Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has turned 96.

To mark the occasion, a new portrait of the British monarch has been unveiled.

Shared on the official British Royal Family Instagram, the image showcases Her Majesty with two fell ponies named Bybeck Katie and Bybeck Nightingale.


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“Taken last month in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the photo is the fourth in a series of photos released by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, following images that celebrated the Golden Jubilee, the Platinum Jubilee and Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday,” the caption of the image said.

Birthday wishes

Messages to mark the monarch’s birthday came in their masses, led by her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

A series of images were shared on the Clarence House Instagram page of the Queen with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a particularly special 96th birthday today, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year,” the caption read.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a heartwarming message to Her Majesty calling her a global inspiration.

“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!” they said. “An inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world, it’s particularly special to be celebrating in this Platinum Jubilee year.”

70 years on the throne

This year marks 70 years since the monarch ascended to the throne in February 1952 after her father, King George VI, died.

She is the only British monarch ever to mark a Platinum Jubilee and is also the longest ever living monarch.

The Queen’s great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, is the second longest-reigning British monarch having reigned for 63 years, living until the age of 81.

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Images: Royal Family Instagram, Feature Image: henrydallalphotography.com