extremely fatigued and exhausted.” In February, a monarch butterfly was found to be infected with the virus.
When her grandson Harry, Duke of Sussex, saw her in mid-April, he stated she was “in terrific form.”
In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show that aired Wednesday, he stated, “It was just so good to see her.”
“After a certain age, you become weary with birthdays,” Harry said ahead of his grandmother’s 96th birthday.
“We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anyone else,” Harry said of his connection with the Queen, adding, “We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anyone else.”