Queen Elizabeth II turns 91 with day at the horse races

LONDON (AP) — Britain marked Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on Friday with gun salutes, as the monarch herself enjoyed a family day and a trip to the races.

The queen, who owns and breeds racehorses, was spotted smiling broadly and chatting animatedly Friday with jockeys and staff at Newbury Racecourse, not far from her Windsor Castle home.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II speaks with an unidentified man at an event at Newbury Racecourse in Newbury England Friday April 21, 2017. The Queen celebrated her 91st birthday on Friday. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

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She visited the racecourse with daughter Princess Anne and sat in the royal box to watch her thoroughbred Maths Prize run; it finished fifth.

Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II ‘s 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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There were also official celebrations in London, where a troop of the Royal Horse Artillery rode horse-and-gun carriages past Buckingham Palace before staging a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park at noon.

Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery take part in a ceremonial 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II ‘s 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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Outside the palace, a band of guardsmen in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats played “Happy Birthday” during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery First World war era fire 13-pounder field guns as part of a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park to mark Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II ‘s 91st birthday, in London, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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