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President Sirleaf cogratulates Queen Elizabeth on 90th birthday

BBC's Lauren Turne/ Jos Garneo Cephas
Well-wishers brought a 90th birthday balloon to Windsor for the Queen
Well-wishers brought a 90th birthday balloon to Windsor for the Queen

Celebrations are taking place around the UK on the day the Queen turned 90.

Crowds of cheering people lined the streets in Windsor as the monarch took part in a walkabout, and royal gun salutes have been fired from each of the UK's capital cities.

The Prince of Wales recorded a special radio broadcast for the day, in which he read an edited passage from William Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

The Queen, who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh during her tour in Windsor, was presented  a birthday cake at the Guildhall by the Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain, who had created an orange drizzle cake with a butter cream and marmalade filling.

This was, in many ways, an ordinary working day for the Queen. Unveiling a plaque, meeting flag-waving members of the public on a walkabout, being presented a bouquet of flowers - these are things she did thousands times.

But the crowds weren't going to let her forget that this day, her 90th birthday, was something out of the ordinary.

Queen Elizebath, II

As part of her celebration, the Queen has received from her Liberian counterpart, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a message of good will.

In her congratulatory  message to Queem Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, President Johnson-Sirleaf extended heartfelt greetings on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia and in her own name.

According to a Foreign Ministry release issued in Monrovia April 20, 2016, the Liberian Leader pointed out: “As we join you in celebration, we  pay tribute to you as the longest serving Monarch in Britain's history”.

“The Queen’s modesty and call for national duty as citizens, inspired trust and rallied all British citizens during the Second World War and beyond, are distinct attributes that remind all national leaders of the scared obligations to their peoples," President Sirleaf said.

She also said: "The Liberian Government is appreciative of the friendship and good understanding which so happily subsist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Liberia, since the United Kingdom’s recognition of Liberia’s declaration of nationhood in 1848."

At the ceremony, as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh walked the short distance from Windsor Castle, a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday rang out - and it wouldn't be the last.

Some people had been waiting for hours and some for days to catch a glimpse of the Queen on the day she became the nation's first-ever nonagenarian monarch.

The crowds were 10 deep in places, with locals from Windsor desperate to see their royal neighbour standing alongside those from Canada, America and Japan. They came wearing Union Jack ties and wigs, and tights embellished with crowns.

 


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