Queen Elizabeth’s birthday celebrations suffered a setback when a female rider fell off her horse.

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The young trooper took the tumble while galloping with the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Hyde Park to mark the queen turning 82 yesterday (21.04.08).

Luckily, the rider – who was sporting two medals – suffered no serious injury as she got to her feet, smiled and rejoined her comrades.

The queen missed the ceremony, which also featured a 41-gun salute using 13b
First World War guns, because she was celebrating at her favoured royal residence Windsor Castle.

The royal opted for a low-key affair this year, preferring to enjoy a quiet dinner with her family. As is tradition on the queen’s birthday, British flags were flown at
government buildings and gun salutes were fired.

At Buckingham Palace – the monarch’s official residence – the British army’s Coldstream Guards Band treated onlookers to a rendition of Happy Birthday during the changing of the guards.

The queen has two birthdays – April 21 is the day she was born, while her coronation took place on June 2.