Royal Family suspends Queen's 95th birthday plans following Prince Philip's funeral

The Queen's 95th birthday celebrations have been paused as a mark of respect

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Samir Hussein - Pool/WireImage)
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The Queen's 95th birthday will place on Wednesday, but the occasion won't feel like much of a celebration.

The Queen's 95th birthday falls on April 21, but it's unlikely to be a joyful affair. 

The date marks her first birthday in 74 years without Prince Philip, who was laid to rest at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

The British monarch, who was pictured sitting in solitude at the funeral of her late husband, was expected to commemorate the milestone age with the unveiling of a new portrait of her. 

However, with the Queen still in an official mourning period, these plans have been temporarily suspended. 

Instead, Her Majesty will spend the day with a 'tiny coterie' of about 20 royal staff who make up her Windsor bubble. The gun salutes normally fired on her birthday have also been called off, as a gesture of respect during this solemn time. This marks the second time in a row that the tradition has been canceled. The salutes did not go ahead last year either after Buckingham Palace deemed the celebratory ritual inappropriate amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A gun fires during a 41 Royal gun salute to mark the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II at Hyde Park on April 21, 2018 in London, England. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery rode out in the park with 71 horses pulling six First World War-era 13 pounder Field Guns. The Queen's actual birthday is on April 21 with her official birthday being marked with The Queen's Birthday Parade, known as Trooping the Colour, in June. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

The Queen's birthday is normally marked by gun salutes at Hyde Park in London 

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The Royal Family has reportedly banded around the Queen following the death of Prince Philip, devising a rota of visits to ensure she always has company during this dark period. They will take turns to spend time with the grieving monarch at her Windsor residence, accompanying her on walks with her beloved dogs as she processes her loss. 

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, is expected to drive from his Highgrove House in Gloucester to see his mother this week. His younger sister Princess Anne, who has always been close to the Queen, is also reportedly planning on stopping by.

For those who can't make the physical journey to Windsor, virtual communication will be used. With their children back in school after the Easter break, Prince William and Kate Middleton will rely on technology to connect with the Queen. The couple has reportedly already arranged a series of video calls with Her Majesty over the coming weeks, in which she will be able to safely see her cherished great-grandchildren, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. 

Emma Dooney
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Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

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