Members of the royal family can isolate themselves separately at this time – Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Windsor, Prince Charles and Camilla in Scotland, Prince William and Kate Middleton in Norfolk, the list goes on – but that doesn’t did stop marking the British 94th anniversary of the monarch.
The family went to Instagram to celebrate the Queen’s big day, posting pretty pictures of her alongside her birthday wishes.
Prince William and Kate chose to share a photo of themselves with the queen at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show. “Wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy 94th birthday today!” they wrote.
Prince Charles and Camilla posted an old image of the Queen with a (very) young Charles, a second photo of the pair when Charles was a young adult and finally a more recent photo. “Wishing Her Majesty the Queen a very happy 94th birthday,” they wrote, echoing Will and Kate.
The official Royal Family account, which represents the Queen, Prince Philip and several other members of the Royal Family who do not have their own handles, shared a touching video compilation of the Queen as a child. “Head of the Commonwealth, head of the armed forces, head of state in 16 countries and the oldest monarch in British history. Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Happy birthday, Your Majesty!” the comment read.
While the Windsors have always celebrated the occasion, the Queen’s birthday will be very different this year, due to the ongoing pandemic. At his request, there would be no gun salutes – it would be the first time in his 68-year reign that his birthday was not marked this way. There will also be no requirement for government vessels to pilot the Union Jack.
Her other birthday, the long-awaited Trooping the Color fashion show, was also canceled.