Queen Elizabeth II Turns 91: Royal Palace Shares Rare Baby Photo in Honor of Her Birthday

So sweet! In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s 91st birthday Friday, April 21, the Palace released a rare glimpse of her as a baby.

In the black-and-white photo, 1-month-old Queen Elizabeth II is held by her parents, Queen Elizabeth and King George VI, at her christening in May 1926. 

The Queen Mother (then the Duchess of York) and her husband King George VI (then the Duke of York) holding their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening in May 1926. The photo was shared by Buckingham Palace on its @RoyalFamily Twitter account to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday.
The Queen Mother (then the Duchess of York) and her husband King George VI (then the Duke of York) holding their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening in May 1926. The photo was shared by Buckingham Palace on its @RoyalFamily Twitter account to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday. PA Images/Sipa USA

Prince William and Prince Harry’s grandma is said to be celebrating the milestone birthday privately, but is being honored around town and across the nation.

A troop of the Royal Horse Artillery rode horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace Friday before conducting a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park in the queen’s honor. She was also celebrated with a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

Queen Elizabeth II on her 91st birthday, attending the Dubai duty free spring trials meeting at Newbury Racecourse on April 21, 2017 in Newbury, United Kingdom.
Queen Elizabeth II on her 91st birthday, attending the Dubai duty-free spring trials meeting at Newbury Racecourse April 21, 2017, in Newbury, U.K. Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

The birthday girl — with four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren — is Britain’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch in history. 

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