Queen Elizabeth Celebrates 94th Birthday In Lockdown

Written by on April 21, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth turned 94 on Tuesday however the coronavirus lockdown meant there was little fanfare to mark the event.

Elizabeth, the world’s eldest and longest-reigning monarch, sometimes spends her birthday privately with out a lot public celebration however this 12 months the occasion will probably be much more muted.

Royal birthdays and anniversaries are historically marked by ceremonial gun salutes, by which clean rounds are fired from varied places throughout London, however the queen felt it could be inappropriate to permit this to go forward given the circumstances.

The newest official figures present that about 16,000 Britons contaminated with the brand new coronavirus have died in hospital, the fifth highest quantity globally. The nation is in its fourth week of lockdown, with most companies closed and residents ordered to remain at residence.

Flags are normally flown on authorities buildings to mark the queen’s birthday however officers have been informed that this 12 months not everybody could be anticipated to rearrange for that to occur.

The one official acknowledgment from the royal household got here by way of Twitter the place Buckingham Palace posted a personal household movie of Elizabeth as a baby, enjoying together with her late youthful sister Margaret.

“Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 nations and the longest reigning Monarch in British Historical past. Spouse, mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. Blissful birthday, Your Majesty!” the message stated.

The queen is spending the day at Windsor Fortress, west of London, the place she has been through the lockdown together with her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip.

From there, she has issued numerous rallying messages to the nation, together with solely the fifth televised tackle of her 68-year reign.

On Monday Philip made an announcement, a uncommon occasion since he retired from public life three years in the past, to thank these concerned within the response to the coronavirus disaster.

Elizabeth, who was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Avenue, central London, grew up not anticipating to change into queen. Her father, George VI, solely took the crown when his elder brother Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 on the age of 25, and surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest reigning monarch in September 2015.

“Inevitably an extended life can cross by many milestones,” she stated on the time.

Buckingham Palace final month stated a parade to rejoice the queen’s official birthday, which normally takes place in June, wouldn’t go forward in its conventional type in gentle of restrictions on social gatherings.

Reporting by Michael Holden, modifying by Estelle Shirbon/Man Faulconbridge

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