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Wednesday, August 4, 1999 Published at 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK


Picture gallery: The Queen Mother's 99th Birthday

Thousands of admirers gathered outside the Queen Mother's official London residence, Clarence House, to wish her a happy 99th birthday.

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She emerged to loud cheers and a serenade from the Welsh Guards who marched past playing "Happy Birthday".

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Terry Hutt from Essex was among fans who had queued for days to get the best view.

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All kinds of Royal gifts were on display.

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A uniformed chauffeur ferried the Queen Mother along The Mall in a golf buggy so that she could meet more of her admirers.

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Jennifer Hawkins from Worthing had waited four nights to wish the Queen Mother many happy returns.

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Hundreds of children waited excitedly to hand over their bouquets.

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Thomas Lincoln, 6, Emma Lincoln, 8, and Aida Seyun, 8, all brought baskets of flowers for the Queen Mother.

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The nation's favourite Royal looked relaxed and happy as she chatted with people in the crowd and accepted birthday gifts from well-wishers.

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The Queen Mother with her grandson Prince Charles and great-grandchildren Prince William, 17 and Prince Harry, 15. Teenage girls in the 4,000 strong crowd screamed as the handsome young princes appeared

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