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Queen Elizabeth II at 94

The Queen is celebrating her 94th birthday –  today we’re looking back at memories from the last nine decades.

From her childhood to her royal duties, hobbies and family life, these images and videos offer a glimpse into the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen viewing the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London in 1994

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Queen is pictured on July 21 2006 ahead of embarking on a cruise around the Western Isles with her family to celebrate her 80th birthday

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fires a 41-gun royal salute to mark the Queen’s 93rd birthday in Hyde Park, London, last April – there will be no gun salutes this year because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

A Buckingham Palace source said the Queen’s birthday will not be marked in any special way this year

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

Any phone or video calls she has with family will be kept private

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The bells of Westminster Abbey will also stay silent on her birthday for the first time in more than a decade

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The church where the monarch was married and crowned is currently closed, meaning the celebratory peal will not be able to go ahead

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Queen is with her husband of 72 years, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The couple are at the castle with a reduced household for their protection

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

But this year, the royals are staying away from one another as they follow the social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

They used their Kensington Palace social media accounts to share birthday congratulations for William’s grandmother

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

They wished the monarch a happy birthday alongside a picture of William and Kate showing the Queen around the duchess’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show last year

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Twitter account also sent its birthday wishes

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The prince is at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with Camilla

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex are all in their own separate homes around the country

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The Queen made a special broadcast earlier this month as the country faces an uncertain period during lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

Quotes from her broadcast to the UK and the Commonwealth are displayed in London’s Piccadilly Circus

Queen Elizabeth II 94th birthday

The royal family’s Instagram Stories shared facts and photos about the Queen’s childhood as part of activities for parents who are homeschooling to coincide with the week of her birthday

The Queen on Video

Pictures might say a thousand words, but nothing brings the past to life so vividly as video. Here are some of the most fascinating clips of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the years.

Queen Elizabeth II: watch how Her Majesty has changed

Clips of The Queen as a child

The Queen at the Diplomatic reception

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 1957

Diamond Jubilee weekend: The Thames Pageant

 

What are your favourite memories of The Queen?

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