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British queen marks 90th birthday, again

By Associated Press

British queen marks 90th birthday, again
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend a National Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London , June 10, 2016. (Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON — It's Queen Elizabeth II's birthday — still.

If it seems like the British queen celebrated her 90th birthday just a few months ago, that's because she did. On April 21, to be exact, when much of the nation came together to praise her long and constant reign.

But in the arcane ways of the British monarchy, that doesn't stop her from marking the event again with three days of festivities that started Friday with pomp, pageantry and prayer at St. Paul's Cathedral.

The British sovereign has two birthdays each year: One on the actual date of their birth and the other one in early June, when London's royal parks usually bask in sunshine.

The service Friday — which coincided with a 41-gun salute to honor the queen's husband, Prince Philip, on his actual 95th birthday — included other 90-year-old speakers. Among them were naturalist David Attenborough, who read from the works of 90-year-old Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, and Hilda Price, a woman born on the same day as the queen.

British queen marks 90th birthday, again
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive for a National Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, June 10, 2016. (Ben Stansall/Pool Photo via AP)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, set the tone by reminding Britain of the queen's long life and dedicated service.

"We look back on Your Majesty's 90 years in the life of our nation with deep wonder and profound gratitude," he said. "Through war and hardship, through turmoil and change, we have been fearfully and wonderfully sustained."

The monarch, dressed in a primrose yellow coat-dress and matching hat, turned to smile at a crowd of well-wishers singing "Happy Birthday" as she climbed the cathedral steps.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince William and his wife Kate, Prince Harry and dozens of other royals joined politicians and the wider community in a thundering rendition of "God Save the Queen."

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