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Friday, August 6, 1999 Published at 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK


Happy birthday Queen Mother

Born on 4 August 1900, the Queen Mother has lived through two world wars and a century of change. BBC News Online celebrates Her Majesty's 99th birthday with live coverage from her London home plus a look back at her life.

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Birthday cheers for Queen Mother

Crowds of admirers have wished the Queen Mother a happy 99th birthday outside her London home - Her Majesty emerged to loud cheers and a serenade from the Welsh Guards .

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The coronation of George VI in 1937
The Queen Mother takes part in a rendition of 'Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree' at a summer camp in 1939
Her Majesty's broadcast to the nation at the outbreak of World War II

The Queen Mother visits London's east end during the blitz
The Queen Mother joins in the celebrations for VE Day
Horse-racing is one of the Queen Mother's passions. Here she is in 1973 at Sandown racecourse.
The Queen Mother celebrates her 90th birthday

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