The Royal Family on Twitter marked her birthday with an image of the monarch when she was just two years old, writing, “Today as The Queen turns 96, we’re sharing this photograph of the young Princess Elizabeth aged 2. Then, in 1928, it was never expected she would be Queen, and this year Her Majesty is celebrating her #PlatinumJubilee—a first in British history.”
Before her birthday Queen Elizabeth received a special visit from her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle. The pair, who have distanced themselves from the royal family in the past two years, visited for tea, according to The New York Times, at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Sussex later shared on the Today show, “I’m just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, honored the queen in a series of images they shared on their official shared Instagram account. One image, which had been previously shared, was a group photo of the Queen and Prince Phillip amongst most of their grandchildren from 2018.