Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 94th Birthday in Isolation with Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II is set to mark her 94th birthday while in isolation with her husband, Prince Philip.
As the world continues to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her 94th birthday during isolation.
The news, which was made public by a Twitter account, was confirmed by CNN in an article that explained that for the first time in 68 years, the traditional royal gun salute which the Palace uses to mark Her Majesty's birthday would not be fired this year.
Since the lockdown became effective in the UK in March, the Royal Family has taken up using Zoom.
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🇮🇪 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting Ireland on a three day tour. The couple will make stops in County Meath, County Kildare and Galway and are looking forward to meeting a broad range of people from the creative arts, business and charity sectors. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh last visited Ireland in 2011, during a state visit. It was the first visit by a reigning British monarch to the area that is now the Republic of Ireland since the 1911 tour, by her grandfather King George V. Head over to @kensingtonroyal to follow the tour!
According to the site's source, the 94-year-old put a hold on the celebrations as she felt that it would be improper to host a grand occasion due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Palace has, instead, opted to mark the Queen's 94th birthday on April 21 through social media while she continues to stay in isolation with her husband, Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle.
It will be a much more low-key occasion than normal, but Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday today. HMQ is currently in isolation at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip, and a small number of staff #TheQueen pic.twitter.com/DJUTmbUOJ0— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) April 21, 2020
With that in mind, Daily Mail reported that royal aides have been planning to set-up video calls that would permit Her Majesty's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to wish her a happy birthday.
Since the lockdown became effective in the UK in March, the Royal Family has taken up using Zoom with Prince William and Kate Middleton holding conversations with school children and the odd interviews with media outlets.
Although a Buckingham Palace spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied if a Zoom call between the Queen and the rest of the family would be allowed, many people have assumed that that's the video-call application they would be using during this time.
Another tradition that would be excluded from this year's celebration is the Queen's birthday parade, which is also known as Trooping the Colour.
The tradition, which was started by King George II in 1748, was held annually in mid-June to mark the official celebration of the Queen's birthday.
Additionally, ITV revealed that given the rules that have been put in place concerning flying the Union Jack on the monarch's birthday, the Government addressed all local authorities through a letter that said:
"In the current circumstances we are not expecting everyone to be able to follow this advice."
Royal fans have already begun sending their love to the 94-year-old monarch through social media.
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