Thirty jubilant photos of Queen Elizabeth II on her 88th birthday

With four bouncy great-grandchildren, an adoring public and her beloved husband of 66 years, Prince Philip, by her side, Queen Elizabeth II has plenty of reasons to be jubilant.

And while Her Majesty the Queen has not been given to extravagant displays of emotion in the past, she appears to be taking a more relaxed approach to public life as of late – most noticeably since the birth of Prince George last summer.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earn outpourings of support on tour Down Under, the future of the monarchy – and the Queen herself – has never looked brighter.

To celebrate our constitutional monarch, who turns 88 on April 21, HELLO! Online looks back at 30 joyous photos of the Queen over the years.

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