Birthday PHOTOS and images from the life of the Queen of England

Elizabeth II turns 96 on April 21! Against all odds, the queen keeps her leadership and her touching smile. Relive, in pictures, the highlights of the majestic life of the Queen of England.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! Elizabeth II turns 96 on April 21. And this last year has been rich in emotions.

A few days after celebrating (in private) his platinum jubilee for her 70 years of reign, on February 6, Elizabeth II had been tested positive at coronavirus. Achievement of “mild symptoms“, according to Buckingham Palace, the sovereign was resting in her Windsor castle. Since then, she has made a few public appearances, notably at the mass given at Westminster Abbey, in tribute to her late husband, Prince Philip, on 29 March 2022.

If no public celebration has been organized on the day of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth IIsince the date of February 6 marks the mourning of his father George VI, who died in 1952, festivities are set to take place in the UK, June 2-5. On the program: concerts, “great lunches” in the streets and cake competitions.

Born in London on April 21, 1926, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also got into the habit of double birthday party: privately on D-Day, then during an official ceremony in June, according to an age-old tradition intended to escape the whims of the weather (Legend has it that rain often falls in the United Kingdom)…

Elizabeth, Alexandra, Mary Windsor is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, the granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary. Her fate changes when her uncle, King Edward VIII, renounces the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, making her the new crown princess of the kingdom.

Fallen madly in love with the Prince of Greece and Denmark at the age of 13, Her Majesty has, according to her friends, never laid eyes on another man. The Duke of Edinburgh (unfortunately died in April 2021 aged 99) is her best friend, her staunchest ally, the only one, in her words, who treats her “like a normal human being”.

In April 1942, Princess Elizabeth was appointed, on her 16th birthday, Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. Two years later, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as an apprentice driver of ambulances and military trucks. She is now recognized as “the only head of state in the world who wore the uniform in 39–45…”

Instituted on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25, (crowned on June 2, 1953) Queen Elizabeth II broke the longevity record held by her great-grandmother Victoria who reigned between 1837 and 1901. She even broke the record which was held by the King of Thailand (Rama IX), who died on October 13, 2016, remained on the throne for 69 years!

And His Majesty is always unanimous. If, in 2001, one in three Britons wanted to see her abdicate, this figure has fallen over time to one in five, according to an Ipsos MORI poll. “The Queen is extremely popular, due to her personality and her work”, explains Professor Roger Mortimore, of King’s College. “She managed to ensure that the institution remains popular (…) and the monarchy is promised a bright future”although gradually slipping towards gerontocracy, Prince Charles, the first heir in the order of succession, being himself 71 years old.

Emeritus rider, great-grandmother, keen on canines, Lilibet has walked 62 dogs, seen 15 Prime Ministers, 7 Popes, as many Archbishops of Canterbury and visited ten French Presidents.. Faithful to her “oath of the Cape”, uttered on the occasion of her 21st birthday, she devotes her life, “whether long or short”, to the service of her subjects, observes an unfailing political neutrality, continues to ensure receptions, public appearances and official trips at a frenetic pace (393 official engagements in 2014 to 341 in 2015 and 332 in 2016)… Always on the right foot, the queen? In November 2019, the press competed in superlatives to comment on a series of photos showing her, on the back of a horse, in Windsor, without a bomb, with a simple scarf tied on her head….

Moreover, Elizabeth II even asserts herself as one of the last cohesion factors in a United Kingdom plagued by regionalisms, deeply divided since the vote for Brexit and the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, and still confused by the “Megxit“, the flight of Meghan Markle and Harry for a new life. If the queen is initially deeply pained by the decision of her beloved grandson (and the fact that he did not warn her before say goodbye on social networks), the Queen then masterfully arranges the situation and avoids that the anathema is cast forever on Archie’s parents.

After calling several emergency meetings with his family to discuss Megxitshe finally states in January 2020: “After months of conversations and recent discussions, I am delighted that together we have found a constructive and encouraging outcome for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be beloved members of my family“. The royal scandal is avoided… Elizabeth II, a rock even in the storm.

Even when the storm is global and out of control, like the coronavirus wave which has struck the globe for several years, Elizabeth II keeps her leadership and manages to unite the troops, appease the spirits and instill the hope that “better days will come“, as she hammered home in her April 2020 televised address.

Ironically, the protocol services are actively preparing the royal funeral for several years, funerals organized under the code name “London Bridge” whose queen herself would oversee all the details with meticulousness… God save the Queen!