Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes

— She has had 13 British prime ministers serve during her reign, from Winston Churchill to Theresa May.

LONDON — Britain is marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrates quietly at home.
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The queen is Britain’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on Feb. 8, 1952.

— She has travelled more than 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometres) on official trips, visiting 106 countries.

There will also be a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London an hour later. A troop of the Royal Horse Artillery will ride horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace before staging a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park at noon (1100GMT).

— She has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She also has an official birthday, marked in June — when the weather is better — with the “Trooping the Color” military parade.
She is also the world’s longest-reigning living monarch since the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year.

— She is the world’s longest-reigning living monarch since the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year.



The queen usually spends her birthday privately.

— Elizabeth has reigned for 65 years and 75 days. On September 9, 2015, she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

— She has visited Canada 22 times —the largest number of trips to any nation.

presidents, from Herbert Hoover (after he left office) to Barack Obama, more than a quarter of all the U.S. She is due to host President Donald Trump for a state visit later this year. presidents since Independence. — She has met 12 U.S.
Here’s a look at some milestones and numbers related to the queen: Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, is Britain’s oldest-ever monarch and the world’s longest-reigning king or queen.

— She has cut back on her official duties in the last few years, but Elizabeth still conducted 332 official engagements in 2016.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo, File via AP) This is a Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as she meets residents during a visit to Priory View, an independent living scheme for older residents, in Dunstable, England, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.