The Queen turns 95 years old

Bianca Betancourt
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Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

The Queen is marking her birthday a little differently this year.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the recent death of Prince Philip, Her Majesty is celebrating her 95th birthday with a scaled-down get-together.

A Palace source confirmed that a new birthday portrait of the monarch will not be released to the public, as her official mourning period continues until this Friday. The Queen, along with other members of the Royal Family – including Prince Charles and his sons, Princes William and Harry – came together on Saturday to honour the life of the Duke of Edinburgh with an official funeral ceremony.

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

Furthermore, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense stated that the traditional gun salutes, which take place at Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark the Queen’s birthday, will not happen for the second year in a row. (The tradition took an initial pause last year due to the start of national lockdowns across the country.) The Queen’s annual summertime birthday celebration of Trooping the Colour will also not take place this year.

Though the Queen will not be taking part in any public Royal engagements in the coming weeks, she will still be working from home. The monarch will personally respond to messages from world leaders who expressed their condolences over the Duke’s death. Prince William, the Duchess Kate and Prince Charles are also expected to respond to global figures who reached out after Philip’s passing with correspondence being sent out via Kensington Palace and Clarence House.