President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the occasion of the Queen’s 91st birthday tomorrow.
Queen Elizabeth was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later known as King George VI, and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon).
She married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947, became queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953. She is the mother of Prince Charles, heir to the throne, the grandmother of princes William and Harry as well as great grandmother to Prince William’s two children.
As the longest-serving monarch in British history, she has tried to make her reign more modern and sensitive to a changing public while maintaining traditions associated with the crown.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf said in her birthday greetings, “We are thankful that God continues to endow Your Majesty with long life, good health and strength, so that you may remain an inspiration for the world, particularly the marginalized.”
President Sirleaf also said she was gratified that relations between Liberia and Great Britain have attained new and elevated heights, bolstered by the visit of the British Foreign Secretary to Liberia in February this year.
She underscored that her government has been invigorated by renewed commitments by the British Government to improve the country’s infrastructure, especially roads and energy, which are very critical to the fulfillment of Liberia’s development goals.