Watch: Queen’s 95th birthday to be private and low key
A sombre message with no birthday wishes has been shared by the Royal Family’s social media accounts as the Queen marks her first widow’s birthday.
Prince Philip died on 9 April and the Queen remains in a period of royal mourning until tomorrow.
Like the queen she usually marks a real birthday in private and a ceremonial or official birthday as a public occasion.
But in times of coronavirus and grief, this is still the quietest.
In a post on Twitter and Instagram the Royal Family said: “Today is the Queen’s 95th birthday.
“The Queen was born at 2.40am on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
“This year Her Majesty is staying at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.”
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The message appeared alongside a picture of the Queen in engagement at MI5.
Other royal accounts, such as Kensington Royal, representing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, usually shared their own messages.
But the account seems to stop sharing Royal Mail mail on its stories, instead of exclusive mail.
The Royal Family post brings a significant difference to the message shared last year, which came with private home photos of the Queen as a child of the Royal Collection Trust.
The 2020 message read: “Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!”
He continued: “Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Queen in British History. Happy Birthday wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Your Majesty!
“For those of you who are also celebrating your birthdays today at home, with or without your loved ones – we send you many happy returns.”
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The Queen is reported to be seeing some of her family today, with restrictions eased sufficiently to allow for outdoor gatherings.
She will probably be walking her new bodice, Fergus and Muick.
Announcing her birthday, Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “I would like to send my warm wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on her 95th birthday.
“I have always had the highest admiration for Her Majesty and her service to this country and the Commonwealth.
“I am proud to serve as its Prime Minister.”
Despite royal mourning, many of their family members have been carrying on some of their duties, including Prince William, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.
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While the Queen conducted two engagements during the week leading up to the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, she has delegated some of her work over the past few days.
Prince William promised to “get on with the job” as his grandfather would have wanted.
Although the Queen would have been expecting a low key birthday in April, it has already been confirmed that the official anniversary celebration of Trooping the Color will be smaller this year as well.
In 2020, she had a “mini Trooping” at Windsor Castle in June which marked her official birthday. Usually hundreds of people would have taken part and thousands would have watched in central London.
But hopes for a return to the prestigious ceremony were shattered earlier this year and Buckingham Palace said it would also look to hold a smaller event for its 2021 birthday.
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