Woman of the hour! Queen Elizabeth II posed for a brand new portrait in honor of her 96th birthday on Thursday, April 21.
“Ahead of the Queen’s 96th birthday tomorrow, @royalwindsorhorseshow have released a new photograph of Her Majesty with two of her fell ponies, Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale,” the royal household’s official Instagram page captioned the snap on Wednesday, April 20.
In the photograph, Her Majesty, 95, is sporting a protracted, evergreen coat gown and black loafers. The queen is smiling as she holds onto two white horses whereas standing in entrance of a white, flowering tree.
According to the social media publish, the picture was taken in March on the grounds of Windsor Castle in England. It is the fourth snap in a collection of images of the monarch launched by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the household revealed.
The group beforehand unveiled images of Elizabeth for her Golden Jubilee, her Platinum Jubilee and her ninetieth birthday. “First staged in 1943, the Queen has attended every single Royal Windsor Horse Show,” the publish concluded.
The new birthday image comes amid the royal household’s countdown to her majesty’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in June. In honor of the milestone, which marks Elizabeth’s seventieth yr on the British throne, the Firm has been releasing a photograph a day by way of Instagram for the 70 days main as much as the celebration.
Each photograph is from a special yr of the queen’s reign, together with Wednesday’s black-and-white picture of Elizabeth standing beside Queen Margarethe of Denmark throughout a state go to to Copenhagen in 1979.
Us Weekly confirmed on Wednesday that Elizabeth plans to get pleasure from her upcoming birthday solo after making her way to Norfolk, England, earlier within the day. “The Queen will be spending her birthday privately,” Buckingham Palace advised Us in a press release.
While the royal won’t have family by her side for her special occasion, she not too long ago acquired a go to from grandson Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan Markle, on their option to the Netherlands for the 2022 Invictus Games.
“Being with her, it was great,” Harry, 37, said of his visit with Elizabeth throughout his interview with Today’s Hoda Kotb, which aired on Wednesday. “It was just so nice to see her. She’s [in] great form.”
The prince — who relocated to the U.S. with Meghan, 40, and their two youngsters, Archie, 2, and Lili, 10 months, in 2020 — famous that he and his grandmother shared a laugh when he noticed her final week.
“She’s always got a great sense of humor with me,” he stated. “Both Meghan and I had tea with her. It was really nice to catch up with her.”
Harry, for his half, reunited along with his household in April 2021 after the loss of life of his grandfather Prince Philip and once more in July of that yr to unveil a statue of his late mom, Princess Diana, at Kensington Gardens with brother Prince William.