Gun salute for Britain's Queen Elizabeth's birthday

STORY: The queen, who has stepped back from most public duties this year over concerns about her health, traveled from Windsor Castle, west of London, to spend her birthday at her estate in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Elizabeth became the queen of Britain and more than a dozen other realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, while she was in Kenya on an international tour.

Elizabeth has largely avoided the public spotlight after spending a night in hospital in October for an unspecified ailment and being ordered to rest. She tested positive for COVID-19 in February and has said she was left very tired.

She has missed events including the Remembrance Sunday gathering and Easter service, but she joined other members of her family and dignitaries at a memorial service for her husband Prince Philip at London's Westminster Abbey last month.

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