Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday (April 21) as the Band of the Irish Guards play 'Happy Birthday' for her. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, turns 91 on Friday (Aptril 21) but will celebrate in her usual low key fashion. The Band of the Irish Guards played 'Happy Birthday' for the royal in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Artillery gun salutes in London's Hyde Park and at the Tower of London will mark the occasion although the queen has no formal engagements planned herself. Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926 in central London when Calvin Coolidge was U.S. President and Joseph Stalin had just taken control in the Soviet Union. She became queen in 1952 aged 25. The royal still regularly carries out official duties although she has cut back on the number of engagements in recent years, passing these onto other members of the Windsor family such as to her son and heir Prince Charles and grandsons, Princes William and Harry.