The Queen in Windsor on the eve of her 90th birthday
(photo British Monarchy Instagram)
On the eve of her 90th birthday, Elizabeth II spent the day in Windsor, the town that gave her royal house its name.
She helped celebrate the anniversary of an organisation with royal in its name before visiting a park named after her great grandmother. And throughout it all, dressed in bright pink, the smiles kept coming.
She was also treated to the first rendition of 'Happy Birthday' sung for her publicly as her big day approaches. The Royal Mail choir, all in black, did the honours and even added hand movements at the end. The Queen looked rather impressed.
The first of many renditions of 'happy birthday' for The Queen, performed by @RoyalMail choir #Queenat90 pic.twitter.com/xuURMvu7b2— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 20, 2016
Then it was off to Alexandra Park in the town to officially name a new bandstand. And as this engagement was linked to music, there was no way anyone was leaving without at least one song.
In fact, there was lots of singing from local schoolchildren and lots of sunshine which is just what the birthday Queen looked like she wanted.
Schoolchildren sing for The Queen on the first day of events to mark Her Majesty's birthday #Queenat90https://t.co/wp65zd2SKD— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 20, 2016
The bandstand itself contains plaques paying tribute to the work of the Armed Forces - there are six, each featuring an important moment for the forces in each of the decades of the Queen's long reign.
Then it was back to Windsor Castle for a rest before the big day itself dawns. On April 21st 2016, the Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a 90th birthday. It will be another day on which she writes her name into the history books and the party is already under way.
There is a special page about the Queen at 90 here.