The Queen's birthday

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The Queen is 87

We've assembled a selection of pictures from around this time of the year through the Queen's lifetime. Click through the slides to see them

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2012: Diamond Jubilee celebrations

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2011: William shows off his helicopter

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2008: on a school visit

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2006: during a tour of Australia

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2000: watching a display by fire service cadets

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1993: at a state banquet in Thailand

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1981: with Prince Charles and Diana, then Lady Spencer, in Buckingham Palace

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1977: looking at pictures from her silver jubilee tour

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1971: visiting Chelmsley Wood shopping centre near Birmingham

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1969: with a young Prince Chales at Windsor Castle

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1964: with a young Prince Edward and a baby Prince Andrew

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1959: at Windsor Castle with Philip

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1956: in the uniform of Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards

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1953: after the crowning ceremony at Westminster Abbey

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1947: engagement picture

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1940: on a cart with her sister Princess Margaret

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1932: returning home

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1927: in a carriage at Windsor Castle

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1927: a new princess