Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 90th Birthday With Three New Portraits

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain turned 90 today, and celebrated that with three new portraits. All were photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Turning 90 is a special birthday for anybody, and Queen Elizabeth II has made sure she celebrates it in style. Publications around the world have reported on it, and many British towns have held or will hold street parties in celebration. One of the ways to celebrate is through the addition of three portraits.

The first is on the East Terrace steps at Windsor Castle with her favorite animals in the world—her dorgies and corgies. She stands on the steps, looking away from the camera, with the four dogs around her.

In the second, she is in with her only daughter, Princess Anne. The two sit on one of the couches at Windsor Castle.

The third photo is with her great-grandchildren and the two youngest grandchildren in her family. 12-year-old Lady Louise and 8-year-old James, Viscount Severn stand slightly behind her and are her two grandchildren from the Earl and Countess of Wessex. Mia, 2, is Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s daughter, and stands to Elizabeth II’s right proudly holding a blue bag. Closely to her left is 50year-old Savannah, daughter of Peter and Autumn Phillips. Peter’s other daughter, 4-year-old Isla, is the furthest away. Looking shy in between Elizabeth II and Isla is third-in-line to the throne Prince George, and his baby sister Princess Charlotte sits on Elizabeth II’s knee.

The three photos come on the date of Elizabeth II’s birth, April 21, just a day after her first celebratory photo. She took one of her three immediate heirs to the throne; all in a different generation. Her son Prince Charles sits on her right, with grandson Prince William sitting on her far left. In between them, great-grandson Prince George stands on a box to be at the same height as the seated queen.

While Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday, last year she celebrated becoming the longest-reigning British monarch. She had already become the oldest British monarch, both of these overtaking her ancestor Queen Victoria.

Featured image used with rights from the Open Government License: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II#/media/File:Queen_Elizabeth_II_March_2015.jpg

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