Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates Her 92nd Birthday

Prince Charles

Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

Elizabeth has led the Commonwealth since she became queen in 1952.

The event, featuring performances from Sting, Shaggy and Kylie Minogue, will be broadcast live on BBC TV and radio.

The event is a break in tradition for the queen who usually spends her birthday privately with little public celebration, although there were nationwide events to mark her 90th.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles, the 69-year-old heir to the British throne, has been approved as the next head of the 53-nation Commonwealth of the United Kingdom and its former colonies.

The Queen was born in London on April 21, 1926. Because of this announcement, Prince Charles will likely represent the queen in an honorary capacity at future commonwealth gatherings.

The monarch's grandson Prince Harry, who will marry U.S. actress Meghan Markle at Windsor on May 19, is the trust's new president and was due to give a speech at the concert.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were among the first to be pictured arriving at the venue this evening, with Meghan wearing a £1,148 Stella McCartney cape dress.

As is customary with monarch's birthdays, soldiers from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company fired gun salutes in London's Hyde Park and the Tower of London earlier on Saturday. That usually falls on the second Saturday in June, when she joins the Trooping the Color military parade in central London.

But many on social media were left confused over how two comedians and a man who had a chance at becoming Prime Minister ended up singing at The Queen's 92nd birthday party.

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