Queen Elizabeth’s milestone year

The Queen is looking forward to a busy 2016 - a year that will bring her official 90th birthday celebrations.

In her Christmas address, Queen Elizabeth said she is “looking forward to a busy 2016.”

On April 21, the Queen will turn 90 but the “official” celebration will unfold in June with the Trooping the Colour military display on Saturday, June 11.

It will be a jovial time in London as the previous day, the Queen will attend a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Then on Sunday, more than 10,000 people will enjoy a communal lunch in front of Buckingham Palace. But it isn’t just the Queen celebrating on June 10, her husband, Philip, turns 95.

Queen Elizabeth has been many things in the course of her long life: a lady, a girl guide, a Princess, a mechanic in the army, a mother, a Queen, a grandmother, a great-grandmother.

Here we look back at her life.

Click through to see the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth was born the first child of her parents, Queen Elizabeth and King George VI.

She was raised in London, with her sister Margaret, and was educated privately.

For the first time in history, a Princess was allowed to serve as a Girl Guide.

The Princess Elizabeth was also a member of the British Armed Forces. She is seen here leading the troops in a ceremony.

Princess Elizabeth was educated in arts, literature, and music by her governess, Marion Crawfield, or “Crawfie”.

After a string of love letters sent back and forth (which is how Prince Philip is rumoured to have won her heart), Elizabeth and her military sweetheart, Prince Philip of Denmark and Greece, became engaged.

Elizabeth and Philip were married on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Their wedding took place at the end of the second world war and Elizabeth required ration coupons to buy the material of her dress.

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The Queen’s Wedding

Princess Elizabeth gave birth to their first child in 1948, a boy she named Prince Charles.

Soon three other children followed, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Elizabeth’s father, George VI, died in 1952 and Elizabeth was crowned Queen a month later.

Queen Elizabeth with her family after her coronation.

Queen Elizabeth meeting Marilyn Monroe.

A portrait of the Queen in 1961.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Edward in 1971.

A smiling Queen Elizabeth in the rain.

Queen Elizabeth going to visit her new great-grandson, Prince George of Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth in 2013.

She’s still got that cheeky smile, she’s pictured here earlier in 2015.

Cracking a smile at a royal garden party.

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