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Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday portraits

Her Majesty's young grandchildren and great-grandchildren huddle up for a portrait to celebrate her 90th birthday

By Andrea Tim | Published: 21 Apr 2016

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Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The Queen of England turns 90 today, marking another milestone in her 64-year reign. To celebrate, Annie Leibovitz photographed Britain's longest-serving monarch with some of her youngest family members as part of a new series of portraits.

The big group photo was taken in Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room. Queen Elizabeth II is surrounded by two of her youngest grandchildren and all five great-grandchildren. By royal custom, she carries her 11-month-old great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte on her lap. Prince George, third in line to the throne, stands next to his sister. Also in the photo are (from left) 8-year-old James, Viscount Severn and 12-year-old Lady Louise, the children of the Queen's youngest son the Earl of Wessex and his wife the Countess of Wessex; 2-year-old Mia (carrying the Queen's handbag), the daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall; 5-year-old Savannah and 4-year-old Isla, the daughters of the Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

In another photo taken on the grounds of Windsor Castle, Her Majesty poses with four of her dogs – from left to right, they are Willow, Vulcan, Holly and Candy. Willow and Holly are Welsh Corgis, but Vulcan and Candy are a mix of Dachshund and Corgi.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

The last photo is of the Queen with her only daughter Anne, The Princess Royal, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Yesterday, a photograph of the Queen with her three heirs, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, was released for a specially commissioned stamp sheet by Royal Mail. Further celebrations include a BBCOne documentary, Elizabeth at 90 - A Family Tribute, and a few sneak peeks have been posted on Twitter. What a birthday this will be!

Related: This is quite possibly Prince George's cutest photo ever


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