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Queen celebrating 82nd birthday

The Queen
The Queen, pictured last month, is celebrating her 82nd birthday

The Queen is celebrating her 82nd birthday by marking the occasion privately at Windsor Castle.

The Coldstream Guards Band played a rendition of Happy Birthday during the changing of the guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

And union flags were flown above government buildings and royal gun salutes were fired in her honour.

The Queen was due to spend the evening at a quiet dinner at the royal residence in Windsor.

She will be heading to Turkey next month for a three-day state visit.

The Queen has two birthdays, with her actual one coming on 21 April and her official one being held in June, celebrated with the Trooping the Colour parade.

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