Many people have celebrated their birthday at home due to the ongoing pandemic, including the Queen. But worry not, as her family made sure that the monarch felt special on her big day. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who is now living in Los Angeles, a video called the Queen on Tuesday to wish her the happiest birthday, the couple’s spokesperson has confirmed. Harry and Meghan were joined by their son, Archie, who himself will be turning one next month.
The Queen has been keeping in touch with lots of people and organizations from isolation in Windsor Castle over the past few weeks, and of course, she had video calls from the rest of the royal family on her birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also congratulated the monarch by sharing a sweet photo of the trio together on social media. The photo is of the three of them at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019, with the caption: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 94th birthday today!” along with a birthday cake and balloon emoji, on the Kensington Royal Instagram account.
Prince Charles also wished his mother a happy birthday with a touching message for her shared in the official Clarence House Instagram account. The future King really made a touching post to the monarch, sharing a series of photos of the pair together, ranging from Charles as a baby, to a recent snapshot showing them laughing together at the Braemar Games. The group of photos went with the caption: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 94th Birthday.”
At the moment, the now 94-year-old monarch is self-isolating at Windsor Castle with her 98-year-old husband, Prince Phillip, along with reduced household for their protection. Due to the ongoing crisis, for the first time in her 68-year long reign, the Queen decided to cancel any plans she had for her birthday celebration, so instead of the usual gun salute and “special measures” to honour the monarch, she celebrated privately.
“We will not be marking Her Majesty’s birthday in any special way,” a palace source said. “Any calls, video calls etc with the family will be private and kept so. There will be a social media post as per normal.” The palace source added: “There will be no gun salutes – Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances. We believe that this may be the first time in her reign.”
Usually, when it comes to a monarchs birthday, there is a 21-gun salute is fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from either Hyde Park or Green Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company. But the Queen decided against it, thinking that a celebratory display of military firepower would not be “appropriate” at this time. The bells of Westminster Abbey, where she and Prince Phillip made their vows, also stayed silent on her birthday for the first time in more than a decade.