LONDON: The sound of a gun salute tore through central London on Friday to celebrate the 91st birthday of Britain's , with the world's longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward.
To mark the occasion the BBC opened its morning news broadcast with the national anthem, "God Save the Queen," while the country's foreign secretarytook to Twitter.
"Hip hip hooray for The Queen," he wrote, adding "happy birthday Ma'am!"
Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street in central London when Calvin Coolidge was US President and Joseph Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union and became queen in 1952 at 25.
This year's celebrations are a notably more low-key affair after a year of festivities to mark her hitting 90.