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Thousands sing "Happy Birthday" to Queen Elizabeth II



LONDON – The audience at the Royal Albert Hall got a rare treat on Saturday ̵

1; the chance to sing "Happy Birthday" to the longest reigning monarch in British history.

Queen Elizabeth II, with her eldest son, Prince Charles at her side, waved to the crowd as they celebrated their 92nd birthday in song.

Charles got an enthusiastic response when he introduced her as "Her Majesty, Mummy".

The Queen took center stage after a varied pop concert with British singers Sting, Tom Jones and Jamie Cullum, as well as Australian star Kylie Minogue, who had long been a fan here.

Shaggy and Craig David also performed, and the celebrations took a long walk to commemorate a speech Elizabeth gave on her 21st birthday and video of her Golden Jubilee when around 1 million people gathered in front of Buckingham Palace to honor her.

She was flanked in the royal box by Charles, the heir to the throne, and Prince William

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle were also present, generating a round of applause as they took their seats. The couple will marry at Windsor Castle on May 19

Prince William's wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, was absent. She is expecting the third child of the couple.

The husband of the queen, Prince Philip, was also missing. He is recovering from the hip replacement surgery.

The show featured contemporary melodies, but included songs from earlier eras, including selections of "My Fair Lady" – one of the queen's favorites – and a sentimental rendition of "Wonderful World." 19659005] In honor of the day, honor salutation was held in Hyde Park, the Tower of London, a castle in Wales, and the city of Windsor.

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday April 21, which she usually marks privately with her family, and her "official birthday" in the summer. This usually applies to the second Saturday in June, when she joins the military parade "Trooping the Color" in London.

Elizabeth's right birthday took place this year at the Commonwealth Government's meeting of Commonwealth Government officials in England

The Queen has led the disparate group consisting of Britain and its former colonies since they took over the throne in 1952.

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This story was corrected to show this Saturday was the actual birthday of the Queen, not the "official" birthday she observed in June.

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