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Oooh Betty!

That nice old lady in the big house at Windsor turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.

Despite the fact that I believe it is highly inappropriate for her to be the sovereign head of state of Australia, she is by far the nicest member of her family and I wish her good health and many happy returns.

I'll leave it to Jonathan Freedland in today's Guardian to echo my sentiments a bit further. On the other side of the ledger is the leader in today's Telegraph. For party animals there is Her Majesty's Official 80th Birthday website.