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New Zealand celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s birthday


Wellington –  New Zealand on Thursday marked the 90th birthday of its Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prime Minister, John Key, said in Wellington that he had written to the Queen in Britain on behalf of the New Zealand government to mark her 90th birthday.
“Queen Elizabeth is a beloved figure here and we value her role as Queen of New Zealand.
Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, the Queen’s Representative in New Zealand, said no other contemporary world figure had a birthday celebrated so widely.
“For most of us, Queen Elizabeth is the only sovereign that we have ever known.
“She has been a constant presence in our lives, she is our longest-reigning monarch and she is the oldest person to have occupied the throne,’’ he said.
A report says the New Zealand Defence Force marked the birthday with a 21-gun artillery salute at midday in Wellington.
It added that the New Zealand Post, the state mail carrier, announced to celebrate the event with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin.
The “lenticular’’ or moving stamps featured nine different images of the Queen on three stamps. (Xinhua/NAN)

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