Crowds of well-wishers and a 41-gun salute celebrate the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's longest-serving monarch. Diane Hodges reports.
(NAT OF GUN FIRING) A 90-gun salute, a military band, and crowds of well-wishers all greet Britain's Queen Elizabeth in London as she celebrates her 90th birthday. Born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, central London, she assended the throne in 1952. Last year, the Queen surpassed her great-great-grandmother, Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British monarch of all time, and the second-longest ruler in the world. Only Thailand's King xxx has ruled for longer. In Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron called her a tie that unites the British commonwealth. (SOUNDBITE) DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "From the end of the Cold War to peace in Northern Ireland. Throughout it all, as the sands of culture shift and the tides of politics ebb and flow, Her Majesty has been steadfast - a rock of strength for our nation, for our Commonwealth and on many occasions for the whole world," The birthday celebrations will continue into the summer. In May, there will be a four-day pageant at Windsor Castle, and in June a street party for 10,000 guests on the grand avenue leading to Buckingham Palace. A recent poll found 70 percent of Britons want her to remain as queen compared to 21 percent who think she should abdicate or retire. ...although all indications are that she has every intention of carrying on.