Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Reportedly Video Called Queen Elizabeth for Her 94th Birthday
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.
BIRTHDAY WISHES BY VIDEO CALL
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.
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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA
“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.
PRINCE CHARLES’ WISHES TO HIS MOTHER
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.
PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE
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.
A SURPRISE FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE
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.
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Thank you for your messages today, on The Queen’s 94th birthday. In this private footage from the @royalcollectiontrust, we see The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) playing with her family, including her younger sister Princess Margaret. Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest reigning Monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty! To those of you also celebrating your birthdays today at home, with or without your loved ones - we send you many happy returns. Visit our highlight to learn more about The Queen’s childhood.
OTHER ROYAL EVENTS CANCELLED
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.
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