Israel's former president Shimon Peres has wished Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday in a special video message on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
"From my own experience I can tell you that in my judgment – life begin at the age of 90, and they go up better and better," said the 92-year-old Peres. "It is really a blessing not just a wish, a blessing to you, to us, that you will continue to guide, to inspire, to offer a smile, to the young and the old and make our lives different, despite all the problems and wars we went through.
"You are a great leader for the free world; you are a great hope for the coming generations. God bless you."
In his official note to the queen, Peres continued to praise her as "a beacon of light".
"For nine decades the world has been graced by your reign. You are a beacon of light to your nation and serve as a source of inspiration for individuals across the world.
"Great Britain and the Commonwealth symbolize democracy, faith and harmony and it is your reign that has instilled and insured these values are preserved. Therefore, Your Majesty, I wish for you to continue dreaming, building your magnificent nation and carrying the British spirit."