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Holy heck, it's Queen Elizabeth II's birthday! Happy 90th, you ol' face of a former empire. Elizabeth is known for many things: corgis, hats, tiny purses with nothing in them, saving Great Britain's monarchy, etc. She's also the first of her kind to make it this far in life!
As a part of the celebrations today, she did a drive-by in Windsor, wearing one of her famous hats, white gloves, and a matching long, green coat. She looks positively spring-ified in the winter of her life; it's a completely inspirational image. And speaking of inspirational images involving the queen on her birthday, here are some more: