Although Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her birthday without the accompanying traditions and in private for the first time during her reign of 68 years, her family made sure to send her lots of love.
With the novel coronavirus pandemic still having a stronghold on most of the world, Queen Elizabeth II didn’t deem it “appropriate” to have the traditional birthday gun salutes in celebration of her birthday on April 21.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.
Instead, the monarch celebrated her 94th birthday in private while in quarantine with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, and she even reportedly received a special video call from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to wish her a happy day.
Meghan and Prince Harry relocated to Los Angeles after finishing their final round of engagements as senior working members of the royal family last month, and even little Archie, who turns 1 next month, joined in on the video call.
Before leaving the UK in March, Prince Harry and Meghan got to spend quality time with the Queen, and they even joined her for a Sunday church service before heading back to Canada.
“It was a really sweet gesture that the Queen asked them to church. It’s telling in the sense that these two are still her family. And as a family, they all love each other,” a source told PEOPLE.
With Prince Charles currently self-isolating with Camilla at his Birkhall residence, he paid tribute to his mother with a series of endearing pictures of them together.
The slideshow of photos that Prince Charles used to wish “her Majesty The Queen a very happy birthday,” included images of his as a baby, as well as happy moments with his mother in later years.
Kate Middleton and Prince William also made sure to send their love to the Queen on Tuesday with an image of them spending time with the monarch at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year.
Tomorrow, the Cambridges will celebrate another birthday, as Prince Louis turns 2-years-old.
In celebration of the Queen’s birthday, Buckingham Palace also released rare footage of the monarch from the Royal Collection Trust’s archives.
The incredible footage highlights various stages of Queen Elizabeth II during her childhood, which shows her playing around the garden with her younger sister, Princess Margaret, happily riding seesaw as a young girl, and playing with a pram as a toddler.
With the absence of the customary gun salutes, the bells of the Westminster Abbey Church will remain silent as well.
Additionally, the Queen's second birthday celebration in June also got canceled, as did the Trooping the Color, a tradition dating back to King George II.