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How to throw a birthday party fit for a queen

In honor of the Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, we thought it'd be worth an honorary pause to consider how one celebrates the turning of another regal year.

For Queen Elizabeth, who turned 85 on Thursday, the answer involves a visit to Westminster Abbey and participation in the Royal Maundy service, "an Easter tradition whereby the sovereign gives out specially minted silver coins to the elderly," according to the Associated Free Press.

Of course, any birthday girl is the de facto queen of the day, and fortunately for most, your presence isn't required at any ceremonies if that's not what you had in mind for your big day.

For budding princesses, a decorate-your-own tiara party favor is the perfect birthday party favor and activity rolled into one - of course, the guest of honor gets the most elaborate crown. Grown up monarchs can indulge in fleur-de-lis scented soap favors for themselves and all of their guest dignitaries. By royal decree, a diamond ring wine stopper will be placed into every guest's favor bag as well.