6 Ways To Celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday

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While our longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday in June, her actual birthday falls on 21 April. And the occasion has already been marked by the royal family, with each of the heirs sitting for a portrait alongside the Queen for a set of four commemorative stamps.

Royal Mail have released the historic image, featuring Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. The youngest Prince is perched on a pile of foam blocks to make him appear taller, as all four subjects need to be roughly the same height, and his signature cheeky smile is displayed proudly to the camera.

As she approaches her 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth has appeared on more stamps than anyone in history, unlike her great grandson, for whom this is his first. According to royal aides, Prince George was ‘good as gold’ during the photoshoot, which lasted around 25 minutes.

Want to own a set of commemorative stamps youself? You can buy the full sheet for £2.56 (the regular price of First Class stamps), and each of the four subects faces will have a perforated outline, so you’ll get one of each individual royal. The fact that each royal needed to be seperate explains why Prince George wasn’t able to sit in anyone’s lap, and most likely why Princess Charlotte doesn’t appear in the image.

Six further stamps have also been released ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, with half focusing on her family life and the rest looking at her official role – including one of her and her father.

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Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, at one of Her Majesty’s official residences. This exhibition will chart significant events in The Queen’s life through a unique collection of dress, jewellery and accessories. Opening at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on 21 April, the exhibition will then move to London at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in August 2016. Book your tickets here

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The BBC’s birthday documentary, which includes never-seen-before footage from Her Majesty’s home videos, was shown on her birthday. A rare insight into The Queen’s personal life and off-duty persona, you can catch up with it this Sunday night or online.

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Your very own birthday message for the Queen at thequeensbirthdaybook.com. There are even messages from celebs including Lorraine Kelly, Alan Titchmarsh and Dame Kelly Holmes, and you can also buy a 90th birthday commemorative medal which raises money for the Queen’s charities.

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Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch, a new audio-biography narrated by former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond. This newly written history uses actors and eyewitness observation to bring to life the story of our country’s monarch. Available to download for £10.99 at audible.co.uk/HRH

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Like a Queen with afternoon tea at Flemings Mayfair. Just a short walk away from her Majesty’s London home, Buckingham Palace, you’ll be served a chef’s selection of freshly made sandwiches, petit fours, homemade plain and raisin scones and a selection of the finest teas. Available 21-22 April, £90 for two people.
 

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