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UK's Queen Elizabeth turns 90



    TIMELINE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH'S REIGN: "A JOB FOR LIFE"



    Children wave union flags as they wait for Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to arrive at Tweedbank Station in Scotland, Britain September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

    HARRIET HARMAN: The Queen is now on her twelfth prime minister. We on these benches had hoped that she would now be on her thirteenth.






    DAVID CAMERON: Queen Elizabeth has seen twelve prime ministers, six archbishops, answered more than 3.5 million pieces of correspondence, and met more people than any monarch in history.

    At about 5.30 p.m. (1230 ET), Elizabeth, who now aged 89 is also the nation's oldest ever monarch, will surpass the 63 years, 7 months, 2 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes that her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria spent on the throne.




    Queen Elizabeth becomes UK's longest-reigning monarch

    ReutersQueen Elizabeth, who ascended the throne aged just 25 as her exhausted country struggled to recover from the ravages of World War Two, makes history on Wednesday when she becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

    The Prince of Wales (L), standing beside Queen Elizabeth II, raises his glass at a Buckingham Palace party November 13 1998. The Queen hosted the party on the eve of Prince Charles' 50th birthday.

    You would never have guessed at the beginning of the reign the queen would take part in a stunt in which she appeared to jump out of a helicopter with James Bond."

    - Royal biographer Robert Lacey, referring to her performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    Actors portraying the Queen and James Bond arrive via parachute after jumping from a helicopter during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
       

    Former US President George Bush jokes with Queen Elizabeth II before his departure from Buckingham Palace November 30th. Bush, who was on a private visit to Britain, was awarded an Honorary Knighthood, 30 November 1993. REUTERS/ Russell Boyce

    THE QUEEN AND I

    Photo slideshow of famous women meeting the Queen:

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) meets American singer Lady Gaga following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool 
    Queen Elizabeth II meets British pop-group The Spice Girls, (L-R) Emma, Victoria, Mel C, Geri and Mel B, after the Royal Variety Performance in the Victoria Palace Theatre, December 1 1997. 
    Queen Elizabeth greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Buckingham Palace in central London February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Lipinski/pool 
    Britain's former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher (L) is greeted by Queen Elizabeth II (R) during a service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands, at the Falkand Islands Memorial Chapel at Berkshire, southern England, June 14, 2007. REUTERS/Stephen Hird 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) meets Harry Potter creator JK Rowling at Bloomsbury Publishing in London March 22, 2001. REUTERS/ POOL 
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) puts her arm around Britain's Queen Elizabeth during a reception for G20 leaders at Buckingham Palace in London April 1, 2009. REUTERS/POOL via Reuters TV 
    Queen Elizabeth meets actress Joan Collins at a reception for the dramatic arts at Buckingham Palace in London February 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Crump/Pool 
    Actress Angelina Jolie is greeted by Queen Elizabeth before being presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, in the 1844 room at Buckingham Palace in London October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Anthony Devlin/pool 
    Queen Elizabeth meets actress Joan Collins at a reception for the dramatic arts at Buckingham Palace in London February 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Crump/Pool 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets stars of the BBC television soap opera Eastenders Barbara Windsor who plays (C) and June Brown (L) during her visit to set in London November 28 2001. REUTERS/ Stringer 
     
     

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    THE QUEEN'S JEWEL VAULT

    A look at Queen Elizabeth’s collection of crowns and jewels worn during her more formal engagements:

    St Edward's Crown, which hasn't been outside the Tower of London for 60 years, is displayed during a service celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation at Westminster Abbey in London June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jack Hill 
    The 1820 Diamond Diadem is seen during a media preview of the exhibition "The Queen's Coronation 1953" at Buckingham Palace in central London July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
    Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan III and IV brooch at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles before a gala dinner in Berlin November 2, 2004. REUTERS/Michael Kappeler 
    Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan VII necklace at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) poses with Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, before a banquet held during their state visit at Windsor Castle near London October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after the opening of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, London, October 16, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives for a Service of the Order of the Bath at Westminster Abbey in London May 9 , 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II accompanies Japanese Emperor Akihito to the State Banquet Hall at Buckingham Palace May 26. 
     
     

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    A young Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh walk in the grounds of Broadlands in southern England, the home of the Duke's uncle, Earl Mountbatten on their honeymoon, November 1947. REUTERS/The Royal Collection/Handout

    Keeping up to date with new technologies, she delivered her Christmas message in 2012 in 3D. Here she watches a preview wearing customised 3D glasses, studded with Swarovski crystals in the form of a "Q". REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool

    Riding her beloved horse in the grounds of Windsor Castle just days after her mother died, April 2, 2002. REUTERS/Dan Chung

    Queen Elizabeth is still 'the boss' as she approaches 90th birthday

    Reuters UKBritain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest monarch, turns 90 next Thursday showing no sign she will be retiring from the stage anytime soon.
    by elizabeth.culliford edited by jamillah.knowles 4/21/2016 10:12:41 AM
    THE ROYAL ROMANCE

    A look at Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's romance that has stood the test of time.

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave after the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in central London, Britain May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Carl court/pool 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh view the restored bed-chamber at the Maritime Museum in London, in this May 1, 1990. REUTERS/Mike Parsson
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth kisses her husband the Duke of Edinburgh at midnight in the Millennium Dome January 1 2000. REUTERS/Pool 
    The hand of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) is held by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, after her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, November 13, 2002. REUTERS/Russell Boyce 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip laugh at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Prince Philip arrive for Ladies Day on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet June 21, 2007.REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN) 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (R) and Prince Philip (L) talk at the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland September 6, 2014. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne 
     
     

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    With Nelson Mandela, London, July 9, 1996. REUTERS/Stringer

    THE FAMILY ALBUM
    A look at Queen Elizabeth in her roles as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

    Members of the British Royal Family sit for an official portrait in the white drawing room at Windsor Castle after Prince William's confirmation at St Georges Chapel March 9 1997. Pictured are, (Left to Right Front Row) Prince Harry, Diana Princess of Wales, Prince William, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, (back row Left to Right) King Constatine of Greece, Lady Susan Hussey, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, and Lord Romsey. 
    Prince George of Cambridge talks to Queen Elizabeth outside the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. REUTERS/Chris Jackson 
    Britain's Princes Harry (L) and William (2l), Britain's Queen Elizabeth
    II (2r) and the Duke of Edinburgh acknowledge the crowds from the
    balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour
    Parade held to mark the Queen's birthday in central London June 14,
    2003. REUTERS/Keith Waldegrave
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as Prince Harry pulls a face as they watch Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall leave St. George's Chapel. REUTERS/Alastair Grant 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Prince Charles point as they watch a sack race with Princess Anne (R) during The Braemar Gathering in Braemar September 5, 2009. The annual gathering, which is celebrated on the first Saturday of September, involves a series of local games and events and is traditionally attended by the British royal family. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne  
    Britain's Prince Charles kisses the hand of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, after she presented him with a Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour, during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London May 18, 2009.  
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth (L) and Prince William (2nd R) watch the annual Braemar Gathering in the Grampian Highlands of Scotland September 3, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Paterson 
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth talks with her grandson Prince William, watched by Prince Philip (R), after being shown around a Sea King search and rescue helicopter during a visit to RAF Valley, in north Wales April 1, 2011. REUTERS/Christopher Furlong
     
     

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