Queen Elizabeth II meets Coldsteam Guards at Victoria Barracks after colours presentation
The Queen

In Pictures: Queen Elizabeth II With The Military

Her Majesty was the first female in the Royal Family to join the Armed Forces as a full-time member.

Queen Elizabeth II meets Coldsteam Guards at Victoria Barracks after colours presentation

Traditional gun salutes to mark the Queen's 95th birthday today have been cancelled for the second consecutive year.

Her Majesty has decided it would be inappropriate for the traditional military show of firepower, with royal mourning continuing following the death of Prince Philip.

In 2020, the traditional gun salutes also did not take place, in what was believed to be a first, due to the coronavirus crisis.

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June 1953, when she was 27 years old and 16 months into her role as sovereign.

Her Majesty has had a long, established relationship with the UK Armed Forces.

It began during World War Two, when as Princess Elizabeth, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. 

She signed up in 1945, aged 18, and become the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Forces as a full-time member, learning to maintain and drive vehicles.

After the war, her bond with the military has continued to grow.

Cover Image: Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the Coldstream Guards at Victoria Barracks in 2012 (Picture: Crown Copyright).