It is expected that in these circumstances and taking into account the restrictions for the fight against coronavirus, this year’s celebrations on the occasion of the monarch’s birthday will not take place.
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is celebrating her 95th birthday in mourning over the death of her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9 at the age of 99. As expected, in the circumstances and taking into account the restrictions for the fight against coronavirus, this year’s celebrations on the occasion of the monarch’s birthday will not take place.
Elizabeth II will celebrate her 95th birthday surrounded by a limited circle of people at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying for six months after introducing strict restrictions in England amid the spread of the coronavirus. It was at this castle, located about 40 km from London in Berkshire that the monarch and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary and Christmas at the end of last year. On the territory of this residence, the funeral of Prince Philip was held on April 17.
In connection with the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal family is in two weeks of mourning, which will end on April 23. Thus, for this reason, no gun salutes will be produced this year. The birthday of Elizabeth II is traditionally celebrated with 21 blank volleys from cannons from the First World War. Still, for the second year in a row, the queen will do without them: in 2020, artillery salutes did not take place due to restrictions due to the pandemic. As noted by the PA agency, because of the mourning, likely, the social networks of Buckingham Palace will also not appear festive photos of the monarch, which are usually published on Her Majesty’s birthday.
At the same time, due to restrictions against the background of the pandemic, the monarch will not be able to celebrate the holiday in the company of a large number of his relatives. At the moment, the entourage of Elizabeth II consists of only a few dozen people who limit contact with the outside world, including members of their own families. Unofficially, they are called the “protective cocoon” created around the queen.
Otherwise, the birthday of Elizabeth II this year will not be very different from the previous ones in its content. As a rule, on April 21, the queen dispenses with special celebrations. The parade and festivities traditionally take place on her official birthday, celebrated on the second Saturday of June. However, in the face of the pandemic, the parade in central London on this occasion was canceled for the second year in a row.
Elizabeth II, born in 1926, ascended the throne at the age of 25, succeeding her father George VI (1895-1952). In September 2015, Elizabeth II surpassed the record of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) for the longest stay on the throne. After the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (Rama IX) on October 13, 2016) she became the longest-reigning living monarch in the world. Elizabeth II is also the oldest serving head of state.
On February 6, 2017, the Queen celebrated her 65th year on the throne, becoming the first British monarch to celebrate the “sapphire” anniversary of her reign. The board’s “platinum” 70th anniversary is less than a year away.
On the throne without a spouse This year, Elizabeth II will celebrate her first birthday on the throne without the Duke of Edinburgh, with whom she was married for 73 years. During this time, the couple had four children – the heir to the throne, Prince Charles of Wales, Princess Anne, Duke Andrew of York, and Earl Edward of Wessex, and later-eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The Queen’s husband’s funeral was held on Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Due to restrictions due to the coronavirus, only 30 of the closest members of the royal family took part in the funeral ceremony.