Portrait of Her Majesty
(Queen Elizabeth II)

Yesterday, Monday, April 21, was the 88th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was born in 1926 to King George VI and his wife Elizabeth, in London.

While Queen Elizabeth II spent her birthday privately at home, in her honor gun salutes were fired in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and a new portrait of her was released, a black and white photograph by celebrated photographer David Bailey.

The mother of four princes and princesses, she ascended the throne in May of 1952 and has seen generations of change across the world.

She is the fifth-oldest head of state, being Queen of the United Kingdom and fifteen other countries including Belize.

Click here to see additional reporting on the new Queen Elizabeth II portrait, including a pictorial of her reign.

Patrick Jones