The Queen dressed up for dinner at Bellamy s restaurant in London with her daughter Princess Anne and cousin Princess Alexandra

By Simon Perry
Updated March 22, 2016 09:30 AM
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With her landmark birthday coming up, Queen Elizabeth is already feeling festive.

The Queen, in an eye-catching sparkling green dress and a layered string of pearls, joined daughter Princess Anne and cousin Princess Alexandra for a rare private night out Monday at Bellamy’s restaurant, a French brasserie and oyster bar in central London that won the coveted title of “Most Civilized Restaurant” by Tatler Magazine in 2014.

The palace won’t elaborate on the evening, saying it was a “private” dinner. And the restaurant, which offers popular dishes such as grilled swordfish, beurre ma tre d h tel at $23.55, a casserole of red mullet at $29 and steak tartare, pommes pont neuf at $27.80, is keeping quiet as well.

Queen Elizabeth, 89, rarely slips away from Buckingham Palace for a night out, but when she does, it hardly ever becomes public.

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Last year, Prince William, Princess Kate and other young royal family members hosted the Queen for an intimate celebration at Berry Brothers wine bar in Kensington.

Next month, the Queen is expected to be feted by her family at Windsor Castle for her 90th birthday on April 21. And in June, the country will come together for a four-day celebration in honor of the Queen with a series of events, including a grand picnic.

And on Tuesday, the Queen is set to carry out an investiture at Buckingham Palace – handing out honors to actors James Nesbitt, who will receive an OBE, and Barbara Windsor, who is to become a dame.