- Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 90th birthday Thursday
- After six decades of tireless service, why is she still so popular?
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday. Veteran CNN royal-watcher Roger Clark recalls the time he met the Queen, reflects on her six decades of public service and asks what it is that makes her so popular. For full coverage of the British royal family, head to cnn.com/royals
(CNN)King George VI once told his daughter she wouldn't remember most of the people she would meet in her life. But His Majesty said those very people would always remember the day THEY met HER.
Patience - more than a virtue
Little is known about her
Sense of duty
So why is the Queen so popular?
"I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family." So said the then Princess Elizabeth 69 years ago as she broadcast to the British Empire on her 21st birthday.