The monarch is turning 95 on Wednesday (April 21) and the celebration will be much more subdued than usual, People reports.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9 and was buried at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday (April 17). As this will be Queen Elizabeth‘s first birthday after his death, she will not be participating in certain traditions as she continues to mourn her husband.
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The Queen and other royal family members often commemorate their birthdays by sharing new portraits with the public. However, this year she will not be releasing a photo.
The public celebrations for the Queen’s birthday will also be different this year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual Trooping the Colour event, which is held in June to mark Queen Elizabeth‘s birthday and often features the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham palace, has been cancelled for the second year in a row.
While plans for a smaller celebration in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle may still take place, it is still unclear if any of the Queen’s family will be able to join her.
There is, however, speculation that Prince Harry will extend his trip to the U.K. in order to be with his grandmother for her birthday.
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