Britain’s Queen Elizabeth turned 90 on April 21, making her the oldest monarch in the world.
Many official and unofficial celebrations have been held to mark the occasion. A four-day pageant at Windsor Castle has even been planned for May, with more events scheduled to take place in June.
“It’s really sinking in now … just how much of a major milestone it is to have the queen celebrating her 90th, and after everything she’s achieved it’s quite a moment for the family,” the queen’s grandson and future king Prince William said in a Sky News interview broadcast on April 21.
The royal family released numerous portraits taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz shortly before the queen’s big day. These pictures mostly featured Queen Elizabeth with her loved ones, which included her corgis and her only daughter, Anne, Princess Royal.
One photo taken by Ranald Mackechnie for Britain’s Royal Mail, featuring Queen Elizabeth and her three heirs – her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, grandson William, the Duke of Cambridge and great-grandson Prince George – was also made into a stamp sheet.
The photograph was actually taken last year in the White Drawing Room of the Buckingham Palace in London.