How the Queen is marking her 95th birthday

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read

The Queen turns 95 today (Wednesday, April 21st) but there will be no public celebrations to commemorate the occasion, as it arrives just four days after the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The monarch will mark the day in a private and low-key way as she continues to observe two weeks of mourning until Friday (April 23rd).

No photograph is expected to be released this year - instead the Royal Family's social media accounts have shared a picture of the Queen attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12th, 2018.

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"Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday," the Royal Family's message reads. "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 remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh."

It's believed that some of the Queen's family members have remained with her at Windsor castle, along with 20 staff members, called the 'HMS Bubble'.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The monarch's birthday comes less than two weeks after Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, passed away on April 9th, at the age of 99. A ceremonial funeral was held for Philip on Saturday, April 17th, at St George's Chapel at Windsor.

Only 30 guests could attend due to coronavirus restrictions, and they included senior royal family members such as Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, and Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

The Queen's official birthday on June 12th is traditionally celebrated by the Trooping of the Colour parade, but the event has been cancelled again due to the pandemic.

Buckingham Palace said options for a parade in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle - which took place last year - are being considered instead.

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