April 21 marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 95th birthday. Her Majesty was born on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in London.
Her birthday comes less than two weeks after her husband, Prince Philip, died at 99. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully in Windsor Castle on April 9, the Buckingham Palace had reported.
Today is The Queen’s 95th birthday.
HM was born on 21 April 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in London, the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York.
This year The Queen remains at Windsor Castle during a period of Royal Mourning following the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/kOeH399Ndp
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 21, 2021
QUEEN’S 95TH BIRTHDAY
Mourning the demise of her husband, Duke of Edinburgh, which will continue till April 23, there will not be any grand celebrations on the Queen’s birthday this year. The family members will be visiting the Queen today to make sure she’s not left alone. The Mirror reported that the British Royal family members agreed on a rota to meet the Queen.
The Queen is at the Windsor Castle this year, during the period of Royal Mourning. Reportedly, the longest-reigning monarch will join Royal family members for a walk in Windsor while following all the social distancing norms. Her corgi puppies, Fergus and Muick, will also walk with the family.
THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS
The Queen normally celebrates her April birthday in private with her family. Every year, the Queen releases a portrait of herself on her birthday. However, this year the Queen has decided not to follow the tradition and cancelled plans to unveil the portrait.
Her private plans also include a chocolate birthday cake a recipe that has been passed down through generations of Royals. Each cake looks the same because the pastry chefs are instructed never to write a name on the cake. The recipe dates back to Queen Victoria and was written by her chef Gabriel Tschumi.
Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is also marked by traditional gun salutes, publically at midday in central London. However, this year, there won’t be any gun salutes. These gun salutes take place in Hyde Park, Windsor Great Park and the Tower of London. The gun salutes did not take place in 2020 as well. This was due to the lockdown imposed to curb the novel coronavirus outbreak.
While the Queen is celebrating her 95th birthday today (April 21), she also has a second official ceremonial birthday in the summer. The official celebration is known as the Trooping the Colour Ceremony.
PRINCE PHILIP’S FUNERAL
The Queen bade farewell to her husband of over seven decades at the funeral, held on April 17. It was attended by Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and other members of the royal household. The Duke was nine weeks away from his 100th birthday when he passed away.
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