Queen Elizabeth II Is Marking Her 96th Birthday Privately: Know More About The Event

Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 96th birthday privately on Thursday, retreating to the Sandringham estate in eastern England.

Elizabeth is expected to spend the day at the estate’s Wood Farm cottage, a personal sanctuary where she also spent her first Christmas since Philip’s death in April 2021 .

Philip loved the cottage, in part because it is close to the sea, she said in February when hosting a rare public event at Sandringham.

This birthday comes during the queen’s platinum jubilee year, marking her 70 years on the throne.

While Thursday will be low-key, public celebrations will take take place June 2-5, when four days of jubilee festivities have been scheduled to coincide with the monarch's official birthday.

The day marks yet another milestone in a tumultuous period for the monarch, who has sought to cement the future of the monarchy amid signs of her age and controversy in the family.

The queen got an early birthday treat last week, when grandson Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, paid her a joint visit for the first time

Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Elizabeth has spent much of the past two years at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she took refuge during the pandemic. It’s been a little over a year since the death of Philip, her spouse of more than 70 years.

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