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Beacons lit across UK to mark Queen's 90th birthday

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By Euronews
Beacons lit across UK to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Crowds of well-wishers lined the streets of Windsor in the United Kingdom on Thursday to wish Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.

Many had been camping out overnight, eager to catch a glimpse of the British monarch as she and her husband Prince Philip passed through in an open top Range Rover.

The Queen was presented with a birthday cake at Windsor’s Guildhall building by the winner of the British TV series ‘The Great British Bake Off’ champion, Nadiya Hussain.

At Windsor Castle, the Queen lit the first of more than 900 beacons positioned across the UK and in Commonwealth countries.

Prince Charles told the crowds: “the beacon which her majesty is about to light will also represent as it lights other beacons across the nation, the love and affection for which you are held throughout this country and the commonwealth.”

The Queen’s official birthday will be celebrated in two months’ time.