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The Queen hosts glamourous dinner party at Windsor Castle ahead of her birthday

He Majesty turns 93 in just thirteen days

Andrea Caamano

The Queen has hosted a glamorous dinner party in Windsor Castle just 13 days shy of her 93rd birthday. The Monarch welcomed a total of 23 guests to her Easter residence and was helped by none other than her son Prince Andrew.

Guests of honour included the High Commissioner for Rwanda and Canada. Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani was also present, as was her private secretary Edward Young and his spouse. It's not surprising that Her Majesty had the Duke of York on hand to help entertain the guests. Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's father lives just three miles south of Windsor Castle at the Royal Lodge.

Her Majesty temporarily moved to Windsor Castle weeks ago, where she will spend her Easter holidays. The Queen's husband Prince Philip is also there and was spotted carriage driving just days ago. The 92-year-old monarch, who will not return to London until after her birthday on Easter Sunday, will be joined by members of the royal family for the long bank holiday weekend.

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In the past, she has celebrated with Prince William and Kate, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and her granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie among other relatives. With a royal baby on the way, it's unlikely that Prince Harry and Meghan will join the royals at church in Windsor although they won't be far; the Sussexes have moved to their new Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, located in the Home Park.

William and Kate may also be absent as they will be busy with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who have one month off school. The Cambridges have been spending the Easter holidays at their country home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, where they often go for the children's half-term breaks. It's a particularly exciting holiday this year, as baby Prince Louis is turning one on 23 April, two days after the Queen's birthday.

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