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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday today

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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 96th birthday on Thursday, a few weeks before celebrating her Platinum Jubilee in June.

Born on April 21, 1926 in London, Elizabeth II acceded to the British throne on the death of her father George VI on February 6, 1952, and was officially crowned on June 2, 1953. Her coronation is also the first to have been broadcast to television.

With now more than 70 years of reign, Elizabeth II is the British monarch having remained the longest on the throne. Major festivities will also be organized from June 2 to 5 at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

According to information from the Mirror, the queen should celebrate her birthday this Thursday at Sandringham House, one of the residences of the British royal family, where also resided Prince Philip, her husband, who died a little over a year ago. year. “The Queen decided very recently that for her birthday she wanted to be as close as possible to her late husband and in an environment that was very close to both of their hearts,” a royal source told the British press.

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The Queen regains her health

The Queen is expected to be joined by other members of the Royal Family, but it is not yet known whether Prince Charles or Prince William will attend. Last week, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle took advantage of their trip to the Netherlands to make a stopover in the United Kingdom and visit the Queen, a first for more than two years, when the couple had made the decision to withdraw from the royal family.

Some sources also told the British tabloid that the Queen’s stay at Sandringham House was a rather encouraging sign of her health. In recent months, she has indeed had to cancel some of her public performances several times due to health problems since October, which have never been made public. She had also caught Covid-19 last February, and said she was “exhausted” after contracting the respiratory infection. She notably missed the Easter Sunday church service last week, for the first time in fifty years.

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