The Queen reveals 'great sadness' following the death of Prince Philip

Lucy Scott
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Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Today is likely to be a difficult day for the Queen, who is celebrating her 95th birthday just 12 days after the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.

As the royal family rallies around her, The Queen marked the occasion by speaking out for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh died.

A statement on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account reads, ‘I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate. 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.’

The note continues, ‘My family and I would like to thank you for all 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 through his life. Elizabeth R.’

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The Queen and the royal family are officially in mourning, so it’s unlikely there will be any celebrations, however it has been reported that her family are making an extra effort to ensure the Queen feels supported and will no doubt see her on this milestone birthday.

According to The Mirror, the family have a rota system in place so Her Majesty is continually surrounded by loved ones. She also has two new corgi puppies to keep her busy at this difficult time and was pictured taking them for a walk in Windsor Castle on the eve of the funeral.

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The previous Instagram post shows a picture of the Queen smiling, with the caption:

‘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 remains at Windsor Castle, during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.’

Traditionally, the Queen’s birthday is marked by gun salutes in Hyde Park and the Tower of London, however these have been cancelled for the second year running thanks to the Covid pandemic.

Our thoughts remain with the Queen and the entire royal family at this time.

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