The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry on route to Windsor. pic.twitter.com/9jmALaGc5e— Niraj Tanna (@IkonPictures) 21 April 2016
The lavish party hosted by Prince Charles was reportedly the largest gathering of the Royal family in years, with more relations in attendance than Christmas at Sandringham. The Telegraph reported "almost everyone" at the dinner was related to the Queen, including her four children, eight grandchildren, their respective spouses and extended family, including cousins. Whilst details of the party had been kept largely under wraps, Prince William said in a Sky News interview: "'It's going to be a fun schedule - a big dinner on her birthday I think as well. We’ll keep her up very late. She won't like that at all! After everything she's achieved it is quite a moment for the family."
Kensington Palace revealed William, Kate and Harry were "looking forward to celebrating with HM".
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The dinner was held in the grand Waterloo Chamber, created to display paintings of the Battle of Waterloo commissioned by George IV.
The Duchess was in lace for the night. Whilst the dress appeared green in the photo, the photographer suggested the Duchess wore black. It is not clear whether the gown is full-length or a cocktail dress either. Readers have suggested the dress bears some similarities to Kate's Temperley London Amoret Gown, her DVF Zarita Gown and several Dolce & Gabbana dresses (with thanks to Tiffany and What Kate Wore). Perhaps a bespoke piece by one of the aforementioned designers?
It was a momentous day of celebrations befitting the landmark birthday of our longest-serving monarch. Her Majesty and Prince Philip greeted wellwishers at Windsor during a walkabout. There was quite the turn out from royalists at home and abroad. The Queen looked resplendent in a spring grass-green coat dress and hat adorned with flowers by Angela Kelly.
Readers will recognise royal superfan Terry Hutt from the Lindo Wing. The fervent royalist donned his Union Jack suit and hat, and brought his camping gear to ensure he had the best opportunity to give his best wishes to the Queen on her birthday.
The birthday balloon!
Royal photographer Mark Stewart said Her Majesty seemed "genuinely moved" by the huge crowds that turned out in Windsor to wish her many happy returns.
Prince Charles led tributes to his mother. More from the Express:
'The heir to the throne described the years since her 21st birthday speech in South Africa back in 1947 – when she vowed to devote her life to service – as the 'Age of Elizabeth'. “As we celebrate her 90th birthday, she, like all of us, can reflect on a life that has inspired and encouraged millions of people in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Charles, 67, who will host a private Royal family dinner for the Queen at Windsor tonight. “In many ways, it’s a life that has defined our age.”
Sixty-nine years ago today the then-Princess Elizabeth took to the airwaves to broadcast the speech to the Empire from Cape Town, where she was on tour with her parents and younger sister, Princess Margaret. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” she vowed.'
A varied assortment of tributes to Her Majesty were made. The British Monarchy's Twitter Feed marked the day with balloons.
A quarter of a million tweets sending birthday wishes were made as of yesterday afternoon.
Astronaut Tim Peake sent a birthday message from space.
Gun salutes thundered throughout London as 41 volleys were fired by The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park.
Shortly before the young royals arrived, the Queen lit the first in a chain of more than 1,000 beacons that will be spread across the UK. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall joined her for the ceremony.
Charles said: "The beacons represent the love and affection with which you are held throughout the world."
Perhaps the biggest treat for royalists was the BBC documentary Elizabeth at 90. It's full of special moments, family footage and wonderful quotes. William said: "I would love to know their secret. I regularly ask them how they managed it as they are the most lovely couple. I hope Catherine and I have the same future ahead of us, when we are married for 68 years." The documentary is available on YouTube.
I hope it was a splendid day for the Queen and she enjoyed the party immensely.
Should any further info/photos emerge from the evening we'll update the post. Otherwise, we we will see you this evening when William, Kate and Harry welcome President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to Kensington Palace for dinner.