Quiet celebration as Queen marks birthday

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THE Queen was today celebrating her 77th birthday with a quiet day at Windsor Castle.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said she would be spending the day privately with the Duke of Edinburgh and other family and friends.

A number of 21-gun salutes were being fired at noon to mark the occasion.

The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, were sounding a salute in London’s Hyde Park, while gunners from 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (Volunteers) were doing the same from Edinburgh and Stirling Castles.

Yesterday the Queen braved a chilly morning to attend Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

She was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family, including the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

After the service she accepted a bunch of yellow tulips from Amie Scott, aged six, from St Austell, Cornwall, who stepped forward from about 100 people watching to present her with the flowers.

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