Britain's Queen Elizabeth planning 'gentler' 2016

Britain's Queen Elizabeth - who turns 90 in 2016 - is reportedly planning to take things at a slower pace this year but will not be cutting down the amount of engagements she undertakes.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth planning 'gentler' 2016

Britain's Queen Elizabeth will be doing things "more gently" this year.

The 89-year-old royal is reportedly not planning on cutting down the amount of her royal engagements but will just complete them at a slower pace by spacing them throughout the year more.

A source told HELLO! magazine: "She will not be doing less, just doing it more gently.

"There is a lot happening between now and July, so it is about trying to find new ways for her to work less strenuously."

And the Queen is also said to be hoping to spend more time at her countryside retreats, with a longer summer at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and long weekends at Windsor Castle, England.

One engagement the Queen is certain to appear at is her 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle in May.

Of the event, Simon Brooks-Ward, its producer and director, said: "We've been working hard to make this a most unique birthday celebration.

"We're especially delighted with our plans to offer an extra 5,000 people the chance to be part of the celebrations through our balloted system for tickets on The Long Walk."

Organisers made 25,000 tickets available - with prices ranging from £55 to £165 - for royal fans to help celebrate with the Queen during the event, which takes place over four days.

The Queen's official birthday will be marked, too, with a traditional street party in The Mall and a thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in June.

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