Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 96th birthday

London, Apr 21 (EFE).- The United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 96th birthday on Thursday at the Sandringham estate.

The Royal Family’s Twitter account marked the occasion with a photo of a young Princess Elizabeth aged two.

“Then, in 1928, it was never expected she would be Queen, and this year Her Majesty is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee — a first in British history,” the post read.

Elizabeth II was not born to become queen but her fate changed when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 and she, the daughter of King George VI, became crown princess.

She assumed the throne years later in 1952.

The queen will officially celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, 70 years as the head of state, between June 2-5 with a grand parade and many other events.

American toymaker Mattel has launched a Barbie doll dressed in white, with a tiara and a blue sash to mark the occasion.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, described the monarch as “an inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world,” in their birthday tweet.

Elizabeth will be celebrating her birthday at her residence in Sandringham where she always spends Christmas. The estate was one of her late husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh’s, favorite spots.EFE


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