The Queen celebrated her birthday in style over the weekend as friends and family came out in force to mark her special day.
Televised for us all to see, the royal family put on a stylish bash with a whole show of pomp and ceremony. There were singers, actors and animals galore to wish the Queen well on her 90th birthday.
Well known for being an animal lover, the Queen had over 900 horses attend the spectacle as part of the parade, and as various acts, and even some of her fellow royals, featured in the entertainment. Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Zara Tindall and Lady Louise Mountbatten all rode in the parade of horses to honour their mother and grandmother.
Prince Charles greeted his mother with a kiss when she arrived
Her Majesty the Queen arrived in style, by horse drawn carriage of course, and was greeted by her son Prince Charles who gave his mother a swift kiss on the cheek when she appeared.
Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry enjoying the show
The Queen was seated with her husband Prince Phillip as well as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The Queen chats with husband Phillip during the ceremony
Ant and Dec were presenting the show, and introduced a whole host of acts from singers Gary Barlow and Katherine Jenkins performing moving songs to Jim Carter and Helen Mirren reciting historical moments from the Queen’s life.
There was one point that made the whole audience jump, and made Prince Phillip cover his ears in surprise, when a gun salute was let off and was rather more loud than might have been expected!
Katherine Jenkins wowed the audience with a rendition of I Vow to Thee, My Country
But it has to be said, the star of the show was a tiny white Shetland pony who put on the performance of a lifetime. The little animal was instructed by ‘horse whisperer of France’ Jean-Francoise Pignon who could amazingly make it trot about on two legs and do all manner of tricks. All of which made the mini stead a firm favourite with viewers.
Kate Middleton had a night off to enjoy the celebrations!
To round off the evening, Dec summed up the feelings of the nation when he told the Queen: ‘Congratulations to you Ma’am on a remarkable milestone – 90 magnificent years – as a Princess and a truly inspirational monarch.
Kylie treated the audience to a rendition of I Believe In You
‘Throughout your reign you’ve represented our nation with integrity and modesty and on behalf of 12 nations, 600 members of your Armed Forces, 900 horses, not to mention the dogs, the cattle and the regimental goat, on behalf of the 1,500 participants here tonight we would like to wish you a very happy birthday, Your Majesty.’