Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, turns 90 Thursday.But just because she’s a Queen, doesn’t mean she doesn’t put her pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us common folks.
Britons and the whole world celebrated her long and dignified reign.She has been on the throne for 64 years and will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.
The queen at 90 across the decades personal popularity, and in Windsor, the small town whose name was adopted by the monarchy to purge it of its Germanic roots, it seemed the whole town had turned out to see Elizabeth II.Her Majesty seemed delighted to see every one of those she stopped to greet. The floral tributes came thick and fast, and cries of “Happy birthday” followed the Queen as she went walkabout.
It is a far cry from the 1990’s which saw divorce and the death of Princess Diana nearly bring the British monarchy to its knees, but since then the Queen has steadily rebuilt her standing despite republicanism making some advances in public opinion.
Not only has Britain’s longest-reigning monarch already beaten the average U.K. life expectancy by nine years, she’s also among the top 25 richest people in the world.