Royal tributes flow for the Queen as she celebrates her 96th birthday

“It’s particularly special to be celebrating in this #PlatinumJubilee year.”
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The Queen celebrated another spin around the sun yesterday, receiving tributes on social media from her royal family, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles.

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The official Royal Family Instagram page kicked off the special occasion with a black-and-white photo of the monarch in 1928 when she was just 2 years old.

“Happy Birthday Your Majesty!” the caption read. “Today as The Queen turns 96, we’re sharing this photograph taken when she was 2-years-old.”

“Then Princess Elizabeth, she was the eldest daughter of The Duke and Duchess of York and was never expected to become Queen. Her life changed in 1936 when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated, her father became King George VI and the young Princess became the heir presumptive.

“Following the sad death of her father in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II aged just 25, and this year is celebrating 70 years on the throne – a first in British history.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton were next to wish her happy birthday. (Credit: Getty)

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s accounts were not far behind as they celebrated the Queen’s birthday by sharing two photos in her honour.

The first photo was of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Queen as she visited Kate’s Back to Nature garden at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.

The second photo showed the Queen and her late husband Prince Philip seated on a couch and surrounded by their great-grandchildren born at the time.

Written alongside the photo was a sweet caption that read: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!”

“An inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world, it’s particularly special to be celebrating in this #PlatinumJubilee year.”

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The Queen with Kate and William at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show. (Credit: Getty)

The Clarence House Instagram account, representing Prince Charles and Camilla, followed quickly after, sharing five photos of the Queen at various royal moments over the years.

“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a particularly special 96th birthday today, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year,” they penned.

The post started with a solo shot of the smiling Queen at the G7 Reception last year, followed by two other photos showing the Queen’s relationship with Prince Charles and his wife.

One photo captured the Queen and Camilla smiling at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2011, and the other of Prince Charles kissing his mother’s hand at the Diamond Jubilee Concert the same year.

A throwback photo of the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne from 1956 at the Windsor Horse Show was also featured in the post, followed by another shot of just the Queen and Camilla.

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The Queen, Camilla and Charles at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2011. (Credit: Getty)

The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie also took a moment to pay tribute via her personal Instagram page, sharing a photo from Trooping the Colour in 1998.

In the photo, the Queen waves to the crowds from the Buckingham Palace balcony as she stands alongside Prince Philip and a young Princess Eugenie.

“Happy 96th Birthday Granny!” she penned. “You have been such an inspiration to me and so many across the world. Thank you for your support, love and strength. Xx.”

Her mother Sarah Ferguson also shared warm words for the Queen, posting a solo shot of the smiling monarch on her Instagram account.

“Happy Birthday Your Majesty. What an amazing day of celebrations for the most inspirational Head of State, leader, Wife, Mother, Granny, Great Granny and Mother in Law.”

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The Queen, Prince Philip and Eugenie at Trooping the Colour in 1998. (Credit: Getty)

It comes after the Royal Windsor Horse Show released a new photo of the Queen to celebrate her birthday, which falls on April 21.

Taken last month on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the shot featured the Queen with two of her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale.

The Royal Family Instagram alluded to Her Majesty’s historically long rule in the caption, writing: “First staged in 1943, The Queen has attended every single Royal Windsor Horse Show.”

The Queen’s landmark Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be held in June in line with the monarch’s “official” birthday.

The Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated later this year. (Credit: Getty)

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