Queen Elizabeth celebrates 86th birthday

Gun teams from the Kings Troop of the Royal artillery fire a 41-gun salute in London's Hyde Park in honor of her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II's 86th birthday, in London, April 21, 2012. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

(CBS News) LONDON - The 41-gun salute was just another sign that queens aren't like you and me, including when it comes to birthdays.

Queens get two of them: Their actual birthday (and today is Queen Elizabeth's 86th) which Britain's monarch normally celebrates privately; and also an official birthday, celebrated in June with a military pageant - the Trooping the Color ceremony at which she DOES appear, even riding in it in her younger days.

The Queen has made an appearance of sorts - her image, made up of school childrens' drawings, is being projected on Buckingham Palace, part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60-year-and-counting reign, reports Mark Phillips.

Preparations for that are well under way, with the launching this week of the royal barge that will lead a Jubilee flotilla of a thousand boats along the Thames River through London the first weekend in June.

Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years as British queen

A projection formed of self-portraits of over 200,000 children form a montage image of Queen Elizabeth II on the front of Buckingham Palace in London, April 19, 2012 in an event organized by The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts to mark the lead-up to the Queen's diamond jubilee.
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Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, said the Queen will be spending the day at Windsor Castle having a quiet family lunch, and then putting her feet up in the afternoon. "Not very exciting, but for her that is a bit of a relief."

"She's 86 and Prince Philip is 90. Doing those overseas tours, with the change of climate and the actual exhaustion of flying, she just can't do it anymore. So, the family are doing it for her."

The Jubilee year has produced a significant farming out of royal duties to younger members of the family, as the Queen begins to wind down the number of her appearances. Her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has taken a more active role.

And Prince Harry toured the Caribbean and South America on his grandmother's behalf.

"You know, she's a fantastic woman," Harry said. "Not only as a grandmother, but as a queen, as everybody knows."

To watch the complete interview with Majesty's Ingrid Seward, click on the video player below.

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