Clarence House, the Twitter account of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwell, paid tribute to the queen with a touching collage of images. The post featured the queen playing with Prince Charles as a baby, the prince receiving the runner-up prize from Her Majesty at the Silver Jubilee Cup match, the couple riding in a carriage with the queen, and the monarch at the Braemar Gathering with Prince Charles and her daughter, Princess Anne.
Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy 94th Birthday ???? pic.twitter.com/ycTa0i00VY
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 21, 2020
“Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 94th birthday today!” Kensington Palace tweeted.
The Royal Family Twitter account shared a touching tribute. In private footage from the Royal Collection Trust, the video shows Her Majesty as a toddler with her younger sister Princess Margaret. The account followed up its birthday tribute with a tweet that featured a photo montage of the queen throughout the years.
“Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces, Head of State in 16 countries and the longest-reigning monarch in British History. Wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty!”
Her Majesty usually marks her birthday with a customary 41-gun salute in Green Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London. However, for the first time in her 68-year reign, her birthday will pass in silence. The change in tradition is reportedly in line with her wishes. A spokesperson from Britain’s Ministry of Defence confirmed to NBC News that it’s canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The queen has reportedly expressed that the celebrations wouldn’t be appropriate given the lockdown order that is affecting the United Kingdom.
Her Majesty has also canceled her official birthday celebration in June, the Trooping the Colour. Buckingham Palace announced on March 27 that “in line with Government advice, it has been agreed that The Queen’s Birthday Parade will not go ahead in its traditional form.”
At the moment, the palace has yet to announce any alternative celebrations for her birthday.
Instead, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her birthday at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip. She has been staying there since her televised address to the British public.