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The longest-reigning monarch in British history turns 90 on Thursday, but Queen Elizabeth II is not planning a major, fireworks-filled celebration to mark the happy occasion. Just a gentle stroll

that's what my dad did when he was 16 in 1946 (his brother helped him to alter his birth certificate so that he seemed 18); however, signing up for the Raf for 8 years was more than he had anticipated & he couldn't wait for his time to be up!! Help Us Salute Our Veterans by supporting their businesses at and Hire Veterans VIA Repin and Link URLs

The private life of the Queen: Intimate and rarely seen photographs from the 40s, 50s and 60s show Her Majesty's more relaxed side

Princess Elizabeth, aged 20, in her sitting room at Buckingham Palace on July 19, 1946 {The private life of the Queen Elizabeth: Intimate and rarely seen photographs show Her Majesty's more relaxed side}

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 1946 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, right, enjoys a joke with her father King George VI, in the g...

QUEEN ELIZABETH II was presented with this 3 carat diamond solitaire engagement ring from Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, which came from his mother’s tiara. They married in 1947

HMS Apollo (M01/N01) was an Abdiel-class minelayer of the Royal Navy, the eighth RN ship to carry the name. She served with the Home Fleet during World War II, taking part in the Normandy Landings before being transferred to the British Pacific Fleet. Put into reserve in 1946, she was recommissioned in 1951, serving until 1961, and was sold for scrapping in 1962.[1]

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One's off-duty family album: A peek into the Queen's private life as she cares for corgis and relaxes outdoors

Garden party: Princess Elizabeth, then 20, relaxes in the grounds of Royal Lodge, Windsor, in 1946 with her father King George Vi, sister Margaret, 16, and their mother

Diamond Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth early photos

Elizabeth and Margaret pose in evening gowns in 1946. Then 20, the elder princess had already fallen in love with a distant relative whom she'd met seven years earlier and with whom she'd kept up a correspondence – her future husband, Prince Philip. The couple were secretly engaged the same year this photo was taken.

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