Harper's Bazaar: Inside the Queen's Plans for 95th Birthday 4 Days after Her Husband's Funeral
Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 95th successful trip around the sun on Wednesday, but her birthday bash will look different this year following Prince Philip's death and the pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth is reaching the 95-year mark tomorrow, and despite the major milestone, the monarch's celebrations will take on a different form this year.
In the wake of Prince Philip's death and the ongoing regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queen Elizabeth will ring in her 95th birthday with an intimate get-together instead of an elaborate party.
DEATH AND A PANDEMIC
Although celebrations are in order with the Queen's birthday around the corner, various factors play into the change of plans for the monarch's party in 2021.
Queen Elizabeth's birthday falls within the mourning period following the death of her husband of 73 years. Hence, she plans to spend the day with a few close family members and avoid a large gathering.
Britain is in a week of national mourning, honoring the life of Prince Philip. Queen Elizabeth's husband of 73 years died on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 12, 2021
Over the weekend, members of the Royal family talked about Philip and his loss.@HollyMAWilliams reports. pic.twitter.com/jlIGcxGNjv
SECOND YEAR IN A ROW
This is the second birthday that the traditions surrounding the reigning royal's birthday have been put aside. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, the usual gun salutes at Hyde Park and the Tower of London were canceled.
Royal fans wonder if the Duke of Sussex will extend his stay to be able to celebrate his grandmother's birthday with his family.
The traditional gun salute will not occur this year either, and the summer party held in honor of the monarch every year, called Trooping the Colour, will be skipped in 2021.
Prince Harry could delay his return to the U.S. until after Queen Elizabeth's 95th birthday, perhaps as a way to ease his relationship with his family. https://t.co/HvI4y3gpa2— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) April 19, 2021
NO NEW PORTRAIT
With the royal family's birthday traditions spoiled by COVID-19, the Duke of Edinburgh's death results in the lack of a new birthday portrait being released for Queen Elizabeth's 95th birthday.
Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch's big day would not go unmarked this year as they plan a smaller gathering to take place in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle.
Prince Harry is staying back in the UK to celebrate his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II's 95th birthday before going back to his wife, Meghan Markle.— Legit.ng | Leading the way (@legitngnews) April 19, 2021
Harry travelled down to join his family for the funeral of his grandfather, #PrincePhilip. #PrinceHarry https://t.co/V7cestBTHk
STILL IN MOURNING
The toned-down celebrations will be damped by the sadness that follows the death and funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth had to sit alone at her husband's funeral to keep with COVID-19 regulations.
The lonely and solitary moment of the monarch sitting in St. George's chapel alone marks the end of a 73-year-long love story between her and Prince Philip. He died at the age of 99.
Prince Harry walked up behind his brother William and sister in law Kate after #PrincePhilipfuneral before they were seen speaking to each other. Today is the first time Harry has seen his family in a year since leaving his royal role and that Oprah Winfrey interview pic.twitter.com/09bSWdljhY— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) April 17, 2021
Prince William and Prince Harry were united at their grandfather's funeral. The two brothers were seen walking and conversing after the service was finished, which showed that there might be an improvement in their relationship.
There is also speculation surrounding Prince Harry, who returned to the U.K. for the first time in a year, as royal fans wonder if the Duke of Sussex will extend his stay to celebrate his grandmother's birthday with his family.
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