SHORT TAKES : 4 Royal Birthdays Celebrated

<i> From Times Wire Services</i>

Queen Elizabeth II entertained more than 800 guests at a glittering ball in Buckingham Palace honoring four royal birthdays, including her mother’s 90th.

Guests at the Wednesday event that the palace called “the dance of the decades” included friends of the royal family from the arts, politics and high society.

The ball marked the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother on Aug. 4, the 60th birthday of the queen’s sister Princess Margaret on Aug. 21, the 40th birthday of the queen’s daughter Princess Anne on Aug. 15, and the 30th birthday of the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, on Feb. 19.