Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, talk with the Very Rev. John Hall, dean of Westminster Abbey, as they leave the traditional Royal Maundy service at Westminster on her 85th birthday. (Yui Mok/Associated Press)
The Associated Press reports:
For the first time, Elizabeth’s birthday has coincided with Maundy Thursday, the day marking Jesus’ Last Supper, when the queen traditionally gives special coins to as many men and as many women as the years of her life.
In honor of the queen’s birthday, we look back on her life in photographs:
This 1935 photo shows, from left, Elizabeth, the duchess of York, followed by her daughters, five-year-old Princess Margaret and nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, arriving at London's Olympia for the Royal Tournament. (Agence France-Presse) Then-Princess Elizabeth and her new husband, Prince Philip, leave London's Westminster Abbey after their wedding Nov. 20, 1947. (Associated Press) Queen Elizabeth II wears the bejeweled Imperial State Crown and carries the Sovereign’s Orb, in left hand, and the Sovereign’s Scepter with Cross as she leaves Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, after her coronation ceremony. When Elizabeth II assumed the British throne in 1952, royal privacy was sacrosanct. (Associated Press) President Gerald M. Ford and first lady Betty Ford pose with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip outside the North Portico of the White House on July 7, 1976. (Associated Press) Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Prince Charles and Diana, princess of Wales, arrive in the House of Lords for the state opening of Parliament on Nov. 3, 1982. (United Press International) Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, arrive at Westminster Abbey in London to attend funeral services for Princess Diana in 1997. (Joel Robine/Agence France-Presse)