Queen Elizabeth II turns 85, attends church

2011-04-21 09:05

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is to mark her 85th birthday today by attending the traditional Maundy Service at Westminster Abbey – where the royal wedding will be held next Friday.

The televised service is seen as something of a dress rehearsal – at least for the media – for the nuptials on April 29 between Kate Middleton and Prince William, the queen’s grandson.

The queen is due to mark 60 years on the throne in June next year. She will celebrate her “official” birthday with a large military parade in mid-June.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed today that William and Kate visited the grave of Princess Diana, William’s mother, at her family home.

Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in August, 1997, is buried on a small island in a lake at her family estate of Althorp in Northamptonshire, in central England.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.