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Royal Family lead tributes to Queen on her 96th birthday as new photograph of monarch released

Written by on 21 April 2022

The Royal Family has led tributes to the Queen on her 96th birthday as a new photograph of the monarch was released to celebrate the occasion.

A tweet from the Royal Family account shared a picture of the monarch aged two, taken in 1928.

Back then, the message reads, “it was never expected she would be Queen, and this year Her Majesty is celebrating her #PlatinumJubilee – a first in British history”.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also tweeted two pictures, one of the couple with Her Majesty at the Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago and another of the Queen and Prince Philip surrounded by their great-grandchildren.

Calling the Queen “an inspiration”, they wrote: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!”

Prince William’s father, the Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also posted on Twitter.

They wished his mother “a particularly special 96th birthday” alongside various pictures including one of Charles kissing his mother’s hand.

Her Majesty is set to celebrate her the day at Sandringham, the Norfolk estate where she enjoyed family gatherings with the Duke of Edinburgh, her late husband.

To mark the occasion, the Royal Windsor Horse Show released an image of the monarch taken last month at Windsor Castle.

In it, the Queen is flanked by two ponies, called Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie.

It comes after an eventful Easter break during which she was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Harry said his grandmother was “on great form” when they met before he and wife Meghan travelled to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.

Speaking to NBC’s Today show, he said he wanted to make sure she was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.

It is thought the monarch will stay at the Duke of Edinburgh’s cottage Wood Farm while at Sandringham, a property she said her late husband “loved” as “sea was so close”.

The Queen spoke about the cottage on the property when she hosted a rare public event at Sandringham on 5 February, the eve of her Platinum Jubilee.

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Her Majesty, who is due to celebrate her 96th birthday on 20 April, has been experiencing mobility issues. 0:14 Queen seen leaving Sandringham

Teresa Thompson, 70, the retired housekeeper of Wood Farm, said after speaking to the Queen that day: “All the Royal Family love Wood Farm, because it’s out of the way, it’s small, it’s intimate.

“You haven’t got lots of officials, it’s just the close staff.

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“And they literally can relax in the family house, it’s wonderful, and I had a wonderful 22 years down there, it was the best time of my life without a doubt.”

Barbie unveils Queen doll

The Queen’s 96th birthday has also been marked by Barbie, with the toy brand releasing a limited-edition doll of the monarch.

Undated handout photo issued by Mattel of The Queen Elizabeth II Barbie doll to commemorate the Queen's historic Platinum Jubilee. Issue date: Thursday April 21, 2022. Image: Barbie has released a doll of the Queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee

Dressed in an elegant ivory gown and adorned with decorations of order, the doll also features a tiara modelled on Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, which Queen Elizabeth II wore on her own wedding day.

A pink ribbon on the figure imitates one given to Her Majesty by her father, George VI, while a blue one is based on a gift from her grandfather, George V.

It will be presented in a box inspired by the styles of Buckingham Palace and will include an inner panel showing the throne and the red carpet of the throne room.

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