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Celebrations mark Queen’s 90th birthday

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Celebrations took place yesterday around the UK as the Queen turns 90.

 

Crowds of cheering people lined the streets in Windsor as the monarch took part in a walkabout, and royal gun salutes were fired from each of the UK’s capital cities.

 

The Prince of Wales recorded a special radio broadcast for the day, in which he read an edited passage from William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.

 

On Twitter, the Queen thanked senders of “#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty” tweets.

 

In another tweet, the Queen said: “I send my best wishes to those who are celebrating their 90th birthday… on this shared occasion, I send my warm congratulations to you.”

 

The Queen, who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh during her tour in Windsor, was presented with a birthday cake at the Guildhall by the Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain, who had created an orange drizzle cake with a butter cream and marmalade filling.

 

The monarch also unveiled a plaque marking The Queen’s Walkway – a 6.3km trail that links 63 significant points in Windsor.

 

The trail was designed to recognise the moment on 9 September 2015 that the monarch broke the record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, by being on the throne for 63 years and seven months.

 

Later yesterday, the Queen lighted symbolic beacons in Windsor.

 

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