Queen's 96th birthday toasted with gun salutes as Royal Family lead tributes to 'inspiration'

The monarch is celebrating her birthday at the Duke of Edinburgh's cottage on her Sandringham estate, a property she said her late husband "loved".

The Royal Family has led tributes to the Queen on her 96th birthday as the occasion was toasted with 41 and 62-gun salutes

and a new photograph of the monarch was released.

Two salutes were fired, the first, at noon, of 41 guns by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, in Hyde Park, close to Buckingham Palace.

An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company, the City of London's Reserve Army Regiment,

fired 62 guns from Tower Wharf, close to Tower Bridge.

Earlier, a tweet from the Royal Family account shared a black and white picture of the monarch aged two, taken in 1928.