The Queen’s Birthday: The Royal Family shares a photo celebrating without Prince Philip

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Buckingham Palace has shared a photo of the Queen celebrating her 95th birthday without Prince Philip.

The photo, released this morning on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, shows the queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble during a royal engagement.

The Queen has worn the outfit on a number of occasions, including a 2020 visit to MI5 headquarters and the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Celebrations this year will be subdued with no traditional gun salutes as the Queen continues to mourn the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.

Buckingham Palace has shared a smiling photo of the Queen on the occasion of her 95th birthday celebrating without Prince Philip

Buckingham Palace has shared a smiling photo of the Queen on the occasion of her 95th birthday celebrating without Prince Philip

The photo, released this morning on the Royal Family's official Instagram account, shows the queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble during a royal engagement.

The photo, released this morning on the Royal Family's official Instagram account, shows the queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble during a royal engagement.

The photo, released this morning on the Royal Family’s official Instagram account, shows the queen smiling in a burgundy ensemble during a royal engagement.

The photo, reposted by Kensington Palace and Clarence House accounts, was shared with the caption, ‘Today is the Queen’s 95th birthday.

The Queen was born at 2.40 am on April 21, 1926 at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

“Her Majesty is staying at Windsor Castle this year, during a period of Royal Mourning after the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.”

The oldest reigning monarch in the world will spend the day at Windsor Castle with her small staff bubble due to the pandemic.

In an effort to keep Her Majesty company, the family has arranged a schedule to visit the Queen for the next few days to ensure she is not left alone.

Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are said to be among the Queen’s first visitors.

Celebrations this year will be a subdued affair with no traditional gun salutes as the Queen continues to mourn her 73-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, whom she has dubbed her 'strength and abode'.  Pictured, the couple in 2003

Celebrations this year will be a subdued affair with no traditional gun salutes as the Queen continues to mourn her 73-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, whom she has dubbed her 'strength and abode'.  Pictured, the couple in 2003

Celebrations this year will be a subdued affair with no traditional gun salutes as the Queen continues to mourn her 73-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, whom she has dubbed her ‘strength and abode’. Pictured, the couple in 2003

The Queen is currently observing a two-week mourning period after Prince Philip’s death on April 9.

Typically, the Queen’s birthday is marked with a 21-gun salute fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Hyde Park or Green Park, followed by a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London by the Honorable Artillery Company.

This year it will not take place, it is the second year in a row that the monarch has shunned tradition.

The Queen decided last year that the festive display of military firepower would not be ‘appropriate’ as the UK was trapped with thousands of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Queen has worn the outfit on a number of occasions, including a 2020 visit to MI5 headquarters (pictured) and the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen has worn the outfit on a number of occasions, including a 2020 visit to MI5 headquarters (pictured) and the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen has worn the outfit on a number of occasions, including a 2020 visit to MI5 headquarters (pictured) and the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a tribute to the Queen today by writing a message on Twitter

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a tribute to the Queen today by writing a message on Twitter

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a tribute to the Queen today by writing a message on Twitter

Trooping the Color, which is usually held in June to mark the Queen’s ‘official’ birthday, will also not be held for its second year due to the Covid pandemic.

Instead, courtiers are considering an ‘alternative parade’ in Windsor Castle’s quadrangle, similar to an event called ‘mini Trooping’ held last summer.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a tribute to the Queen today, saying, “I want to send Her Majesty the Queen my heartfelt wishes on her 95th birthday.

“I have always had the greatest admiration for Her Majesty and her service to this country and the Commonwealth. I am proud to be its prime minister. ‘

Poignant images of Her Majesty bowing her head and viewing the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh from behind a mask in St George's Chapel has displaced millions of people across Britain and around the world

Poignant images of Her Majesty bowing her head and viewing the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh from behind a mask in St George's Chapel has displaced millions of people across Britain and around the world

Poignant images of Her Majesty bowing her head and viewing the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh from behind a mask in St George’s Chapel has displaced millions of people across Britain and around the world

Born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, in central London, the Queen grew up expecting not to become a queen.  Her father, George VI, only took the crown when his older brother Edward VIII resigned in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.  In the photo: the newborn Princess Elizabeth with her mother and father

Born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, in central London, the Queen grew up expecting not to become a queen.  Her father, George VI, only took the crown when his older brother Edward VIII resigned in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.  In the photo: the newborn Princess Elizabeth with her mother and father

Born on April 21, 1926 in Bruton Street, in central London, the Queen grew up expecting not to become a queen. Her father, George VI, only took the crown when his older brother Edward VIII resigned in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. In the photo: the newborn Princess Elizabeth with her mother and father

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