Current Events | Happy Birthday to the Queen & Fondest Farewell, Prince
Friday 22nd April, 2016
by TIG Studio
On April 21, 2016, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday. While the queen usually prefers to spend the day privately, on this milestone, the day began with greeting the crowds lining the streets in Windsor with Prince Philip, 94, to whom she has been married for 68 years, longer than any other British monarch. The day also included the lighting of the first of more than 900 beacons across Britain and overseas as part of the birthday celebrations, as well as an orange drizzle cake with a butter cream and marmalade filling, created by the Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain.
Above, the queen out riding at Windsor Castle with a young Prince Charles, May 18, 1961
Born in London in 1926, Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne when she was 25, her coronation being the very first to be televised; it was watched by over 20 million people in the United Kingdom. The queen’s reign has spanned 12 British prime ministers, seven Archbishops of Canterbury and seven Popes; during this time, she has sat for more than 130 official portrait paintings, and visited 117 countries. In 2012 she became the second British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, and in 2015, became the UK’s longest reigning monarch.
Every year the queen celebrates two birthdays — her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. Celebrations of her official birthday this year will take place from June 10-12.
Above, visiting Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play polo, May 2, 1956
To mark her 90th birthday, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was invited back to the palace to capture the British monarch in three official photographs.
Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter, Princess Anne, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, April 20, 2016. Official photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
The queen at Buckingham Palace with her two youngest grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, from left to right: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise, Mia Tindall, Princess Charlotte on the queen’s lap, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips. Official photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
And sadly, on the very same day, came the shocking news that legendary musician and superstar pop icon Prince Rogers Nelson passed away suddenly at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota. He was 57. While the cause of death is still unknown at this time, the musician’s private plane made an emergency landing at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, on April 15 en route home from a concert in Atlanta. He was rushed to a nearby hospital with flu symptoms that had worsened during the flight. The concert, on the evening of Thursday, April 14 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta would be his last.
Regarded as a musical genius with a reputation for perfectionism, Prince was multi-instrumentalist, record producer and innovator. Combining rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, Prince was regarded as the pioneer of the Minneapolis sound. He leaves behind a creative and musical legacy that is hard to follow and there is another star in the night sky.