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Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with quiet day, gun salutes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/21/2017
Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — Britain marked Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday on Friday with gun salutes, as the monarch celebrated quietly at home.

FILE - This is a Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she meets residents during a visit to Priory View, an independent living scheme for older residents, in Dunstable, England, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo, File via AP) © The Associated Press FILE - This is a Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she meets residents during a visit to Priory View, an independent living scheme for older residents, in Dunstable, England, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, April 21, 2017. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo, File via AP)

A troop of the Royal Horse Artillery rode horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace before staging a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park at noon (1100GMT.)

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Outside the palace, a band of guardsmen in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats played "Happy Birthday" during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

There was second salute with 62 guns at the centuries- old Tower of London.

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The queen is Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, having become queen on Feb. 6, 1952. She is also the world's longest-reigning living monarch since the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year.

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire First World War era 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire First World War era 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The queen usually spends her birthday privately. She also has an official birthday, marked in June — when the weather is better — with the "Trooping the Color" military parade.

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery First World war era fire 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery First World war era fire 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain's Queen Elizabeth II 's 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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