The Queen Elizabeth II 83rd birthday

April 21st, 2009 - 1:41 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Queen Elizabetth IIToday, the Queen Elizabeth II will mark her 83rd birthday at Windsor Castle, but she won’t have the day off work, Buckingham Palace said.

The queen’s London office said the monarch has nothing special planned or any public engagements scheduled, but she will probably go through the stack of official papers she receives as head of state. She has long done that every day of the year, except Christmas.

A royal salute will be fired at noon in Hyde Park in central London to mark the occasion by the King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery. The queen’s birthday is celebrated twice a year; once privately, on her actual birthday, and again with an official national celebration in June.

The British monarchs have been celebrating their birthdays in June, since the 18th century. On Saturday, the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, became the longest-serving consort in British history, surpassing the 57 years and 70 days that Queen Charlotte was the consort of King George III.

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