Queen Elizabeth has turned 95 today and she is spending her day in private as the nation still mourns for Prince Philip. Any other year, the day would’ve been celebrated with a royal event. This year, however, due to the ongoing pandemic and the recent demise of Duke of Edinburg, there is no public plan for Queen’s birthday.
On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday, the Buckingham Palace issued a statement. The Queen stated, “While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world. My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days. We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
According to the palace, the queen will be spending the day at Windsor Castle, during a period of royal mourning. The editor of the royal blog “The Crown Chronicles”, Victoria Howard said, “Her birthday every year now will be tinged with that sadness. So many people have had to have lockdown birthdays and funerals that in a strange way it’s almost comforting that the royal family is going through it as well.”
The Queen’s birthday will be spent in private without any public event or celebration. This is her second birthday amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. Last year too, there were no grand celebrations and gun salutes on Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday as she felt it would be inappropriate in the pandemic.
Moreover, the Queen celebrates two birthdays in a year- day of her actual birth in April and an official birthday in June. It is when the traditional parade “Trooping the Color” takes place with soldiers in ceremonial uniform. However, the parade too was cancelled this year due to Covid. The last grand celebration for Queen’s birthday was on her 90th birthday, which also coincided with Prince Philips birthday. There was a big street party near Buckingham Palace for guests from charities that she is patron of.