Prince William and Kate Middleton lead birthday tributes for Queen Elizabeth's birthday

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led the birthday tributes to Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine took to Instagram and Twitter to post a picture of them with his grandmother, the Queen, on her 94th birthday on Tuesday (21.04.20) and they added the message "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 94th Birthday today!"

Queen Elizabeth's son Prince Charles and his wife Duchess Camilla shared a selection of pictures on Twitter and wrote: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 94th Birthday."

And the Royal Family's Instagram account provided a treat for fans as it shared private footage from the Royal Collection Trust, showing the Queen as a young girl with her family.

A message on the account explained: "Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen's 94th birthday.

"In this private footage from @RCT, we see The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret."

The Queen's birthday celebrations will be muted this year, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The usual gun salutes and ringing of bells at Westminster Abbey will not go ahead, as Britain remains in lockdown due to the deadly coronavirus.

Ceremonial gun salutes, in which blank rounds are fired from various locations across London, are usually used by the royal family to mark special occasions.

However, this year the monarch asked that her birthday is not marked with a gun salute as she felt it was inappropriate during the current health crisis.

Instead, Queen Elizabeth will celebrate the day quietly at Windsor Castle with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98.

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🎂🧁🎈Happy birthday to Her Majesty! To celebrate The Queen's birthday we are sharing a chocolate cupcake recipe from The Royal Pastry Chefs. If you or a loved one are celebrating a special occasion during isolation why not treat yourself to some #RoyalBakes? Remember to share your creations with us! Ingredients for the cake sponges - (serves approximately 15) 15g vinegar 300ml milk 50ml vegetable oil 60g butter (melted and cool) 2 eggs 5ml of vanilla essence 250g of self-raising flour 75 of cocoa powder 300g caster sugar 10g bicarbonate of soda 100g white chocolate chips cupcake cases Ingredients for the buttercream topping: 90g of high percentage dark chocolate 100g butter 125g icing sugar Option to also use Royal icing, instead of buttercream: Royal icing available pre made in shops Add food colouring to create different colours Cake sponge method: -Preheat the oven to 150 C -Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl -Whisk the eggs in a separate jug, with the vanilla essence, melted butter, oil, milk and vinegar -Slowly add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, little by little -Ensure the batter is smooth with no lumps -Finally add the chocolate chips (alternatives could be nuts, dried fruit) -Lay the cupcake cases onto a tray -Use a metal spoon to equally divide the mixture into the cases -Bake for around 15-18 minutes, take out of the oven when golden and springy on touch -Leave to cool Buttercream icing method: -Cream the sugar and butter together, until light and creamy -Add in the warm melted chocolate -If you have a piping bag to hand, pipe the icing on the top of cakes for decoration (otherwise gently use a teaspoon or small spatula to ice) Royal icing method: -If decorating with royal icing, roll the icing out and cut into circular disks -Lay the disc over the cupcake and mould to required shape We hope you enjoy! #RoyalBakes 🧁

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