On her birthday, today, Tuesday, 22 April, she has requested that there be no gun salutes to commemorate her birthday, which is the first time in her 68-year reign that this is happening.
In lieu of the grand celebrations, the royal family still found a way to honour and celebrate the queen on her birthday, and they did it in a very special way. They share throwback pictures alongside memories of the queen’s early life.
Some of the memories they shared include pictures and details of when the queen was born, her parents, The Duke and Duchess of York who later became King and Queen, as well as her younger sister, Princess Margaret.
Included was the first speech that Queen Elizabeth gave during the second world war, as a young fourteen-year-old. The caption of the Instagram post reads:
“Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!
“Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday.
“In this private footage from the @royalcollectiontrust, we see The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) playing with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret.
“Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty!
“To those of you also celebrating your birthdays today at home, with or without your loved ones – we send you many happy returns.
“Visit our highlight to learn more about The Queen’s childhood.”
See the photos that were shared below:
In addition, the royal bakery shared some cakes that they made to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. See pictures below: